Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Lunch isn't for wimps: The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, Bangor

The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

As Valentine's Day loomed and my friend's face was filled with gloom, I offered to treat her to a night on the tiles.

Promising not to spend the evening talking about her 'singleness' we headed to The Old Inn Crawfordsburn.

As we were seated in the wonderfully decorated restaurant, she glanced around her and said: "You see I told you we would look desperate."

I was too engrossed in the menu in front of me to pay any attention to her.

I debated between the duck and the sirloin and opted for the steak, as did my dining partner.

The meals offered a side of chunky chips, but considering my obsession with champ, I ordered an extra side portion of it.

The sirloin's arrived looking fabulous, topped with yankee onions and a portobello mushroom with melted cheese.

The first bite was divine.

The only complaint I would have is that the steaks were slightly overcooked, we both asked for them medium and they were definitely medium-well, if not well-done.

Despite this, they were fantastic.

The chunky chips and the champ topped the meal off.

As we each sipped a West Coast Cooler, my friend's heartbreak was a distance memory.

The staff were attentive, even the manager on duty checked our table a few times.

I liked the fact the kitchen was open and you could watch as your meal was cooked.

The meal came to £52 including drinks, it is worth a visit.