An early Christmas lunch

Having been stuck indoors for days due to stormy weather, the delightful assistants felt in need of a change of scene and decided to treat themselves to a Sunday lunch out.

After some deliberation it was agreed that they would head west towards the village of Bankfoot. It wasn’t long before they came upon a sign alerting them to the fact that the road was closed due to flooding.

Their chauffeur turned the car and headed for an alternative route, only to find it also blocked off with a ‘road closed’ sign. It seemed that the odds were against a visit to Bankfoot. A change of direction seemed to be in order, so they headed towards the town of Coupar Angus along one of the apparently few roads in the area that was open to traffic.

Since the sun was shining and it was a little early for lunch, they stopped the car and got out for a health-giving walk.

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On the way they passed some curious utility poles

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and a dog who was trying to catch the eye of a barman.

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“Oi, barman, any chance of a pint over here?”

Unfortunately, the delightful assistants had no liquor on them, or indeed drinks of any description, and so were unable to assist the thirsty hound.

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“Sorry, old chap, nothing doing, I’m afraid.”

Getting back into the car, they carried on (through a small flood at the end of the road which, thankfully, wasn’t sufficient to have closed the route) to Coupar Angus and their old friend, The Red House Hotel.

They entered the foyer with its welcoming stripy carpet and discreet festive decorations,

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and were shown to a table in the conservatory, which was gaily decked out with Christmas crackers. The menu contained festive specials, including roast turkey ‘with trimmings’, which fairly gladdened the hearts of the delightful assistants.

They both chose the turkey (a small portion for delightful assistant no.1 who has a dainty appetite), which came with roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, stuffing, sausage, bacon, bread sauce, gravy and cranberry sauce.

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Their chauffeur, being vegaquarian (a consumer of fish and other vegetables), had breaded haddock with chips and garden peas.

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You could be forgiven for thinking that these feasts would fill the tummies sufficiently, and yet somehow there was room for pudding (it was nearly Christmas, after all) and coffee.

The ‘Christmas special’ dessert was Christmas pudding with brandy custard, and both assistants carried on the festive theme with that option.

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Meanwhile, their chauffeur slid herself head first into a sticky toffee pudding with ice cream.

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While waiting for the puddings to arrive the three were served with coffee, dispensed into cups with an extremely generous space for milk. A chocolate-lined wafer roll sat jauntily in each saucer.

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The entire meal was highly satisfactory, made all the more enjoyable by the wearing of paper hats, which they all agreed was their favourite thing about Christmas crackers.

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Cheerio till next time, thank you for joining us.
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28 thoughts on “An early Christmas lunch

  1. That place looks very nice … and so does the food. Glad you had a lovely day out. I’m all kinds of curious about that dog. He looks like he has a lot going on behind those eyes. It’s nice that he’s embraced (ha, literally) the fence as a token boundary though, because it really doesn’t look high enough to keep him in.

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    1. Thanks, Trish, it was a lovely trip out. That’s a most perceptive comment about the dog. The fence certainly didn’t strike me as high enough to keep him in but, as you say, he apparently understood and and respected its symbolism.

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful day, and definitely made the most of the wonderful sunny and crisp weather we had today. The food looks delicious especially the ‘chauffeurs’ fish and treacle pudding! It’s still a wee bit early for Christmas dinners for me.
    Those utility poles were an odd shape, I don’t think I’ve even noticed ones designed for three power/telephone lines!

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    1. Thanks, Andy, it was a very jolly day out and I’m glad we took advantage of the weather when we could because it’s been bucketing all day today. It’s interesting how many different designs of poles and pylons grace our countryside. I suppose they’re erected at different times with different specifications. I enjoy the variety.

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  3. What a lovely, special lunch. I will enjoy following the adventures of the delightful assistants, but I am sad to see your blog end, Lorna. I follow only a few blogs and yours has been at the top of the list. I have not been able lately to send replies to your entries. I don’t know why, they simply won’t go through. Hope this one will get there. I will most certainly look forward to the assistants😊.

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    1. Thank you very much, Wendy, you’re too kind. I’m sorry you’ve had trouble leaving comments and hope this blog won’t present the same problems. It can be most frustrating when technology doesn’t work the way you want it to.

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  4. How delightful!! What a delicious looking lunch, and a real tonic in this awful weather. I’m glad to see you found some sunshine. Aah, sticky toffee pudding! Must make some! 😀

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    1. It was a tonic, Jo, you’re right. You make sticky toffee pudding? It’s such a delicious dessert, but I’ve only made it once myself. Putting all that butter, sugar and cream into a pan to make the sauce was almost too much for me. I love it, but prefer not to be faced with the ingredients!

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  5. Hello Lorna, lovely description as always of your two very wonderful assistants and the delicious adventures you share together. I’m going to dream of plum pudding, brandy custard & cranberry glazed toasts now. Enjoy the feast-ive season!

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