Spring is in the air. To quote Tennyson “’tis the season when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love”. However, for some of us not so young, it turns to thoughts of weeding and buying the bedding plants.
So after a spot of the aforesaid weeding, it was off towards Chester for horticultural retail therapy. Of course, whilst thoughts were of lavender, lobelia and lilac, lunch was also there “front & centre”. So, before visiting one of my fave plant places, it was off to The Boot Inn - a bit “middle of nowhere” outside the village of Kelsall. The building is a series of early 19th century cottages gradually converted into a pub from the early 20th onwards.
It’s a friendly welcoming place. While I waiting for the food to arrive, I was offered magazines to read as I was on my own. Nice touch.
My starter was as seasonal as you’re likely to find. A sauté of Jersey Royals, a few griddled asparagus stems, topped with a poached egg and shavings of parmesan. It can only improve in a week or so when English asparagus replaces the obvious import. Hefty portion – it’d just about have done as a main for someone not very hungry. Price - £6.75 off the “specials” board
A main brought three enormous slices of lambs liver with a well made and very flavoursome shallot and bacon gravy. A bowl of hand cut chips also arrived (as an extra). These were “proper” chips – none of your effete fries – good size and fried to crisp perfection. Another nice touch is that, without asking, three little bowls also arrived – containing English & wholegrain mustards and horseradish. But, I didn’t need them. Cost was £10.70 plus £2.50 for the chips.
If you’re in the area, this is pub grub not to be missed.
And, later in the season, there are a couple of pick-your-own fruit farms close by where you can get some exercise to burn off the lunchtime calories. North Westerners who visit local farmers markets will know of Eddisbury – who regularly sell their apples and great apple juice at Ashton under Lyne and Buxton (and no doubt elsewhere). I called in at their shop and bought a couple of bottles – their very fine asparagus is just starting to show through the soil so I’ll be back there in a month.