Yesterday was Man-Tribble’s first payday, and late in the afternoon I received a text informing me that he’d booked a table at our favourite pub/restaurant (pictured) for 8pm. For us this place holds many happy memories concerning family and friends, and the food never fails to deliver.
Being a Tuesday, the menu wasn’t terribly exciting, but that didn’t matter. A Stella and a good Rioja were promptly ordered and we settled back to peruse the menu at our leisure. I started with mushrooms baked in a garlic and cheese sauce, with dipping bread (which was utterly divine – three of my favourite foods and flavours in one little bowl) and Dom chose the prawn cocktail. I’d considered the scallop and prawn dish, but I’ve never eaten scallops so wanted to make sure I ordered something I wouldn’t end up disliking. I’ve always liked the look of them though.
For mains I went for the half roast chicken, which came with perfectly cooked potatoes (cooked in goose fat, from the taste) and seasonal vegetables. Dom went for the shepherd’s pie with a nice rack of lamb on the side.
We had been wanting the cheese board for dessert, but were both too full! Another time perhaps; years of living barely above the poverty line has caused both of our stomachs to have forgotten how to cope with decent, rich food.
“Food babies” aside (I could have done with a fork lift to get me on my feet!) it was such a marvellous feeling, just going out for a meal, knowing that we were spending our own money and not disability handouts (which I have always felt guilty about in spite of the fact that I was fully entitled to them), and not having to concern ourselves with the cost.
Of course, the inevitable CFS crash has since arrived, and I didn’t manage to wake up until 2pm today, in spite of an early night. That’s okay too though, as I get to spend the afternoon reading a book so that I can review it on Accidental Book Reviews, whilst drinking my favourite Chinese tea (the Alishan, which makes my brain feel pleasantly “fluffy”).
On Friday, I plan to take Dom out to another favourite place – The Crown – where they serve the most beautiful sea bass fillets, and we know the landlady and the staff.