There can be nothing more English than a Sunday Roast. And there can be nothing more English than setting off for a long walk prior to your Sunday Roast only to be deterred by driving rain and hailstones and so decamping to the pub instead. In this case the pub was The Angel Inn situated in the pretty little town of Bowness in the Lakes District where MTV boyfriend, Alice, Liv and I went for the weekend.
The Angel Inn is all very bright and modern with light timber floors and huge windows so you can look out at the weather and contemplate potential signs of improvement. When we arrived it was lacking in a bit of atmosphere but as the rain drove more people inside a happy clatter ensued.
The roast of the day was silverside for a credit crunch busting £10. It arrived on what was essentially a platter for one and I once more regretted that we had not managed to walk further to at least build up an appetite that was deserving of the serving. The meat was slightly tough but lashings of gravy covered this sin well. The roast was served with the perennial favourites of creamy cauliflower and a crispy Yorkshire pudding. I was not so much of a fan of the mashed pumpkin which had been mixed with seeded mustard. Mashed pumpkin is a beautiful thing in itself and I prefer mine unadulterated.
Cumberland sausage was similarly generous in size and flavour. The giant sausage was lightly spiced and served curled over a bed of velvet mash. However, branching away from more traditional fare The Angel Inn was not so successful. A side serving of vine ripened tomato and basil salad appeared in the guise of a plate of slices of flavourless standard beef tomatoes topped with pesto. I suppose that there is basil in the pesto but the menu description had created false expectations of an Italian style rustic salad of flavoursome tomatoes and fresh basil.
After such a huge meal we skipped the dessert menu and instead ordered the cheese plate to share. The plate boasted a selection of English cheeses including the locally sourced Monks Folly which was a white cheese with a soft buttery texture. The cheeses were served with biscuits, apple slices, celery, grapes and chutney for another bargain price of £8. It may be worth catching the train from London here just for lunch as a money saving measure. Just keep your fingers crossed for better weather.
Details: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windemere, Cumbria LA23 3BU (Ph 015394 44080)
Damage: Such a bargain even my mother would approve