I don’t think you can go wrong with a pub lunch and when you know it’s a good one, it’s something to behold. The Sandpiper in Bickerstaffe is the perfect mix of a country pub in a countryside setting yet just a 25-minute drive from Liverpool. I’ll admit, it’s pretty much on my doorstep, so I’m a regular and it’s dog-friendly too, which is a winner! However, following their recent refurb I was invited to come along and sample the A/W menu…how could I refuse…
Nestled just outside Ormskirk, The Sandpiper is the perfect destination all year round. Complete with a generous beer garden with ample seating, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun in winter with a gin and tonic or two. Or, head inside and soak up the cosy atmosphere during the colder months. Visiting on a freezing cold yet sunny Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t wait to whet my whistle with a Hendricks and tonic and enjoy some great food.
Upon entering the pub, you’ll notice it’s pretty spacious inside with lots of tables – some perfect two, families enjoying Sunday lunch or larger groups grabbing a bite to eat.
The menu has everything you will be looking for – mouth-watering starters, a variety of mains to fill any appetite and various tempting desserts.
Our waiter was always on hand to answer questions about the menu and soon after being seated, drinks orders were taken. We both opted for a gin and tonic to wind down the weekend – Hendricks for me and Bombay Saphire for my friend.
Soon after, we were left to choose our starters. I wanted to try the lamb koftas as they were an unusual addition to a country pub menu whilst my friend went for the pate.
Both beautifully presented and didn’t scrimp on flavour. We requested extra bread for the pate which was quickly brought to the table and each pate completed the next.
My koftas? Light, not too oily and served with a saucy salad – as lots of sauce, which is my preference always, you filthy lot. I was really impressed
Because we visited on a Sunday, it’s only fair to select one of the Sunday roast options. Isn’t it?
For my main, I opted for the Roasted butternut squash & Portobello mushroom tart. It was delicious, however, I was surprised by the size of it! Served with a Blacksticks Blue cheese sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, gravy and Yorkshire pudding, it felt like a Man V Food challenge! Safe to say, I focused on the pie and roasties and did my best!
My friend opted for the spiced chickpea, aubergine & spinach burger with a side of chunky chips. Another delicious choice, however, the plate did lack any side salad, which we were both expecting. Visually it didn’t look the best. Not one to put on Instagram, sadly!
We opted for a side of onion rings to share and were both suitably full once we had demolished the lot!
We were slightly tempted by the dessert menu but full bellies won this time. Next time, however, I’m saving space for a chocolate brownie….