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What is for tea

A few years ago, I read an article reporting on the findings of a study showing that we rotate the same nine meals at tea time over and over, night after night. According to the article, we rely on dishes such as spag bol, shepherd’s pie and pizza and chips. I will hold my hands up; I am guilty of the accused. Well, at least to some extent anyway.

Whether it’s a lack of imagination, lack of time, lack of cooking skills or even lack of ingredients (come the end of the month) I think we have all been there at some point, haven’t we?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of the above. It just means that whenever I go out for tea, I always like to opt for something I wouldn’t have at home. A break from the ‘same old same old’.

That’s why hotels are such great places to eat.

If you’re stuck in a tea time rut and want choice and variety without the piles of dishes and a kitchen that looks like a mass food dump, I would certainly recommend the Best Western Lion Hotel, Worksop.

I was invited there one Thursday night not so long ago. Swiftly ditching my midweek menu plans I drove across to Worksop looking forward to something different on the table.

108 Restaurant, located at 108 Bridge Street, was refurbished in January 2010. The menu sparks curiosity and excitement with its marmite potatoes and black pudding bread rolls. But of course, the chef prepares seasonal menus so the range is ever-changing. You could go every night of the week and still have more options to sample as there is an extensive choice of dishes on offer, most of which use locally sourced produce too.

I plumped for Salmon and Prawn Ravioli, Chive & Tomato Beurre Blanc to start, Irish Lamb Stew, Lamb Rump, Braised Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, New Potatoes, Leeks & Petit Pois for the main and White & Dark Chocolate Crème Brulée, Biscotti & Pear Compote for afters. A fine selection of choices, even if I do say so myself!

Now I’m no MasterChef food critic, so I won’t go all John Torode on you at this point and comment on dish orientation and velvety textures. In layman’s terms, the food was delicious, imaginative and plentiful. It was presented well whilst offering more than one pea and a perfectly poised chip. The size of wine glasses also means there is no danger of going thirsty whilst you’re there either!

I would take a guess that a hotel wouldn’t be on your radar if you were deciding where to go for a midweek culinary treat. Maybe pub grub or well known eateries would be at the forefront of your mind. But hotel restaurants aren’t all ‘elbows off tables’ and white linen, and the staff at the Best Western Lion Hotel prove that. 108 Restaurant combines fine dining and high class surroundings with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. All at affordable prices too.

So if you are guilty of ‘Tagliatelle Tuesday’ or ‘Fish Friday’ then step away from the chopping board and have a ‘bite’ at the Best Western Lion Hotel instead. Sorry, I couldn’t manage a whole blog without at least one lion related pun!

One comment

  1. It’s true, you do get sick of the same food at home, and most people don’t ever think to have a meal in a hotel, but they should. The food in pubs isn’t a patch on the meals i’ve had in some hotels around here, not to mention the ones in Best Western hotels!

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