A little late but a very worthy addition to the site is the Blue Lion at East Witton. D and I have been wanting to visit the Blue Lion for over a year on recommendation from Pat and Tony P so our anniversary was a good excuse. The Haynes took Mr Chester off our hands so it was another opportunity to put the hood down and enjoy a leisurely drive up to the dales in the sunshine. East Witton is a very pretty village and the Blue Lion pub/restaurant is in a lovely old coaching inn type building with the accommodation in restored barns at the back, the gardens are very extensive. Our room was the suite with garden and was very well appointed but special mention has to go to the private garden with lots of wild birds and even a bold young rabbit that visits.
The bar area was traditional and very atmospheric, even romantic! We had a “light lunch” of thee starters, buffalo blue cheese with rocket and pine nuts, pate with figs and a slice of home pork pie with piccalilli all very yummy. A bottle of Prosecco was an ideal accompaniment. Also just to name drop has to be that “Jimmy” from Emmerdale was sat on the next table plus………wait for it………we walked around the churchyard and the cemetery was amazing……….Richard Whitely is buried there.
We retired to the room for the afternoon to watch the Federrer vs Roddick with the french windows open sipping a glass of Rose, great final memorable afternoon!
After showering in the super bathroom we headed for dinner but had decided to take a table in the bar which is a top tip. The choices are all from an extensive blackboard and local produce, we skipped starters, D had sea bass and I chose the pork belly with black pudding and bubble and squeak both were excellent but too much. A bottle most excellent Montrachet was a real treat. Coffee and cognac with petit fours finished off a perfect day.
The Globe Troffersmust visit the Blue Lion.