Friday, 26 August 2011

A Lovely Day Out.





Yes, we do live in a very beautiful area of the country but sometimes it is nice to visit another area - particularly when to do so one has to drive through some of the best countryside in the Yorkshire Dales. I won't put another photograph of Ingleborough or the Ribblehead Viaduct on my blog - you have seen them so many times, but sufficient to say that W and I have had the most super day out, driving to the pretty little town of Kirby Lonsdale to meet friends P and D for lunch.

The weather could have been kinder as it has rained all day, but never a downpour and it was quite warm. We met in the bistro at 12.30 after stopping en route in Ingleton for coffee. We have been to this bistro before so we knew that the food was delicious and today was no exception.#

So just to make your mouths water, today's photographs are of our food. Starters for two of us was a salad of rocket, watermelon and feta cheese cubes, dressed with a balsamic syrup and served on a slate. Not only did it look beautiful but it tasted accordingly.

For the main course two of us had spaghetti bolognaise but W and I had Moroccan chicken tagine served on a bed of cous-cous. It was wonderful. Often when I cook chicken breasts they are dry but these were succulent and covered with a sweet chilli sauce. (I would guess they were poached in stock rather than cooked in the oven).

I resisted a pudding but the others had one. Creme brulee garnished with strawberries or sticky toffee pudding and ice cream.

A wander through the main street back to the car and it was time for home. It really has been a lovely day out - so thank you W for taking me; lovely chats, lovely friends, lovely food, lovely scenery - what more could anyone wish for?

As for my drawing project, I am sorry to say that I shall not have time today and probably not on Show day tomorrow. But back to drawing on Sunday and trying to catch up with putting the work on my alternative blog.

#Plato's Bistro, Kirby Lonsdale.

13 comments:

Jinksy said...

Oo - meany! Just when I was wishing I had a more elaborate pudding than a kiwi fruit, just now... Yum!

Heather said...

Thankyou for sharing your lovely day out with us Pat. I tried not to drool over the pics. They are a test as I have determined to eat less and more wisely - not before time! Hope the weather is kind for the Show. Have a good weekend.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I agree, what more could a person wish for. These simple pleasures, good friends, good food and beautiful countryside - magical.

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

Gosh.. its ages since I had a nice meal out! Thanks so much for the pic's.... it looks fabulous. Glad you had a nice day.

Vicky x

Nora said...

The Chicken Tagine looks lovely and I could eat that right now. Thanks for showing the photos.

John Gray said...

locally we have sh*te eating places
oh for something that serves things like these!
x

Jenn Jilks said...

What lovely dishes! Glad you had a good time. I've been having time in my peaceful forest!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

That salad was actually more tempting than the pudding. Watermelon. Yum!

Titus said...

Wow! I did spend a good while peering at the strawberry(?) in the first picture, as it looked like a little hand wearing one of those red industrial gloves!

Looks delicious, I'd have had the pudding too. I'm sure I've driven through Kirby Lonsdale - several centuries ago - and never saw anywhere to eat that looked as nice as this.

H said...

That chicken sounds delicious! I'm pleased you had a good day out. I don't think I've been to Kirby Lonsdale since I was a student in Lancaster!

mrsnesbitt said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Whenever we eat out I always want what others have ordered when the plates arrive! lol! yes - Kirby Lonsdale we have a customer there. Dales butchers?

Pondside said...

Sticky Toffee pudding - only discovered by our household two years ago. We're making up for lost time!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for your visit - glad you enjoyed the food, albeit second hand.