New Year Day lunch at Washingborough Hall

Washingborough Hall

Washingborough Hall Grade II listed Georgian Manor House

roast vegetable soup

roast vegetable soup

salmon

salmon

roast belly of pork

roast belly of pork

Washingborough Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House set within its own grounds, in the centre of Washingborough, a small village of old stone cottages, on the limestone escarpment of Lincoln Edge overlooking the River Witham, not far out of Lincoln. A path running through a gate in the wall connects Washingborough Hall with the village church.

In recent years many of the trees in the grounds have been cut down. It opens up the grounds, but has led to a significant loss of trees. Maybe the wood feeds the wood burning stove in the main entrance hall.

A guide rail rather spoils the entrance, but necessary for those less able. It was decorated with holly, which somewhat defeated its utility!

Inside, quite impressive Christmas decorations.

Whilst waiting for dinner, over attentive staff handed out something to eat. No idea what it was, but it tasted quite pleasant.

On offer today a special New Year Day lunch. A fixed menu, two courses (soup and main) or three courses (soup, main and dessert).

The soup was roasted vegetables. It seemed to be mainly parsnip, puréed vegetables. I was none too impressed.

For main a choice of beef, pork, salmon or wild mushroom risotto.

We chose Panache of Salmon & Bass, Crevette Velouté and Caramelised Belly of Pork, Spiced Apple Compote, served with a dish of vegetables.

Panache of Salmon & Bass, Crevette Velouté was served with baby new potatoes. Nicely presented but very meagre in portion size. More like a starter.

Caramelised Belly of Pork was served with roast potatoes. I assume slow cooked, but it did not say. The crackling was crisp and crunchy, without being hard. Gravy was on the plate not in a gravy boat to help oneself. We were not asked if we wanted gravy.

The pork was delicious. I wish I had asked how it was cooked, and from where sourced. I suspect the nearby village of Heighington, which has an excellent butcher.

The vegetables were carrots, peas in their pods, green beans, broccoli and rather overpowering red cabbage. I like red cabbage, but this was spoilt by being sweet (more like jam) and there was rather a lot of it.

The vegetables were not as claimed on the menu ‘fresh seasonal vegetables grown locally’. The peas and bean were I suspect air-freighted in from Kenya.

The desserts did not look especially enticing. The offer of desserts we declined.

Tea and coffee came with a small lump of what was claimed to be home made fudge. The coffee (I did not try), appeared to be bog standard filter coffee. The request for a coffee latte was ignored. With most people used to drinking quality coffee (and I do not mean rubbish from Costa or tax dodging Starbucks) in indie coffee shops I am surprised more effort was not made with the coffee, especially as according to the sign in the street they were serving Stokes coffee.

The two local girls serving very plesant.

I have had far better meals at less far less price. With food, it is never you get what you pay for. There is no correlation between price and quality.

The Foresters serves far better food, albeit nowhere nearby.

Two courses £22.95, three courses £26.95. For three of us, my treat, £68.85. Ouch! The menu we were handed on arrival had no mention of price.

Although the food was good, we agreed, poor value for money.

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