Posted: Thursday 16 March 2017
North East Associates
2016 - winter - 2017
The Waggon, near Ponteland, was the venue for our November event.
We had some concern on the operation of the pub since it had recently changed hands.
There were several problems with food orders and as a result some had their money back.
Mince & Dumplings ran out but was excellent while it lasted! Also popular was Scampi, Steak & Ale Pie and Chicken Curry – all for £6.75.
Twenty-eight retirees turned up and included Joan Gray and Alice Coulthard who both had not been along for several months.
Rivet Catcher was the ale appreciated by the men.
294 Associates, friends and family participated in pub lunches.
This is 17 up on last year.
There is a hard core of regular attendees
headed by the Daniels, Gregorys and Downeys.
Several new faces turned up this year
– Carol & David Veitch and Arthur & Odette Walker.
First pub lunch of 2017 saw 27 brave the elements and “Dry January” to partake of the food at The Badger at Ponteland.
The beers were Timothy Taylor Landlord, Doom Bar and Black Sheep.
All the food was very good - including Hunters Chicken, Southern Fried Chicken, Gammon & Eggs and a Risotto.
It was a good start to the year and enabled Associates to catch up and share their festive experiences.
Valentine’s Day and we visited the Red Kite at Winlaton Mill - formerly the Golden Lion - for our lunch.
The service was excellent. Eighteen turned out to partake of the fare and drinks.
Jennings Cumberland, Deuchars IPA and Thwaite’s Wainwright ales all went down very well.
They have a “Light Bites” menu where main meals were £5.95.
Mussels were good as was the Minute Steak.
Pork & Mushroom Stroganoff and Lamb Curry were just the right size too.
The £2.95 dessert of Panacotta went down well, as did the Cheeseboard which was excellent.
The Falcon at Prudhoe looked very impressive as we drew up. It has a large car park and it seemed very popular as it quickly filled up with lots of lunch taking attendees.
Our party of 26 took up a small part of the eating area and soon drinks and food were being sought. The staff, they were helpful and efficient, serving pints of Bombardier Gold and Harviestoun Gold ales.
There was a Carvery which at £6.95 was great value with a choice of roasts - Beef, Chicken and Ham – as well as Chicken & Ham pie. The choice of vegetables was excellent along with stuffing balls and mandatory massive Yorkshires.
The starters that some chose were enormous portions of Garlic Mushrooms, Black Pudding, and Prawn Cocktails.
The mains were even bigger - Fish & Chips, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Scampi & Chips.
This pub was a Harry Lowe recommendation but he was not available to sample the wares with us.
Never mind – nice one Harry!
Colin P. Harris
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