Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: The Thatch Inn, Main Street, Broughshane

One of the Prince of Wales' favourite watering holes, the Thatch Inn in Broughshane, is an ancient pub in the shadow of Slemish.

One sign at the bar dates the hostelry to at least 1773 and by 1789 the inn was being referred to "long established".

Inside, the grub is just as traditional and can be consumed in the downstairs bar or in the spacious upstairs function room known as 'Shane's Lounge'.

As well as an extensive lunchtime and evening menu, the Thatch also boasts a 'recession buster' menu featuring some favourite main courses with a side for under £8.

Not being ravenous, I chose a starter and a side, barbecue ribs with garlic chips and a soft drink, which came in at well under £10. I may then have given in to temptation and tried the lemon and blueberry drizzle cake with custard. And of course I needed a coffee to wash that down with. So maybe I was hungry after all.

My three colleagues chose fajitas, a gammon steak and chilli chicken and were well pleased with the quality, price and portion size.

Service was efficient and pleasant and our only bugbear was the next table, where a gaggle of children, supercharged on sugar, appeared to be having a screaming competition.

Aside from the ear-splitting sideshow, for a good old-fashioned traditional pub eating experience, you can't go wrong with the Thatch.