The Black Lion’s food failed to roar

After a day long day at work, I was ready for a hearty meal by the time I arrived at the Black Lion at Firbeck.

And after a sneaky glance at some of the other diners food, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed in this place.

The pub itself was spacious and cosy at the same time, with a bright, welcoming bar and three separate areas to choose from to sit in.

Even on a rainy Tuesday night there were plenty of people in there for food, which was an encouraging sign.

The menu contained a good number of traditional pub favourites including fish and chips, lasagne and burger and chips.

But there was also a good choice of other dishes including a Thai chicken curry with rice, lamb shank with mash and salmon fillet as well as a specials board.

After seeing the size of the portions we decided not to have a starter in the hope of saving some room for pudding.

I went for the fish and chips at £8.25 while my husband went for the steak and ale pie at £7.95.

On ordering at the bar I was offered a choice of mushy or garden peas, and my husband’s meal was available with chips or new potatoes and veg or peas.

The food took just the right amount of time to arrive – long enough that you knew it hadn’t been microwaved, but not too long that you were wondering if you had been forgotten.

When it arrived the portions were very generous and everything was piping hot. The beer batter on the fish was wonderfully crisp and the fish tasty – although I have had better. The chips were chunky and the peas just like you’d get in a chippy.

Martin’s pie was a little dry inside, but the brimming gravy boat that accompanied his meal made up for that.

Despite the generous portion sizes we both decided that we could probably manage a pudding.

Again there was a good selection on offer all at £3.95 including chocolate brownie fudge cake, trifle and cheese and biscuits.

But we opted for the vanilla cheesecake and cream and the fruit crumble and custard.

This time the wait was a little too long as we had both ordered things that should take little time to prepare.

When it did arrive Martin’s cheesecake was lovely. My crumble tasted nice, but fell down as it wasn’t actually crumbly. The crumble topping, although tasty, was in one complete block and there were parts that were difficult to dismantle with my spoon and chew.

All in all it was a nice pub meal, with generous portions. But for the price, I would have liked to have seen slightly better quality.

Claire O’Neill

star rating HHH