Hum­ble crum­ble a per­fect end­ing

Sunday Sun - - Eating Out -

EVERY now and again, Mrs Eats man­ages to con­vince me to go – against my will – on a Sun­day shop­ping trip.

It’s not some­thing I ever like to do, but it keeps her happy. Well, for a few hours at least.

On this oc­ca­sion, she chose a trip to the Team Val­ley – so I im­me­di­ately put my think­ing cap on and tried to work out where would be best to sam­ple the Sun­day lunch.

It had been three and a half years since I’d vis­ited the Ravensworth Arms Ho­tel in Lames­ley, near Gateshead, and it felt like the per­fect time to try their roast scran once again.

Lo­cated just a cou­ple of min­utes’ drive off the A1, the pub – which also boasts a 19-room

RAVENSWORTH ARMS HO­TEL

Ad­dress: Ravensworth Arms Ho­tel, Green­ford Ln, Lames­ley, NE11 0ER Tel: 0345 60 86 040 Food served (Sun): All day

Rat­ing: 16/20 Char­ac­ter...........................

Qual­ity................................ Ser­vice................................ Value................................... ho­tel – has a huge out­side space, as well as a mas­sive bar and din­ing area. Given that Greene King owns it, there’s beer on tap – and I was de­lighted, and touched with nostal­gia, when my pint of Rivet Catcher (£3.47) came served in a good old-fash­ioned glass tankard. Mrs Eats, mean­while, ordered a glass of Coca Cola (£2). Hav­ing spent the ma­jor­ity of the af­ter­noon be­ing dragged around shops on the Team Val­ley, I wasn’t in­ter­ested in starters – it was Car park..................... Kids al­lowed....................... Real ale..................................... Wine by the bot­tle......................... Credit cards..................................... Veg­e­tar­ian food.............................. Dis­abled toi­lets............................. straight on to the mains.

There were plenty of op­tions, too. As well as tra­di­tional Sun­day din­ner – beef (£10.99), pork (£9.79), turkey (£9.99), or all three (£11.99), as well as “Sun­day best” rib of beef (£14.49) or lamb shoul­der (£13.99) – other main-course op­tions, also avail­able dur­ing the week, can be ordered.

But roasts are what we en­joy the most, so Mrs Eats opted for the pork din­ner, while I went for the trio of meats.

The pork – which was served with half a baked ap­ple, stuff­ing and crack­ling – was tasty, the beef was rea­son­able if not spec­tac­u­lar, but the turkey was cer­tainly the best of the meats. Suc­cu­lent, juicy and full of flavour, I could have en­joyed a plate­ful of that poul­try. The huge York­shire pud­dings which came along­side the roasts were a lit­tle over­done, while some of the veg – in­clud­ing car­rots, broc­coli and cab­bage – had been boiled for a lit­tle too long. Yet the goose-fat roast pota­toes were crispy and soaked up the flavour­some gravy nicely.

Well fed al­ready, but with just enough room for pud­ding, we scanned the dessert menu. Un­for­tu­nately, the gin­ger­bread brulee on the spe­cials menu had sold out by the time we ordered – much to the dis­ap­point­ment of She Who Must Be Fed.

Hastily, Mrs Eats went for a sloe gin and win­ter berry Eton mess (£4.99) for her back up. De­spite the fancy name, this was a fairly stan­dard Eton mess and, if truth be told, was a lit­tle too heavy on the cream and light on fruit com­pote.

My home-baked crum­ble of the day (£4.99), on the other hand, was the high­light of the meal. The tart goose­ber­ries which had been cooked down slowly per­fectly com­ple­mented the ginger-spiced crum­ble on top – while the warm cus­tard which came served along­side bound the whole thing to­gether.

If I was the owner of the Ravensworth Arms, I’d be telling the chef to keep that as a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the menu, rather than as a spe­cial.

Over­all, our trip out to Lames­ley was most cer­tainly worth it. The next time Mrs Eats sug­gests a shop­ping trip to the Team Val­ley, I’ll def­i­nitely re­turn for an­other one of those crum­bles.

The Ravensworth Arms Ho­tel

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