THE sun was out for pretty much the first time this year and I was not going to let the opportunity go to waste.
So my wife Margaret and I headed out to find new culinary pastures.
We found an absolute gem in the quaint little hamlet of Shadforth, a real peace-in-the-hectic-modern-world type of place.
The Plough Inn is pleasant from the outside and its bar is homely and compact.
But its hidden diamond is the restaurant. It is simply designed but lets the food do the talking.
I chose home-made pate with salad, bread and a delightful onion chutney to start. Delicious and moreish at £5.50 and I could easily have devoured more.
Margaret had onion soup (£4.25) which she described as absolutely beautiful, thick and creamy.
Her mains was a beef and gravy baguette with chips and the thickest slices of beef you are ever likely to see.
At £4.95, it was an absolute winner. And even though it came with a gorgeous coating of gravy, she was given a gravy boat as well for top-ups.
I opted for pork belly with bubble and squeak and a cider gravy. It was heavenly and the pork belly slice was so large it covered the width of the plate. Great value as well at £.9.95.
Margaret loved her meal but was so gutted at not choosing the pork belly, she consoled herself in a second bottle of Irn Bru Wkd.
The bill came to £34.65 (two starters, two mains, two large Cokes and two WKDs) which was astonishing value considering there was so much pork belly it made our supper as well.
Shadforth has an out and out winner in its midst
– Chris Cordner