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Wayfarer Country Pub and Restaurant

Wayfarer Country Pub and Restaurant

Alder Lane
Parbold, Lancashire,
01257 464600

Monday 26th May 2008

Marg and I had been out for the day. We'd gone to see the new "Botany Bay" store at Colne. The Cafe there didn't enthrall us, so we headed back towards Parbold with the intention of visiting a pub that had been recommended to us by friends.

Unfortunately, Monday was their "Quiz" night so they weren't serving food that afternoon - that review will have to wait for another day.

We wandered a little further down the road and saw the Wayfarer. As we pulled in to the car park at 16:55, the place looked decidedly closed. Luckily, we were still in the car park when the lights went on and a chef arrived and told us the place opened at 5pm.

It's a typical Lancashire country pub - low, beamed ceilings and - even empty - with a warm atmosphere.

I decided to try a pint of the "Honey Rider" bitter, and Marg indly offered to drive so had a coke while we read the menus - Isay menus because they have two - one for the bar and pub, another, a la carte, for the restaurant.

As I struggled to make a final decision, the pub quickly filled. I noticed that there were quite a few families there - most with babes-in-arms. There was absolutely no problem with these children and it was a pleasure to see such family outings.

Both menus looked interesting, but we settled for he pub one because Marg really fancied the Haddock and Chips!

I started with Thai King Prawns with noodles - Marg, as per usual, didn't want a starter.

The dish was really very good - much better than I expected from a Lancashire pub! Marg tried the noodles and was suitably impressed (though she would never dream of trying the prawns).

Marg's Haddock was delicious - light and flaky, with batter which was crisp and devoid of grease.

My Gammon steak, with Egg and Pineapple, was equally good - the "Chunky" chips being done to a turn. The vegetables - carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and string beans, were "al dente" and fresh-tasting. Though I consider such vegetables to be incomplete without a dab of butter, I decided doing without was better for my health because Marg was glaring at my suggestion that we ask for some. Well, that and the fact that I've recently suspended taking my Statins.

I finished with another pint of the excellent Honey Rider, and the bill came to 32 - not bad at all.

Service was excellent, prompt and attentive, friendly yet unobtrusive.

Finally, we were pleased to notice that the noise level was much better than many restaurants we've visited lately.

Highly Recommended.

Sandro & Marg


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Wayfarer Country Pub and Restaurant

Total Score: 78%
Quality: Good
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Above Average
Value: Good


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