On a cold Saturday in February we found ourselves looking for lunch in picturesque Wark. According to Trip Advisor there appeared to be two choices and The Battlesteads had real keen appeal.
The bar was deserted when we entered but we followed the sound of clinking crockery through the empty restaurant and into a delightful bright conservatory where almost all of the tables were full.
Service was swift and attentive, menus were proffered, apologies were offered for the lamb wrap not being available. The menu offered a varied choice, with emphasis on locally sourced produce and artisan providers. They have awards for sustainability and emphasis is on quality and food miles.
We both selected gammon with hand cut chips. It arrived promptly and was excellent, thickly cut and succulent it had a beautiful flavour, it was topped with a fried hens egg, chips were excellent and the accompanying salad was well dressed and nicely presented.
The restaurant and adjoining hotel are very nicely decorated, staff are efficient and unobtrusive, a quick check that everything was ok than we were left to enjoy our meal in peace.
We were tempted by the exceptional cheeseboard but decided another time! As we intend to return to visit the dark sky observatory which is a feature of the hotel.
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