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The Yew Tree

The Yew Tree
Dill Hall Brow,
Heath Charnock
Nr Chorley
Tel: 01257 480344

For a change Margaret and I decided to surprise Karl and Sandro and take them out for a meal. The Yew Tree was recommended to me by a work colleague and I went for lunch on friday with a friend to see whether it lived up to its reputation.

We went on Monday 15th May to try out the"millenium monday madness deal" which consists of 3 course meal, coffee and mints for £10.00 per person - sounds a bargain.

We had booked for 7:30 and arrived promptly, as always, we were given the menus and allowed a few minutes to browse the menus whilst enjoying a drink in the bar area. We were shown to our table when our starters were ready (I liked this idea, informal but nice)

Our choices for the evening were as follows:

We chose to drink the house red wine at approx. £8.00 per bottle and it tasted ok, well we had 2 bottles so it must have been ok. 

Margaret had the melon which she said was really refreshing as it was such a hot night. Karl and Sandro had fresh strips of spinach pasta with smoked haddock and 
onions in a cream sauce. I was surprised by Karl's choice because he doesn't normally like pasta dishes, he said it was good, so it must have been. I opted for Button mushrooms, onions and peppers sautéed with garlic in a 
white wine and cream sauce, it was good just too many peppers for my liking.

Karl and Sandro had steak, for their main courses, served with sauce marchand de vin. Their verdict was nice size steak and very tasty and cooked to perfection. Margaret went for oven baked supreme of chicken with a sauce of mushrooms, shallots, white wine and cream, again the verdict was very tasty, large portion but tasty. I chose French trimmed lamb cutlets, grilled with garlic and rosemary, they smelt gorgeous and tasted just as good.

All meals were served with new potatoes, sautéed potatoes (which were really good),leeks and carrots.

All the meals and accompaniments were served to us at the table so we could decide which we wanted and how much we wanted which is a good idea as myself and Margaret don't eat half as much as Sandro and even less when compared to Karl's portions so this way every one got enough to eat.

Then came desserts of which we had to try, just to see what they were like of course. Margaret chose vanilla ice cream and was expecting just a blob of  ice cream but got a knicker bocker glory size helping of ice cream. Karl had apple pie and ice cream which he ate all of it so it must have been good. I chose sticky toffee pudding and ice cream which was heavenly but I did have to leave some. Sandro chose strawberry pavlova which I'm afraid to say didn't look its best but Sandro did eat most of it.

All this was followed by coffee and mints.

Summary of the evening: 

Pleasant atmosphere, polite staff, good value for money, not a place were you would leave feeling hungry, definitely recommend it to friends and we will return, we fancy trying out the Sunday lunch. 

Rayanne, Karl, Margaret and Sandro (the usual 4)


Also, Sandro writes .....

Rayanne, one of our dining partners, had been with a friend to this restaurant a couple of days ago. She liked it so much, she immediately booked for the four of us for the following Monday - when they had a "£20 per couple" special.

We quite often take a trip up to Rivington Old Barn - its lovely countryside, and we're particularly interested in the large congregation of motorcycles which appears any time the weather's good. The Yew Tree isn't far away, but I don't think I've ever seen it.

After a drive along sun-drenched country roads, we arrived at the typically "Country Pub" style restaurant and ordered a couple of beers and a couple of cokes.

The menu was quite extensive, and interesting - a considerable cut above the norm as far as I've experienced.

The staff were friendly and efficient.

Both Karl and I started with Spinach fettucine, with a cream sauce of haddock pieces and a boiled egg (the boiled egg had been missed off accidentally, and the chef apologised profusely - it's just as well it was left off, as by the time I'd finished the first course, I was ready for a nap!). Interestingly, the suace had tiny shallots in it, and these turned out to be pickled silverskin onions - the cooking had removed most of the tanginess of vinegar, but had left just enough to add a little piquancy.

Marg had Melon (she never eats much, and the restaurant was quite hot - the weather outside was unusually hot). We chode the house red - and managed to get through two bottles of it, so it wasn't too bad!

Rae had Button Mushrooms

For main courses, Rae had Lamb chops - which arrived with a waft of aroma which made me wish I'd ordered the same - they were beautifully char-grilled, and pink inside.

Karl and I both had the Sirloin steaks, and Marg opted for Chicken.

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The Yew tree

Total Score: 64%
Quality: Good
Service: Average
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Average

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