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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Friendly and polite service at the Farmers Arm, Baycliff

Forking Out - Farmers Arms, Baycliff

PLACES such as Bardsea and Baycliff seem like a million miles away from Barrow, perched on top of their hill homes.

They are very pretty little backwaters made all the more interesting thanks to the Coast Road being one of the most direct routes to get to them.

To me travelling along the Coast Road is always interesting thanks to effect the changing weather has on the sea and its colours and its nature.

They both also benefit from the pubs which their residents make good use of.

And in the case of Baycliff, The Farmers Arms reopened a while back and is now serving food.

We were both pretty hungry on Sunday night thanks to having skipped lunch and were in the mood for some solid food when we were reached the Farmers Arms.

This little pub has a completely different feel from a couple of years ago when we visited.

It has been a real makeover, but still retained the feel of a village pub – natural colours and rustic wood tables give it a more modern feel – but with traditional pub charm.

There was a small group of drinkers round the bar, so we grabbed our drinks and headed for a table round the corner.

The menu was short and fitted on to a blackboard gracing one of the pub’s walls.

The choice of food was very traditional British pub grub, including fish and chips and mushy peas.

After a bit of consideration we decided to go for surf and turf and interestingly a lamb Ian – so called I gather because that is the name of the chef.

The surf and turf came in the asked for rare steak with what turned out to be some wonderfully buttery and garlicky prawns in their own little plate, a pile of piping hot chips, some onion rings and a cob corn.

The steak was good – well seasoned and all meat.

The prawns have probably not helped my arteries and certainly didn’t help my breath but were delicious – and the chips were rustic and obviously handmade, nice and crunchy on the outside, soft and floury potato on the inside.

The corn still had crunch and as a fan of this vegetable was appreciated.

The lamb Ian was a little less successful because although it was in a tasty brown sauce, it was pretty fatty.

It came with the same good chips, corn, peas, carrots and cauliflower.

Simple but okay.

For dessert there was a choice of sticky toffee pudding or syrup sponge with ice cream or cream.

As the dessert snob has barred me from every ordering that world favourite sticky toffee pudding, I was left with the syrup sponge with ice cream.

It was a nice finish to the meal – just what it says it is – a sweet and syrupy sponge.

Hunger completely gone, we left.

Along with a glass of chilled glass of good sauvignon blanc and a beer, the bill came to just over £36.

The food at the Farmers Arms is nothing at all fancy, but simple straight talking pub grub – and that is fine.

They are using good ingredients – a very good steak, proper chips and fresh vegetables – okay the lamb Ian was fatty.

But if you couldn’t be bothered cooking one evening and this was your local, many people would be more than happy to wander down and make the most of this pub – and it deserves the trade.

The service is friendly and polite and the atmosphere in the bar is the same.

The Farmers has been well done up and they are serving good quality wine and good beer.

 

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