Pub review - The Eagle and Child, Staveley
PUBLISHED: 11:29 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:11 19 January 2016
Rebekka O’Grady takes time out at The Eagle and Child in Staveley
The Eagle and Child is the type of pub you wish to have at the end of your road. I thought this as I sat outside in the sunshine, drinking Hawkshead Brewery New Zealand pale ale in their beer garden next to the river. However, I think if I was to uproot this beautiful pub, it would lose its special quality.
The peaceful village of Staveley comes alive in the Eagle and Child. The warmth of the log fire, the cosy, mismatched furniture and quirky décor makes it the type of place that saddens you when it’s time to leave. Twinkling lights are strung across the bar, where many local ales are on tap – meaning you get a true taste of the Lake District in both food and drink.
Dining on a Friday night, you’d be hard pushed to find an empty table - reservations are essential. Luckily, we were staying in one of the five inviting rooms upstairs and the barman had been kind enough to save us a table. There’s a good selection on the menu, full of local produce. The lunch for a fiver is also an attractive offer for passing walkers in the daytime. A specials board hangs above the crackling fire, packed full of starters and main courses - with ‘Fresh Fish Friday’ being our dish of the day.
Starters were fried plaice goujons with tartare sauce and homemade Thai-style salmon fishcakes. The goujons were crisp and the plaice soft and flaky – a delicious alternative to cod. Those trying the Thai fishcakes may want to have a glass of water to hand as they pack a delicious chilli punch!
Main courses were a village-sourced lamb shank and fresh beer battered haddock with chips. The lamb was served on a bed of creamy mash with a redcurrant, red wine and thyme jus – it was superb. The meat fell of the bone and the delicious jus drizzled over the potato was the perfect accompaniment. The fish was a generous sized portion, moist on the inside and crisp outside and it came with a lemon wedge, homemade mushy peas and tartare. We also ordered a side dish of vegetables.
Far too full to manage a dessert, we got the bill. A two-course meal worked out at £18.45 a head (without drinks). The service was warm and friendly and there was a brilliant atmosphere. Plus, you don’t have to move anywhere else for post-meal drinks.
The Eagle and Child, Kendal Road, Staveley, LA8 9LP
Tel: 01539 821320 www.eaglechildinn.co.uk