The presentation leaves a bit to be desired, but the flavours are there. It might sound a bit “John and Gregg” from MasterChef but it does perfectly sum up our Sunday lunch at the Red Lion in West Deeping.
The charming, stone-built village pub has been a fall back venue over the years, never failing to serve up a top notch roast with all the trimmings, or some fine pub fayre.
On Sunday, under new management, it was looking a little tired and this was kind of reflected in what was on my plate.
There was beef, chicken and pork on the menu (£10), and between us we tried them all.
My herb stuffed pork loin had a nice flavour about it, but was only just on the safe side of dry. A decent portion though.
The roast potatoes were overdone - some were pretty burnt and very soft, but again, tasted like proper roasties and I cleared the plate.
The Yorkshire pudding was big and crisp in parts but very bread-like and not as light as I would have liked, but passable.As for the gravy, a bit thin and bland.
The side plate of vegetables was plentiful, and well cooked, with the leaks in whole grain mustard a real winner. I could have eaten that all day.
The same can be said for the other plates - the chicken a little dry and the beef - a thin slice of sirloin - the best of the bunch.
Only the scampi, chips and peas from the children’s menu got the full thumbs up from our four-year-old.
Desserts (£5) were much more up to expectations - the honeycomb parfait was a real treat, with great flavour and texture, while the sticky toffee pudding did exactly what it said on the tin - super sweet and sticky.
I had some misgivings about the food, but the warm welcome and friendly service helped make the lunch a reasonably enjoyable one all the same.
Brad Barnes has lunch at the Red Lion in King Street, West Deeping
Brad’s rating: 6