Nothing good ever happens to me on a train. Falling over, vomiting and being the victim of a teenage bully at least half my age are all unpleasant things I have experienced while travelling on our country’s railway lines, so when a friend asked if we would like to join them on the Real Ale Trail to Ramsbottom on a steam train, I was worried that my run of bad train luck might ruin the experience for everybody, as is so often the case.
I decided to prepare for the day by wearing so much pink that I resembled a five year old girl and/or a boiled sweet; my theory being that the Gods would probably like both of those things, and spare me any ill treatment during the trip. This however did not work as planned and we were pelted with furious rain and angry winds (did I mention I was dressed as a five year old girl on a Summer’s day?) so when we finally arrived at our lunch destination, Eagle & Child, after walking for ten minutes up a hill with a very aggressive angle, I also resembled the illicit love child of Aunt Sally and Worzel Gummage. Thankfully, the manager promised to seat us despite our lack of reservation and swiftly took our drinks order without asking me for any proof of age*. What a helpful chap he was!
Eagle & Child is a gorgeous pub with a warm atmosphere and quirky decoration which sets it aside from others. I instantly liked it.
We were in a bit of a rush so didn’t have time for a starter which always distresses me, but I was too worn out to have a temper tantrum so resorted to having a little cry in the toilets.
The fish & chips was the most popular choice amoung our group and it was as good as any I’ve sampled – the dish ticking all the necessary boxes required for it to be a success.
The turkey and ham pie was a bit of heaven in a pot -topped with the cheesiest of toppings, it warmed me up from the inside out.
The burger looked so good that I almost regretted my fish & chips decision and I was in such awe that I forgot to take a photograph.
Pig, slow cooked belly, sticky cheek + hock pie, bubble & squeak
Onion rings – I loved the different varieties of onions used, brilliant stuff.
Our food took a while to arrive although this was probably a bit more apparent to us as we were in such a hurry, but everyone was really helpful and pleasant.
I’m definitely going back to Eagle & Child, I’ve got my eye on that burger and their Sunday roast is award winning. But this time I will dress age/weather appropriately and be travelling by car. That climb means I’m saving up for a pacemaker. Any donations are welcome.
*I am more than old enough to drink alcohol. Despite what my wardrobe suggests.