I had passed The White Bear Inn many times as I drove through Adlington on my way to Chorley and decided it was finally time to see what it was like inside.
The pub, which used to house a brewery, is a landmark building on the busy A6.
From the outside, it was clear we could expect a traditional pub and that’s exactly what we got.
The front door goes into the main bar area and we went to the left, to a smaller room with a large, roaring fire.
There were a few people drinking and chatting in the bar area and the atmosphere felt really welcoming.
I was surprised by the wide choice of dishes on the menu, from traditional pub grub like lasagne and fish and chips, to toasties, paninis and jacket potatoes.
There was also a large specials board with lots of extra choices.
The prices all looked reasonable too and there were special offers on the menu for certain days, such as a two-course lunch for OAPs on Wednesdays for £5.95.
The various options for Sunday lunches also caught my eye, but unfortunately it was a Saturday.
Keen to satisfy my hunger, I ordered the lamb shank, which came with mashed potatoes and vegetables (£7.80).
There was a choice of mint and rosemary or red wine gravy and I opted for the mint and rosemary.
My boyfriend ordered the rib eye steak, to be cooked medium-rare (£13.95).
It was accompanied by chips, onion rings and peas.
We ordered our meals at the bar, along with a pint of lager (£3.05) and an apple and mango J2O (£2).
Cutlery, mats and various sauces were brought to our table and we didn’t have long to wait before our meals arrived.
We were really surprised by how big the meals were and could not wait to tuck in.
My lamb was really tender and the mint and rosemary gravy was delicious.
Many pubs opt for vegetables which taste like they have come out of a bag in the freezer and are there merely to fill the plate.
But my carrots, cauliflower and sprouts tasted like they’d been cooked just for me and were lovely.
My boyfriend said the steak had been cooked just as he’d asked and he was surprised that pub food could taste so good.
He also praised the chips, which seemed to be homemade too.
We had both been really hungry and the large meals certainly filled us up.
I couldn’t resist finding out what desserts were on offer though.
They weren’t listed on the menu, but a member of staff reeled off a long list which included sherry trifle, chocolate cake, sticky toffee pudding.
They all sounded delicious but hearing the desserts on offer made me realise that I couldn’t eat another bite.
We both really enjoyed our meals and thought the food at the White Bear Inn was better than the typical pub grub served in many places.
The bill was £26.80, making it reasonably priced and definitely worth another visit.
Name: The White Bear Inn
Address: 5A Market Street, Adlington
Contact: 01257 482357
Details: Open noon -2pm and 5pm-8pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon-7pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Wheelchair access: Yes, but a small step at entrance