Sometimes, after a hard day down the salt mine, nothing less will do than a big plate of MEAT. Cat, ravenous from toiling at the day job, knew that this day, of all days, was going to be Red Meat Day and demanded to be taken to the nearest pub for meaty satisfaction.
The pub in question turned out to be Arreton’s White Lion. Matt and Cat wandered in to see if the food was as appealing as the exterior of this old coaching inn. They passed through the modest beer garden into the pub itself, finding that there was plenty of room both in the public bar and in the large eating area. They soon settled down with some drinks to look over the menu, which was supplemented by a generous specials board. The friendly landlady was pleased to answer questions about the food, and soon enough your reviewers placed their orders – both from the specials board, Matt choosing liver and bacon with red onion gravy; Cat disregarding her default choice of chicken, selected beef and mushroom casserole in a red onion and red wine sauce.
The food arrived after a short wait during which Matt and Cat sipped their drinks and enjoyed the quiet and civilised atmosphere. Cat’s beef casserole was an impressive sight – a huge steaming plateful, accompanied by a decent dish of freshly-cooked vegetables. The meat was beautiful and tender and not a fatty piece in sight. The sauce was nice and thick and extremely tasty – a great substrate for the delicious chunky chips.
Matt’s liver and bacon was hot, and garnished with a fine sprinkle of dried parsley, coming with a generous side salad which had the onion rings conveniently placed on top to make them easier to discard. Of the onion gravy nothing could be found.
Now liver and bacon is a delicious treat, but without gravy, it’s not a good meal, being far too dry to stand alone. After a suitable delay, it became apparent that no gravy was forthcoming. Cat ventured to the bar to enquire after it. It turned out that the liver and bacon had been the last one available and the gravy had run out. There was some possibility that they had been hoping this one last liver customer would not notice… if so, how wrong they were. But to redress the balance, the White Lion were suitably apologetic and certainly managed to produce some gravy in a little gravy-boat after a bit of delay, during which presumably the gravy was being cooked up. It was perhaps, more like gravy with onion floating in it than onion gravy. But overall it did the trick, and warmed up the tasty liver and bacon which by then was getting a little cool.
The White Lion was a good, solid pub, with plenty of food choice, generous portions and reasonable prices. The staff were amiable, the food was pleasant, and once the gravy was sorted out the experience was a satisfying one. And Cat got her meat portion…
The White Lion, Arreton