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The Brown Cow (Blackburn, Lancashire)

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Address: 19 Bridge Road / Chatburn BB7 4AW / Lancashire

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      10.09.2012 14:41
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      A decent pub if local to the area and very hungry... the portions are enormous!

      The Brown Cow is a pub and restaurant in Chatburn, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. Given the size of the village it's surprising that it is in fact one of two pubs in the village about 50m apart. This pub for general congenial ambience and passable food is definitely the pick of the two.

      It's a classic looking pub and inside is relatively old fashioned still boasting a faded, patterned, bear stained carpet. The furnishings are a curious mix of old, well used tables and chairs and newer looking, brighter furniture. Some tables also have corner pew type seating that on the whole are as uncomfortable as they sound. It is largely unremarkable in appearance but is always lively with mostly locals.

      I've eaten there once and the menu is pretty basic and tailored for those looking for standard pub grub ranging from pies to burgers to some unappetising looking salads that look like they were fresh from the 80's. No rocket here but iceberg lettuce, tomato and cucumber with something on top. I skipped these despite being on a diet and stuck to things that are hat to get wrong - the beef burger with a pint of lager to wash it down.

      The first thing I'll note was the remarkable size of the portion. The burger itself was probably a 1/2 pounder beef patty on an equally impressive bun with onion rings inside. The chips were a meal for 2 in themselves. To add an element of health a meagre side salad limply sat beside this monstrous feast. So far so good for £6 - I'm used to London prices so for me this was exceptionally cheap for the quantity of food on offer and made me wonder how the pub stays in business.

      The meal wasn't the worst burger I've ever eaten... But also far from the best. The meat itself was well cooked (a little too well for me) but definitely tasted as though it was from the freezer and not the best cuts used. The chips were OK but could have done with being cooked a little longer to have been crispier. The side salad was, well, dreadful and not even dressed.

      Service was on the whole charming and with a typical Lancashire warmth, smile and giggle. It was also very efficient and quick in terms of bringing our meal an clearing the plates. The general ambiance of the pub mirrored the friendliness of the staff. It was filled with locals having a natter but we didn't feel as though we were outsiders coming in. It was a relaxed, comfortable environment. The pub, except for the carpet, was also very clean and tidy.

      Granted, the quality of the food wasn't great, but for the price I'm not sure what you can expect. Although unremarkable, it was in all a nice pub and restaurant and if in the area, one I would return to again

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