THERE weren’t many tables left when Marie Baker and Suzie Pike went to Barkers, in Vine Street, Grantham, for lunch this week.
Suzie writes: I was surprised how busy the cafe was when we visited on a gloomy Wednesday lunchtime.
But the wonderful smell coming from the kitchen may have been a clue, I thought.
The decor of the cafe is quite old-fashioned and the menu covers most of the traditional selections from sandwiches and jacket potatoes to scampi and chips and pie.
Normally I would have a sandwich for lunch but the smell of fish and chips was too much to resist, so that’s what I chose.
The waiter was friendly and very patient as we were quite slow to order.
When the food arrived I could not believe how big the portion sizes were. I was given two pieces of fish, a mound of chips and salad. It felt a bit like an eating competition!
The fish was tasty and well cooked, the salad was fresh and the chips were crunchy, although perhaps slightly too crispy in some cases. For £5.45 you certainly couldn’t complain, although I would advise you take cash to pay as there is a small charge for paying by card.
Marie writes: We were lucky to get a table at Barkers when we went for lunch, with the cafe clearly attracting a loyal, older clientele.
I was pleased to see a wide variety of dishes on offer. I opted for the smothered chicken - chicken breast, bacon and cheese covered in barbecue sauce, costing £6.95.
It was tasty and the chicken tender. The side salad was fresh, but sadly the chips had the texture of ones that had been cooked some time previously.
As Suzie said, the decor is quite old-fashioned, and so is the menu, in a good, comfortable way.
The puddings were the traditional sticky toffee pudding and crumble. Although with the size of the mains, we couldn’t possibly have managed one!
Rating: HHH (out of five)