Saturday, 17 May 2008

43 years later........

The buildings of the Old Lantern Inn in Martin date back to 11th year of Charles I, 1636 when they formed two farm cottages. In 1803 the then occupier, Jacob Sawley, applied for and was granted a licence to sell ale. It remained an Inn, sometimes with a grocers shop attached until the 20th century. In 1976, the name of the house was changed to the “Old Lantern” .

This evening I took my first outing since I got out of hospital when Pam and I went for a meal at The Old Lantern Tavern, Martin. The food was perfectly adequate, but not exciting and the restaurant didn't exude the sort of atmosphere you might have expected given the historic nature of the buildings. Overall we had a great evening, celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. It seems hard to believe it is 43 years since I took Pam to Edale, after leading her up the aisle, and introduced her to the joys of Redstarts in dry stone walls and Twite on winding hill tops.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

God, you are a moaning old git. This pub is my local when I am in the UK and has an excellent atmosphere, indeed it is the perfect English pub and serves high quality organic food from lovely staff. I cannot think of a better place to be in the UK on a summers day, perhaps except if you were there, moaning...

Forget the knee, get your head examined mate.

Tony Morris said...

I wasn't moaning. It's not a pub in the traditional sense any longer, It is a restaurant. Once people finished eating they left, so the place was empty before 10 pm, which meant that it really didn't have the atmosphere of a local.

Colin Dade, Kingsdown said...

I have to agree with the original poster Tony, this is a lovely inn and has great atmosphere, and has always been busy when I've been there.

If anyone else is reading, give this Inn a try; the food is great and the location is lovely. It is bit in the sticks, but great for families (large gardens.)

If you see Tony there give him a slap...

Tony Morris said...

It may have been because it was a cold Sunday, but it was empty and quiet very early on and because of the weather the garden wasn't open. I certainly wasn't trying to be a moaning old git. Obviously passing an honest opinion wasn't acceptable! Next time it's odds on that I will agree with Tony and Colin, they obviously have more experience of the place than I do. I certain wouldn't want anyone not to try it, it is certainly woth a go.

Rob said...

The historic nature of the Inn most certainly exudes atmosphere -this pub is very much an "oldy-worldly" venue. There is a new extension to the restaurant that opened last year, I believe, and that is more modern, but just look at the photo - it's beautiful.

If you wan't exciting food, go to a Gordon Ramsay restaurant!

Tony Morris said...

Hi Rob,
It think we are going round a bit in circles. The building is great, I'm sorry f I didn't find the little room we were in full of atmosphere, it may well have been my problem, perhaps I wasn't at my best. Gordon Ramsey food doesn't interest me.

Anonymous said...

>Gordon Ramsey food doesn't interest me

Why, he's one of the best chefs in the world. Judge the man on his good, not his big gob.

Tony Morris said...

He may be, I have no access to one of his restaurants, I doubt if I could afford it, and even if I did I would be surprised if, being the moaning old bugger I am, I would consider it worth the money. A quick look at one of his menus confirms that nothing I could eat could be worth the price (e.g mixed salad £8.50, Lamb cutlets, £35) to me. Pam's cooking is top class,and I only have to give half of it away to get the other half cooked.