Bustling pub ideal for Sunday lunch

The Millstone Pub and Restaurant, Tickhill.  Guardian Gourmet. (w110201-4).
The Millstone Pub and Restaurant, Tickhill. Guardian Gourmet. (w110201-4).

THERE is nothing better than finding a quiet village pub somewhere on a Sunday afternoon for a leisurely lunch.

When my friend said she had booked a table the Millstone in Tickhill for lunch, ‘perfect’, I thought. We’ll be able to have a good catch up on all the events of the new year while eating some lovely pub grub.

I realised my wish for a quiet lunch was over when we arrived at the pub with our other halves in tow. The three areas of the Millstone – the lounge bar, restaurant and conservatory – were heaving.

I glanced over the menu which was packed with everything you expect – lasagne, mixed grill, salmon fillet and scampi along with more unusual dishes.

With it being a Sunday afternoon, the ‘Famous Millstone Carvery’ caught my eye. The piping hot turkey, gammon and beef could be seen from our table along with delicious looking vegetables.

Three of us opted for the carvery (£7.25 on weekday evenings and weekends) while the other had barbecue chicken (£7.95).

The waitress kindly offered to let us know just before the barbecue chicken was ready so we could go up and pile our plates high with delicious carvery-goodness.

I chose the turkey which was accompanied with a crispy Yorkshire pudding. I then helped myself to some stuffing and vegetables which included perfectly roasted parsnips and potatoes, leeks in cheese sauce, fluffy mashed potato, peas and carrots. My plate was finished off with home-made gravy and a spoonful of cranberry sauce.

The carvery was delicious and flavoursome and I could have gladly gone back for seconds.

My friend said the barbecue chicken was succulent and tasty with just enough bacon, barbecue sauce and cheese. It was accompanied with chips and a bowl of fresh salad.

My friend and I decided there was just enough room to have a dessert, while our other halves declined another course.

I decided against choosing from one of the array of different flavoured ice creams. Instead I ordered the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, while my friend had the cheesecake with winter berries.

The huge chocolate brownie was yummy and one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Crispy on the outside while slightly chewy on the inside – perfect and the highlight of my meal.

After clearing the table, the waitress quickly brought us our bill and in a not-so-subtle manner told us that they needed our table. Considering we had been there just over an hour and hadn’t even been offered coffee or tea, I thought it was a bit harsh but not surprising considering how busy the place was.

Sam Chetwynd

Star rating HHHH