Dining out: The Birley Arms, Warton

The Birley Arms, Warton
The Birley Arms, Warton
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The gravity-defying Yorkshire puddings are a talking point at the Birley Arms in Warton.

And no wonder.

Carried triumphantly aloft on plates to diners by table staff, they claim pride of place on the Sunday lunch menu at this friendly Fylde countryside hostelry.

It was smiles all round when we arrived, in fact when any diners arrived, to be greeted heartily by the landlord and shown to our reserved place by another happy-looking front of house member of the team.

The Birley Arms has a comfortable, homely feel with old timber and flagged floors, exposed brickwork and warm-hued walls and furnishings. Balustraded dining areas create a cosy, intimate feel.

The three-course Sunday special at £14.50 looked good to us.

My three haddock goujons were huge, crisply beer-battered and encasing soft white fish, served with a tangy tartar sauce.

At the next table, I noted that another diner had opted for this generous starter accompanied by a portion of chunky chips, for his main course.

My companied selected the Hoi Sin duck salad which comprised shredded Gressingham duck with spring onions, Hoi Sin sauce and tortillas. This was declared enjoyable but just a little lacking in seasoning.

Defying convention, it was fish again for me.

The superb Scottish salmon fillet was succulent and well-cooked, served with a tomato and basil sauce, and the colourful strips of peppers, courgettes and onions in a mustard dressing were crunchy and delicious.

However, for me, the richness of salmon teams more pleasingly with a touch of citrus or chilli.

The famous Yorkshire pudding made a grand appearance on my fellow diner’s platter of roast leg of Jim Curwin’s Trough of Bowland heather-reared, tender, flavoursome lamb in rich roast gravy.

The vibrant vegetable medley of al dente green beans, parsnips, carrots and turnips was almost crowded out by four roast potatoes and four large new potatoes.

We were so glad we decided to share a portion of the home-made bread and butter pudding.

The crunchy golden topping covered silky smoothness scattered with plump raisins and was drizzled with single cream, our choice instead of the custard option.

At the bottom of the menu, the last line read: “Enjoy your meal”. We certainly did.

And it was amazing value at £34.12, which included a half of lager and a white wine spritzer.

GAZETTE RATING: 9/10

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