After spending the morning biking along the Trans Pennine Trail we decided to take a slight detour and head into the village of Lymm. There are quite a few nice places to eat in the village but after biking Bez and I were both in need of a nice pint and some proper pub grub.
We decided to go and try The Spread Eagle Hotel, which is right in the middle of the village. It is a place I have visited once before but that was some time ago.
When we arrived we first grabbed a pint at the bar and went for Manchester Pale Ale. This is a beer that’s served at J.W Lee’s pubs and one that I always go for whenever I see it.
This pub is really nice inside and I think I overheard the staff mentioning that they had recently had a refurbishment and also got a new menu. The menu is everything you would expect from a pub and also did Sunday lunches, which looked really nice.
We sat in the bar area so i wasn’t sure if it was table service or if we ordered at the bar. A member of staff came past though and took my order just as I was about get up and order at the bar. I think he was the manager as he had a slightly different outfit to the other staff and was really polite and efficient.
I was pleased that this was a proper pie! What I mean by “a proper pie” is that it had a crust under the bottom, around the sides and on top. I am a big fan of pastry and there have been too many times when I have ordered a pie and got a bowl full of meat with a bit of pastry just plonked on the top. That is not a real pie! I now nearly always check that its a proper pie before I order in most places. Bez was pleased with his food choice, and when I asked him if he would come back again he said that he definitely would.
Some final thoughts…..Other food blogs that I read don’t seem to review high street pubs and seem to focus a bit too much on places that most people would not visit and that are a bit too poncy. I like fancy food and places are a bit different and quirky but a lot people are still after reviews of chain pubs. I wasn’t sure whether to review brewery pubs on my blog but I think a lot of people still want to read about these. Anyway, thats my opinion.
- Service: The man who served us was great. He seemed to know a few of the regulars who were dining in the restaurant area as well
- Atmosphere: Some nice open fires. Full of couples, families and groups of men drinking in the bar area. Something for everyone.
- Food: A proper pie! Really nice chips. No complaints.
- Cost: Decent prices. It came to about £24 for 2 large main courses and 2 pints.
Have you been to The Spread Eagle Hotel in Lymm before? Let me know what you thought of it – or my review – in the comments below.