Friday, 10 August 2018

Lunch

Today saw friend W and me going over to Kirby Lonsdale to meet our friends from the Lakes for lunch in the Italian restaurant.   Each time I go I intend to have the same thing and each time I change my mind at the last minute.   Today I had it and it was absolutely superb.  Try it at home sometime when you really want a treat.   It can't be all that difficult to make.

I had Seafood Pasta in a white wine sauce.
 In other words - King Prawns, Mussels and Salmon with Tagliatelli in a really rich white wine sauce.   It was really delicious.

Friend W is looking after a friend's Border Terrier, Meg, who knows Tess quite well, so both dogs came with us.   The restaurant takes dogs quite happily and I must say that both of ours were impeccably behaved both in the restaurant and in the car. (far more so than a group of small children in the restaurant who ran around uncontrolled, shouted loudly, didn't eat their food and were a general nuisance.   I have the view that children need training to behave in restaurants from an early age and certainly well before they are let loose in such places).

We travelled through several downpours and each time the sun came out again.   The rain seemed to clear the air which was crystal clear over Wensleydale and over the Lune Valley.   Beautiful journey.   As we remarked on our journey - how lucky we are to live here.

24 comments:

Cloudia said...

Delightful to join you. Thanks!

Gwil W said...

Italian cuisine is my favourite. Can't get enough of it. Lunch today was carrot soup, followed by string beans and boiled potatoes! Home made by my nearest and dearest.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Sounds like a delicious meal in one of those places you see signposted off the A66 but we never visited on our way up to Scotland

Sue said...

How nice to find a dog friendly restaurant.

justjill said...

Agree totally about the kids.. When ours were younger on the first sign they were removed and told it would be permanent if they did not behave. No cake, no nothing. Parenting today sheesh. What a lovely lunch. A good day all round apart from spoiled brats.

Granny Sue said...

I have to agree about children. I raised 5 sons, and we did not go out to eat very often because of the cost. But when we did, they knew very well how to behave. I don't remember teaching them, but I think that basic good behavior is the key. Teach them what is acceptable, whether at home or out, and they will know how to comport themselves anywhere.

Heather said...

I have been enjoying a TV programme in my region about Yorkshire - the scenery is quite varied and invariably beautiful. Your lunch sounds delicious - a good sauce can make a dish. I do agree with Granny Sue's comment. We had 5 children and we brought them up to be well mannered and polite. I don't think they ever let us down in public. Obviously they weren't perfect, but being naughty at home was the right place to do it!

marlane said...

It makes you wonder about the kids parents. Are they also inconsiderate of other people. I have raised two children. There is a middle way between sit still and be quiet to running around and being loud. But what can you do in such a situation. Maybe go to the management and discreetly complain ?

angryparsnip said...

Your lunch sounds so wonderful, except for the children. But at my age I would have said something.
A nice lunch out ruined by rude children.

cheers, parsnip

jinxxxygirl said...

Oh My YES i agree with you and children in a restaurant.. and really any public place... People just don't PARENT any more.. But neither do i like to see all the adults at a table having a conversation and the child playing a game on someones phone.. instead of engaging the child in the conversation.. If people seriously don't want to be bothered by their children why are they having them?
So glad you managed to enjoy yourself anyway Pat.. Hugs! deb

Cro Magnon said...

Children tend to behave very well here in restaurants. Most of them settle down to eat, then go off somewhere, and return later for ice cream. It works well. I cannot stand those who treat the restaurant as a playground; and even less so their parents.

Derek Faulkner said...

As you know Pat, I have never been without a dog all my adult life but I really can't understand the need to take a dog to a restaurant, unless of course it's a blind dog. What next, the well-behaved cat.

Rachel Phillips said...

I would not want to eat at a restaurant with dogs laying around. It would put me off and I would not take the restaurant seriously, nor an establishment that has clientele with unruly children. It sounds like a cafe.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Early in the morning reading these. To answer Derek first. I don't wish to leave my dog on her own from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. She got inmy friend's car, settled at my feet and slept all the way. All the restaurants in KL invite dogs - the town is in the Lakes and relies on tourists for trade. Like here in the Dales, many of our visitors have dogs - it is a super place to bring dogs for the walks. If they did not invite dogs in then they would not survive I suspect.
Rachel - I really can't see a lot of difference between eating with a dog around at home and doing so in a restaurant. It is a lovely little Italian restaurant with charming young staff, a varied, interesting menu and beautifully served. Itis spotlessly clean and they are so welcoming. Also I think they need to attract every customer they possibly can in order to keep going - hence the children and the dogs (dogs are always under their owners' tables and asleep - never even heard one bark all the time I have been going.

thelma said...

I agree with all you say Pat, because basically as a tourist area in Britain, people bring their dogs on holiday with them, and the restaurant owners are welcoming, as for badly behaved children - complain to the staff.
Dogs today are a probably like Lucy, we have an insurance plan for illness, they are 'doctored' with injections, spot flea stuff, worming tablets, etc. Lucy even goes to be washed and trimmed, probably our expensive dogs are even more healthy than the humans that sit around them ;)
The Romans also thought that the dog's saliva was an antiseptic and therefore you will find temples dedicated to dogs, one overlooking the River Severn at Lydney. Little known fact, and it may not be true by today's stndards but there you are.
I expect we will always argue about what we want in public spaces!

Derek Faulkner said...

There are a lot of answers that I could give to your reply Pat, but in short, I'd exercise the same choice as Rachel, I wouldn't use that restaurant.

Ivy said...

The one thing that strikes me when I am in the UK is that restaurant or shop owners provide water for dogs, which I think is a very nice gesture.
I don't mind eating in restaurants where dogs are, as long as they don't smell (stink).
Concerning children in eateries I agree with you, they can be such a nuisance (of which the parents must be blamed for of course).
Have a nice weekend.

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Derek Faulkner said...

Living on my own most of the time as I do, my dog is my 100% companion and is the most constant thing in my life. It does not jump up at people, does not snap at people, is very mild mannered and does not stink. However I would never take it into public places, would not take it round somebody else's house and if someone visits me, I put her in the conservatory, because I don't expect people to like my dog as much as I do. If I go out I time my visits so that she isn't left for long periods on her own.
It's not me being Mr. Perfect, and I don't see supporting the tourist trade as a reason for taking her into a restaurant.

Tom Stephenson said...

I think that British children seem to not know how to behave in restaurants because of the break-down of family meal times. The Italians generally have much more formal meals together with three or four generations, but they also love children. In Britain, most restaurants dislike children and the kids know it.

DUTA said...

I totally agree with Derek Faulkner. I'll never enter any eatery that allows pets of any kind.
As for kids, parents here will take their kids to McDonald's in the noisy malls, but not to the branch in the banking area , for instance. In this branch ,quiet, respectful area - no kids around. Both staff and parents have to learn to respect the public which pays hard money for a bite.

Ursula said...

I am not as stringent as some of your readers regarding dogs in restaurants. If a dog is well behaved and doesn't snatch my steak before I have had so much as a first bite - then fine. I do get the hygiene aspect - but then maybe people should look at themselves first. Not least those who let their cats walk the kitchen counter (at home).

As to children: Both Tom Stephenson and Cro touched on this - if children are brought up "properly" by which I mean shared and joyous mealtimes at home, a few discrete pointers as to manners, being a cherished and acknowledged part of the conversation, not poo pooed, and, most importantly, taken to restaurants from an early age, there is no problem.

I hesitate to say that the English don't appear to like children; but, by golly, go to any other European country and they are part and parcel of social life.

U

Penhill said...

I love dogs, but not in restaurants however well behaved they are.I think there is a world of difference chosing to have a dog and eating with it around at home and taking it into a restaurant where there are other diners.

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

I could quite happily eat that sea food meal right now, alas, no seafood in the house! As for dogs in restaurants, we don't take ours, as one has issues, but I don't mind other people's as long as they behave. Likewise with children, I never tolerated bad manners at the dinner table and my daughter was taken out at a young age for meals and knew how to behave. I find it incredibly off-putting when kids are allowed to run amok in eateries, be they fast food or high end, but it seems quite common these days, sadly.

bestfriend said...

again.. love it!
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