The Bull at Broughton
There are places you always seem to drive past and never stop at. The Bull at Broughton is one of these places.
We spent lots of my childhood near Skipton, weekends lazing by the canal on a campsite at Gargrave, which is just around the corner from Broughton.
When arranging to meet some friends from Lancashire I looked at a map and realised that The Bull was the same distance away from both our houses… a plan was forming. They too had driven past on many occasions.
The pub has always looked lovely, being almost at the gates at Broughton Hall it’s always looked a popular venue too.
This pub is now in the chain called Ribble Valley Inns, part owned by chef Nigel Howarth.
It was a lovely sunny afternoon so we chose to sit outside. We’d booked a table and it was very kind of the staff to book an indoor and an outdoor table so that we could choose when we got there.
For our starters we chose
Two of us chose the Devilled Whitby Crab from the specials menu
Black Pudding Scotch Egg also from the specials menu
Cheese Souffle – forgot to take a photo!
Then our friend decided we also needed to share a portion of Cauliflower Fritters… I’d noticed from the online menu that this said Tomlinsons Cauliflower. We live opposite a farm in Pudsey called Tomlinsons… who grown cauliflowers… so imagine our smiles when we found out that it is our neighbours who supply the Ribble Valley Inns with cauliflowers and rhubarb! What a small world!
The choice on the main courses left us all undecided for some time… so many delicious sounding meals.
Eventually we decided, three of us had the Ploughmans Lunch.
The other meal that was ordered was the Burger.
Everything was presented perfectly, the attention to detail made us feel that our food was special and it was, everything tasted amazing. The mix of flavours and tastes on the Ploughmans Lunch was perfect. I’m not a pork pie fan but I think I might have changed my mind now. The blue cheese and the ham just melted in your mouth. Loved everything.
Now three of us love our puddings and our other friend threatened to order the Cauliflower Fritters again!
In the end I chose the Eton Mess
The Baked Alaska
Wow! That’s the only way to explain it. I did manage to pinch some of Mr C’s and it tasted even more amazing than it looked if that’s possible.
Our other friend isn’t really a pudding person and he chose the Knickerbocker Glory though he was still talking about the Cauliflower!
And even better… real beer was on the menu too. The boys both drank pints of Dark Horse Hetton Pale Ale. If you like to sample your ale they also do beer bats at The Bull which offer a third of a pint of three beers.
The staff were all lovely, attentive when needed and very helpful.
So what are you waiting for? I can’t wait for our next trip to The Bull or one of the other Ribble Valley Inns.
We ate at the Clog and Billycock in Blackburn the week before Christmas 2012 and again the food and service were exceptional.
The Bull at Broughton Website
Menu at The Bull
Seasonal Menu at The Bull
Ribble Valley Inns Website
Tomlinsons Farm Shop, Roker Lane, Pudsey
Roker Lane, Pudsey, LS28 9AS