Sunday dinner. The age old tradition. Do memories of your mam’s cooking, succulent meats, fluffy yorkshires and crispy roasties come to mind when you stare down at your own attempts at Sunday dinner that just doesn’t measure up? Just me? Ok then.
Last Sunday, rather than risk trying to create a Sunday dinner as well as my mam used to make it, I decided to take my her out for dinner instead. As it was a spur of the moment thing, we thought of loads of pubs we could go to, but then my mam suggested Lotus Lounge in Yarm. Recommended to her by a friend, she was told the Sunday dinners were ‘gorgeous.’ So we went ahead and booked.
Lotus Lounge, a restaurant/bar on Yarm high street offering Asian cuisine and delicious cocktails, draws in the weekend crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. However, on a Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere was more family orientated and relaxed.
Lotus Lounge serve their Sunday dinners a bit differently – on a sharing board. For £9.95 per person, you get a sharing board of Beef, Pork and Chicken with all the trimmings. Two large yorkshire puddings, crackling, roasties, broccoli, parsnips, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower cheese and plenty of gravy all comes as standard. For those of you wanting mashed potato or mashed carrot and swede they are £1.95 each for two people. However, this sharing board was more than enough for us.
The yorkshire pudding was the best I’ve tasted for a long time! Large, light and fluffy, they certainly beat my Aunt Bessie offerings and complemented the meats perfectly. Talking of which, the cuts of meat were lean and cooked to perfection. Each of us had a thick, generous slice of Beef, Pork and Chicken each and there was plenty of veg to go round too. The roasties, notoriously difficult to get right, were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Very impressive.
Whilst enjoying this sumptuous sunday dinner, I eyed the desserts being served on the next table. Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Homemade Apple and Plum Crumble as well as a selection of ice cream were all available as desserts. However, as always, my eyes were bigger than my belly and the main course filled me up!
With one course being £9.95, two courses, £13.95 and three courses £15.95, this is a Sunday Dinner worth coming out for!