We had a great one today at The Old Mill in Knitsley, near Consett. It was a festive gathering with the grandparents and we decided to go back to The Old Mill as we’d had a lovely pub lunch there in the summer.
Driving through the slush and snow was quite a contract to the last time we visited when it was warm enough to sit outside in tshirts!
We headed inside and loved all the decor and open fire roaring away – next time we’ll book a table next to it as that would be so cosy!
The Sunday lunch menu was brought over and it happily festive favourites including turkey with pigs in blankets were on there. The kids menu was perfect for our 3 and 7 year old too and they both went for chicken goujons, fries and beans.
I decided to go for roast leg of pork with crackling, bacon wrapped sage and onion stuffing and yorkshire pudding (£11.95). The others all went for the seasonally appropriate fresh farm reared turkey, sage and onion stuffing, sausages wrapped in bacon and honey glazed carrots (£12.95).
While we waited for our food we caught up and had a quick nosey around the place. We couldn’t resist a photo by the fire!
Our food soon arrived, plates filled to brim and steaming hot. The crackling and pork were a delight, but the stuffing was the star of the show – perfectly balanced and delicious. Roasties were not quite as crispy as I would have liked but still good and there was also mashed potato and swede hiding underneath the meat! Dishes of carrots, peas and brussel sprouts and cabbage accompanied our plates. All steamed simply and very welcome additions. I have it on good authority that the turkey wasn’t dry and was very tasty as were the pigs in blankets, and everyone was a fan of the massive yorkshires.
We all demolished our lunches and were too full to sample a dessert, which is really saying something. The kids shared an ice cream and I ordered a cappuccino, which was (I think) forgotten about and eventually turned up lukewarm, but I won’t hold that against them as everything else was so good.
If you’re a fan of good old fashioned Sunday dinner and a lovely cosy pub atmosphere then I’d recommend heading to The Old Mill Knitsley, we’ll certainly be back.
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