I don’t know who suddenly decided it would be a good idea to use odd bits of building materials to serve up food in a restaurant, but it seems you just can’t get a meal out served on a fine piece of porcelain anymore.
Instead, chefs have taken to using cut-up pieces of 4x2 and roof slates to dish up dinners.
Now I’m all for innovation but practicality has to come into it too, but despite these new tools of the trade, it didn’t detract from the delicious food we were served at The Lion in Farnsfield.
It was early Saturday evening when we visited and although we had booked a table, we thought the 6.30pm slot would be quiet, however this wasn’t the case.
Initially the table we were given was less than ideal as not only were we on the waiter thoroughfare but I was sharing my side of the table with a pillar. Now some of my dining companions in the past might have seemed a little wooden but this was pushing things a little far. We asked to be moved and with more than a little reluctance from the Maitre’d, found ourselves smack bang in the middle of the main dining room surrounded by all and feeling a bit like a Big Brother contestant.
The food was actually very good. We both tucked into the hearty soup of the day, creamy tomato served with chunks of crusty bread, as a starter. A fillet steak followed for me. It was cooked as requested and served with chips that resembled off-cuts from the 4x2 mentioned above and a mushroom the size of a saucer. My husband selected a chicken dish with dauphinoise potatoes and although he did enjoy it, claimed it ‘a little rich’.
Overall The Lion serves top-quality tasty food, served by efficient staff and is competitively priced but the game of musical chairs we had to endure before our meal, meant our visit was not a roaring success.