On a recent road trip up to Scotland we stopped off for dinner at a small hotel Called Foundry 34, in the town of Penrith.
Upon entering the hotel you are immediately in the dining area, with a reception desk to one side which I felt was slightly odd and informal. The decor was modern but it felt a bit too fussy and I didn’t feel it worked in such a small environment, it made it look cheap.
The menu was large and had all the common meals you would expect from a pub. We had chosen it quickly online that afternoon as it was one of the only places we had seen that had gluten free marked on the menu.
I chose the pork steak with seasonal veg and roasted potatoes. I have to say I was amazed. The pork came in a delicious honey mustard sauce which was so tangy and really complemented the meat, the vegetables were perfectly cooked. It was a generous portion size and a reasonable price – didn’t even have room for pudding!
The service became quite slow as the restaurant got busy, however the staff were friendly and helpful which made up for this.
Overall this place really made me think of the expression ‘never judge a book by its cover’ A delicious meal in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where gluten free wasn’t a hassle – what more could you want!