The Black Lion
A Country Pub with so much to offer
Firbeck is a delightful place and nestled in the heart of the village is the Black Lion.
Since taking over the pub almost three years ago Phil Rogers has made subtle but distinctive changes which have seen the pub brought back to life. In a time when so many pubs have closed or been unsympathetically modernised the Black Lion has kept its character and charm and this is what the customers love about the place. To its credit they were awarded the Camra spring 2010 pub of the season.
Together with my husband on a mid-week night we went along to see just what the Black Lion had to offer. Having just returned from a very enjoyable weekend away in North Yorkshire stumbling across wonderful pubs l must say it was nice to see the same traditional welcome with roaring log fire and traditional ales a little closer to home.
Before we checked out the menu Phil gave us a tour of the rooms he has just refurbished they provide very spacious well equipped accommodation all very reasonably priced. So if you want to escape to the country without the long drive then you really could be miles away from home.
As we walked back through the busy bar I couldn’t resist a table by the log fire with memories of my childhood and the bread rising on the hearth but enough of the reminiscing and onto the menu. For starters l ordered pepper pot mushrooms which were served in a lovely cream and garlic sauce with the addition of a puff pastry lid which added a new twist to one of my favourite starters and it worked. My husband chose the pan fried king prawns in brandy and garlic sauce which were fresh and very tasty. Onto the mains we both decided to opt for something from the specials menu l ordered the fillet of pork cooked in apple and calvados sauce. The pork melted in the mouth and the fresh sliced apples and winter berries were pleasing to the eye. My husband decided on the rack of lamb with port and pear sauce and with perfectly cooked pink meat and again served with a delicious sauce. The chef brought a creative flair to his cooking and it was compliments to him as those finishing touches make all the difference. We both shared a generous portion of fresh vegetables including boiled potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.
We couldn’t make room for a dessert but there was plenty to tempt us including two hot puddings pineapple upside down and old English fruit. The raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and cheese board with port were also very tempting but maybe next time.
The specials board at the Black Lion will change on a regular basis and runs alongside an extensive menu which includes Grimsby haddock, pan fried sea bass, slow roasted belly pork and venison sausage. There is also a grill section with steaks which come with homemade chips. The menu even has a section for the smaller appetite.
There are always different real ales to try and there are six decent wines priced at a very reasonable £11.95 a bottle.
The Black Lion has monthly Jazz and folk nights and really has so much to offer great food, good ales and good company.
The Black Lion, New Road, Firbeck
Tel 01709 812575