Monday, October 27, 2008

Travellers Rest, Lowton


It's ages since we've been out to eat as a whole tribe together. The inability of our two youngest to sit still for more than five seconds - and their sheer refusal to eat more than a mouthful off their plates were among the main reasons.

We put all that to one side yesterday though and headed to the Travellers Rest on the road out of Newton-le-willows towards Lowton.

It's a great pub and a good place to eat, particularly if you want to know where your food comes from.

It's organic, which isn't essential for us, but it's also all local stuff - which is a big plus for me. The roast beef on our plates came from Delph Lane Farm in Moss Nook. The veggies came from Kenyon Hall Farm on the edge of Winwick.

Incidentally the veggies were carrots and leek, which is just as it should be. Both are in season now.

Bit more expensive than some other places: £8.95 for a roast, £5.95 for kids, but worth every penny if you ask me.

20 comments:

Chris W said...

£8.95 expensive!!

That's starter prices round our area!

The bloomin north....

You'll be tellin me that a pint is less than £3.50 next

NIGEL HUGHES said...

Bet you wish it was still £2.99 for a steak sizzler in the Merebrook.

Anonymous said...

glad you enjoyed the travellers rest you should come in again i am the chef there let me know when you are next in

Anonymous said...

glad you enjoyed the travellers. i am the chef there let me know when you next come in

Anonymous said...

who runs the pub now and how long have they been there?

NIGEL HUGHES said...

A few months ago there was new management installed at the pub. The chef left too.

I'm told that this went down well with locals, who protested when he refused to serve chicken because he couldn't find an organic or local supplier.

I'm very idealistic in this area I know, but I've been in the Travellers Rest since and its offer is nowhere near the standard I enjoyed last year.

Anonymous said...

I was the chef who installed the organic suppliers etc at the travellers rest. I did not leave over chicken it was a customer complaint over the price difference of £1 between a cheese board in the bar and that of the restaurant. I am glad you enjoyed the food when i was there. i am now operating out of the Gallery Bar and Grill Alerton road Liverpool. If you ever venture down this was please stop by and ask for me my name is chris

NIGEL HUGHES said...

Chris (the chef), whatever the reason, it's a shame it didn't work out. As far as I'm aware nobody else around here caters for people who are committed to supporting local suppliers, never mind organic.

Hope it's going well in your new place though.

Anonymous said...

me and my brother about to take over would like to put it back on the map food wise if we can get a decent chef

Anonymous said...

Annon, had sunday lunch at this pub yesterday..very tasty and a good atmosphere. look forward to going back again.

Anonymous said...

Went back to this place for dinner the other evening. WOW what a difference a couple of months makes. The food was fantastic, the service was great. Looks like the're just getting ready for xmas we will certainly be going back. Might even be for christmas lunch.(if there's still room)

Anonymous said...

Went back to this place for dinner the other evening. WOW what a difference a couple of months makes. The food was fantastic, the service was great. Looks like the're just getting ready for xmas we will certainly be going back. Might even be for christmas lunch.(if there's still room)

Anonymous said...

Excellent food and very welcoming.

Anonymous said...

Superb food !!

David Riley said...

I have been a number of times to the Travellers Rest. The food is excellent and the reason why I go. The Staff are very warm, welcoming and pay a lot of attention to detail in making you feel so welcome.
There is a pleasant atmosphere within the restaurant and the chefs are great, nothing seems to be too much trouble for them.
I have been so impressed with their willingness to provide excellent service, food and surroundings that we hold regular monthly meetings at the restaurant. Well done to all concerned. Dave Riley. Chapter President, F.G.B.M.F.I. Warrington.

dave and margo said...

After having an excellent meal a month ago, visited again with high expectations,sadly not met.
Starter was very good but the Griddled medium rare Rib Eye was very poor, served "braised" and bland. When brought to attention of managment advised Chef had cooked it his way in the oven!!
At 15.99 it would have been nice to have it as we wanted not as the chef wanted !!! Sorry but our last visit.

Anonymous said...

the waitress and bar staff are very friendly and the food is ok at very gd prices however did feel like there was a bit of a tense atmosphere.The way how staff were being spoken to by higher staff members was awfull especially in the presents of us as customers. This has put me off a little bit as this in a pub in front of customers is very off putting.

Anonymous said...

we went to to the travellers last wednesday for the quiz and had a hoot. Great atmosphere and a well kept pint of beer.

Anonymous said...

This place was recommended to us and it didn't disappoint, the food and the service was excellent.Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

jr said...

Seems the Travellers closed suddenly before Christmas

Shame because it was one of my fav places to eat when home