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A roaring success Julian and Leanne stop by Worksop’s The White Lion

It’s almost three years

since Leanne and I first discovered the delights of The White Lion. It was on this first visit that we did our first review and we enjoyed our starter so much that’s it’s actually become one of our favourite indulgences — a Camembert cheese baked in the oven with French bread drizzled with balsamic vinegar. It’s delicious and a great sharing starter, lovely for a cosy night in front of the TV, and always reminds us of that first visit to this fabulous venue! We arrived and were met by David, the bar manager. We caught up about the White Lion’s recent refurbishment of one of their additional rooms, and

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ordered our drinks after being shown to our table. Due to its popularity, Landlords Diana and Mark have been able to create an extra dining space to accommodate the growing demand they have created. One of the keys to The White Lion’s success has been its continuity of delivering quality service and great food. The resident head chef is formerly of The Dog and Duck and in the last few months, he’s brought some refinements to the menu. They’ve kept the well-loved favourites, and made some great additions. Although we were automatically drawn to some of our favourites on the menu, we wanted to experience some of the dishes we hadn’t yet sampled. A surprise to us both

was that we both opted for soup to start. Leanne chose Cauliflower Cheese soup and I opted for Roast Mushroom, Garlic and Thyme. We had also chosen olives with warm bread and some dipping oil as an appetiser, these promptly arrived and we nibbled whilst enjoying the music and soaking in the romantic ambience of the new warm dining area. No sooner had we finished the aperitif, than our starters arrived. Both soups were rich and creamy, and Leanne was particularly delighted with the Cauliflower Cheese soup. She described it as a ‘comfort blanket in a bowl’ and both starters, got our meal off to a wonderful start. Whilst we sat waiting for our main meals to arrive, we had another look at the menus. There is a good selection of starters priced from an extremely reasonable £2.95 to £7.95 for the Oven Baked Camembert (which is a starter to share), so again great value! The varied selection isn’t just limited to starters either — the menu has a mouth watering selection of main courses starting from at £8.45, along with a choice of nine side dishes priced from only £2.45. For our mains, Leanne opted for Halibut Fillet, pan fried on a crushed pea and potato bed with white wine and mussel sauce. This was an extremely generous meal

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portion, for a fish course. The chunky fillet of halibut, tasted great with the creamy sauce. The pea and potatoes were a great accompaniment, working in perfect harmony taste-wise — a healthy version of fish and chips you could say! I’d made the choice of the Twicecooked Belly Pork with Champ Mash, green beans in shallot butter with a Dijon mustard sauce. The tender loin, came with my favourite crispy crackling, and as I think about it, the memory is making my mouth water as write. The mustard sauce was flavour-some, but not overpowering and I had to stop myself from licking the plate when I‘d finished! We also ordered a portion of chips (we just have to do it) and seasoned vegetables. The chips were very moreish, with vegetables which retained their bite. At this point Leanne was truly full, and even I was in doubt as to whether I would be able to manage a dessert — which is most unlike me! So we allowed ourselves ten minutes before asking to view the dessert menu, and whilst Leanne declined — she was still too full — I knew I just couldn’t let our readers down. I think most of us would agree that we fit in to one of two categories; we either prefer savoury bites, or have a sweet tooth! Leanne falls in to the

earlier category, whereas I probably fall in to the latter, so the choice of dessert is always the most difficult of all the course choices for me. I love anything chocolatey, so my obvious choice was, the Chocolate Tart. Yes, I was full I admit, but when it was placed in front of me, I suddenly found I had room. The tart had a firm shortbread pastry and was served with a luxurious smooth vanilla ice cream — what a wonderful chocolate treat! So now I really was full — the sacrifices I have to make to give you all a nicely rounded review (and me a nicely rounded belly), ah well! Leanne and I both enjoy the privilege of being able to conduct reviews and we’ve experience some great venues. Every once in a while we experience venues which then become firm favourites of our own, and The White Lion is exactly one such venue. The pub has seen a steady rise in the people coming through their door, both new customers and importantly, repeat business. Mark, Diana and their team have a passion for providing great food at great prices. This factor, coupled with the extra dining space and the acquisition of

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their head chef, has taken them to even greater heights. The pub also has regular events, and is well-loved by the locals who also love to drop in for a quiet drink too! By getting this vital mix right, the team continue to build a superb local pub just two hundred yards from the centre of Worksop.

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FOOD & DRINK

THE WHITE LION IS HERE

The White Lion 50 Park Street, Worksop S80 1HP Tel: 01909 476450 Food served: Mon & Tues Wed & Thurs Fri & Sat Sun

5.00pm – 2.00pm 12.00pm – 2.30pm 5.00pm – 9.00pm 12.00pm – 9.00pm 12.00pm – 7.00pm

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The White Lion Restaurant Review Worksop Life (South Edition) magazine December 2012