Dining Out: Bay Horse Inn

Bay Horse Inn, Bay Horse Lane, Ellel, Lancaster.
Bay Horse Inn, Bay Horse Lane, Ellel, Lancaster.

A little off the beaten track is a gem of an eating house. Bay Horse Inn at Ellel near Lancaster has been established as an inn and restaurant since 1992 and is run by the Wilkinson family Brian and Mae, their son Craig and daughter Yvonne.

On our travels my partner and I decided to visit the Bay Horse Inn for a spot of lunch.

The friendly staff took our order and we took in our surroundings.

Mixing the old with the new there were leather seats, an Art Nouveau-style wooden bench and wooden seats with cushions on which we were sitting.

The wooden beams on the ceiling made for that olde worlde feel.

Not really one for a starter, I opted out whereas my partner went for grilled black pudding with celeriac coleslaw, cured ham, apple puree and brown sauce.

After polishing it off in no time, he said the simple but tasty starter had whet his appettite for the main course.

For main course he had slow cooked Goosnargh duck, creamy mashed potato, red wine soaked prunes and duck gravy.

I plumpled for roast Goosnargh chicken breast, mashed potato, dry cured bacon, creamy mixed mushroom sauce and garden herbs.

The mains were served with new potatoes and a selection of fresh vegetables. We felt the prunes didn’t really go with the duck dish but top marks to the chef for trying something different.

The bacon with my chicken was a little tough and again, didn’t really add anything to the overall dish. However, the duck and the chicken were perfectly cooked and succulent and the vegetables were well cooked and tasty.

For dessert we devoured chocolate and ginger biscuit torte with caramel ice cream and a piece of salted caramel.

A dessert person, this was heaven on a plate for me, chocolatey, crunchy and delicious.

The three-course lunch came to pennies over £50, a little pricey, but worth it.

Bay Horse Inn is definitely worth a second visit.

Michelle Blade