It was off to The Lamport Swan tonight to catch-up with Mags. Unusually, this time, we were without Ian, our partner-in-crime, as he’s recuperating. However, Mags’ hubby, Alan joined us for the first time and more than evened-up the numbers.
The last time we were here was in November 2016 for lunch, as part of my extended 60th Birthday celebrations. The difference this time was that the place was heaving! Judging by the number of Aston Martins in the car-park, it looked like that the swollen numbers was mainly down to a car enthusiasts’ meeting of some kind.
Mags and Alan were already there and after some quick ‘hellos’, we were soon getting down to the serious business of studying the menu and ordering our drinks.
Cloudy Cider on Draught – I’ve not had one of these for a while!
The Menu’s had a makeover since our last visit, and it all looked very imaginative… and ALL very tempting! Julie was our effervescent and enthusiastic Waiter and she did a great job given that the place was probably the busiest I’d ever seen it.
In the end, I settled for…
Baked Halloumi Chips
Thai Green Curry
Mini Chocolate Brownie
We did all our individual choices justice and had pretty much clean plates all round – it had all been super-yummy! The only difficult part of the evening was with our chats – straining to hear each other over the noise from the table next-door. No, not the Aston Martin group, but a foursome of ladies obviously practising for Foghorn-of-the-Year. Yeesh! what a racket!!
Towards the end of the evening, Mags came up with a brilliant suggestion for our future get-togethers. For all the years we’ve been doing this, we’ve always met in the evening, but now that we’re all working fewer hours (very few in some cases!), why not meet up at lunchtime? Well, it certainly makes sense, so ‘watch this space!’.
With the bill paid, we said our goodbyes, carefully manoeuvring around the posh cars in the car-park and then heading for home. We were home by 9.30, so just time to digest our meal and catch-up with the ever-expanding list of TV programmes accumulating on Sky Q.
It’s a busy life!!