Happy re­turn to wel­com­ing pub

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT - Scott Beg­bie

FOR me, the Lairhillock is like an old friend you don’t see all the time but catch up with oc­ca­sion­ally. They’re easy com­pany and al­ways leave you think­ing you should visit more reg­u­larly. And that was es­pe­cially the case af­ter Mrs B and I took the wind­ing Nether­ley road out to this clas­sic coun­try pub on a beau­ti­ful spring night. The waitress couldn’t have been more smi­ley as we set­tled into the airy con­ser­va­tory and kicked off pro­ceed­ings by shar­ing a chicken liver and ba­con par­fait (£5.65). This was heaven on a plate, with a big, creamy hit fol­lowed by a flood of ba­cony flavour. It was sub­lime on warm chunky bread with a slather­ing of chilli and onion mar­malade. Mrs B kept up the chilli theme with her ca­jun burger (£10.95) – a doorstop of a thing that was meaty, juicy and tongue-tin­gling, with the finest of chips. I had strug­gled to choose be­tween the steak and ba­con pie or the chicken supreme with hag­gis and whisky sauce, both on the spe­cials board. The chicken (£11.25) won out. On the bone, it was moist and packed with flavour, com­ple­mented by the rich hag­gis and sub­tle sauce. As we headed home Mrs B and I both thought the same: “We should do this more of­ten.” AD­DRESS: FOOD:

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