Woolpack a great destination pub
The Woolpack in Slad is one of the Five Valley's iconic pubs and, with it's Swift's Hill view and timeless atmosphere, it's a lovely destination for summer al fresco dining.
On a glorious evening we took our children out to dinner on the Woolpack's terrace.
The menu is an ever-changing blackboard of choices reflecting seasonal availability, although I suspect traditional favourites such as beer-battered fish and chips (£11.75) make a regular appearance.
The Woolpack is a small but popular pub and it took a while to get served and for our food to arrive.
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With a lovely view, a sunny evening and a great selection of real ales this wasn't much of a hardship but our children started to get a little restless.
My homemade steak cheeseburger with thyme (£10.95) was worth the wait. It was a tasty chunk of meat and a lovely homemade-style bun with good chips.
My only comment is that it would have been nice to have something green added to the plate, a little side salad perhaps? My friend's gammon, chips and pineapple (£10.95) was a hearty portion and chunky gammon.
Another friend wasn't quite so pleased with his grilled plaice with new potatoes and broccoli (£13.95). He asked for it to be served without the accompanying prawn pesto and it was a little bland as a result.
There isn't a children's menu but the Woolpack offers child-sized portions of the main dishes and our youngsters wolfed down the sausage, mash and peas, which was still a sizeable portion.
We 'bought' some more time to enjoy the evening with icecream for the children and yummy Eton Mess (£5.95) for me and my friend.
The Woolpack remains a quintessentially English pub, largely unchanged since Laurie Lee's day.
Food is mostly excellent quality and, although not the cheapest, it remains a great destination pub.