Wayfarer Country Pub and Restaurant
Monday 26th May
Marg and I had been out for the day. We'd gone to
see the new "Botany Bay" store at Colne. The Cafe there didn't
enthrall us, so we headed back towards Parbold with the intention of
visiting a pub that had been recommended to us by friends.
Unfortunately, Monday was their "Quiz" night so
they weren't serving food that afternoon - that review will have to
wait for another day.
We wandered a little further down the road and
saw the Wayfarer. As we pulled in to the car park at 16:55, the
place looked decidedly closed. Luckily, we were still in the car
park when the lights went on and a chef arrived and told us the
place opened at 5pm.
It's a typical Lancashire country pub - low,
beamed ceilings and - even empty - with a warm atmosphere.
I decided to try a pint of the "Honey Rider"
bitter, and Marg indly offered to drive so had a coke while we read
the menus - Isay menus because they have two - one for the bar and
pub, another, a la carte, for the restaurant.
As I struggled to make a final decision, the pub
quickly filled. I noticed that there were quite a few families there
- most with babes-in-arms. There was absolutely no problem with
these children and it was a pleasure to see such family outings.
Both menus looked interesting, but we settled for
he pub one because Marg really fancied the Haddock and Chips!
I started with Thai King Prawns with noodles -
Marg, as per usual, didn't want a starter.
The dish was really very good - much better than
I expected from a Lancashire pub! Marg tried the noodles and was
suitably impressed (though she would never dream of trying the
Marg's Haddock was delicious - light and flaky,
with batter which was crisp and devoid of grease.
My Gammon steak, with Egg and Pineapple, was
equally good - the "Chunky" chips being done to a turn. The
vegetables - carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and string beans, were
"al dente" and fresh-tasting. Though I consider such vegetables
to be incomplete without a dab of butter, I decided doing without
was better for my health because Marg was glaring at my suggestion
that we ask for some. Well, that and the fact that I've recently
suspended taking my Statins.
I finished with another pint of the excellent
Honey Rider, and the bill came to £32 - not bad at all.
Service was excellent, prompt and attentive,
friendly yet unobtrusive.
Finally, we were pleased to notice that the noise
level was much better than many restaurants we've visited
Sandro & Marg