Knowing where to go for lunch on a Sunday after a weeks work is not always easy. We aim to give you some idea of the place, the food, the service and the price.
Beverley Arms Hotel, Beverley, East Yorkshire
One of the most interesting towns in the area, Beverley, close to the port of Kingston upon Hull, is an ancient borough which easily combines old and modern architecture, without losing any of its character. Browse round the wonderfully ornate Gothic Minster, then make your way through the two market places and the winding streets to the Beverley Arms for a welcome break. This old coaching inn, once a court where the highwayman Dick Turpin was tried, now has a Georgian facade which blends in with the elegant town houses surrounding it.
We were pleasantly greeted as we walked in the dining room and given a choice of table in the spacious area. There was a good choice of starters, main course and sweet which was very enjoyable, being tasty, well cooked and filling. We finished with coffee and mints included in the price. The three course meal was excellent value with a price of £12.50 per person and the attentive staff gave prompt and efficient service.
Duxford Lodge Hotel, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Duxford village, ten miles from Cambridge, is synonymous with the Second World War fighter RAF base on the main road, now the home of the Imperial War Museum where the largest collection of UK aeroplanes are housed in the Big Hanger with some of them flying in the skies above. The village has other claims to fame associated with the aircraft industry world wide, with the first metal glue used to build aircraft. Invented by Dr de Bruyne, going to the village to manufacture it because of its association with making glue from animal bones for use with wood. Charles Kingsley's children's story the Water Babies is said to have been written at The Mill, a habitat later occupied by rose grower Dr. Lee. The hotel was the station commander's during World War 2. With many famous people visiting the base you can imagine Winston Churchill, Douglas Bader and Bing Crosby in the lounge bar, which has walls covered with photographs of aeroplanes and fighter pilots who flew them and who must have frequented the premises.
After sitting in the pleasant garden chatting to friends we all entered the dining room where the tables were set with white napiery. Expecting food to match the setting we settled down in anticipation. After working out which were starters, as all the courses were set out in a long list, some opted for soup, others for smoked salmon, and these proved to be tasty. Problems arose when the main course was served. The roast beef was thick and burned at the edges, the Yorkshire pudding was not light and airy as it should be and the roast potatoes were a strange speckled colour. The waitress had difficulty understanding that horseradish sauce was required, but this eventually came. A vegetarian in the party ordered a tartlet of roasted peppers, took one look and sent it back as the whole thing was burnt. The second one was not much better, but was accepted. Plaice with risotto was eatable, but not memorable. Several different ices were tried, but even these did not come up to expectations. This was a good meal spoilt. Sunday Lunch 2 courses £16.95 or 3 courses for £22.95 with a children's under 10 menu for £9.50 in the La Paradis restaurant.