ALTHOUGH this is a members’ bowls club, the restaurant has been well advertised as open to non-members.

Easy to find on Huntington Road, and with a large car park, the morning bowls matches were over, evidenced by the number of people leaving as we arrived.

The restaurant is upstairs (there is a lift) with many tables overlooking ‘the green’. At a guess, more than 100 people could be accommodated although there were only about two dozen eating during our visit.

Menus and water were placed on a side table. Food is ordered either from the servery or from a waitress (should one be on duty) and brought to the table.

Soup (£2.25) and main meals which included Cumberland sausage, breaded scampi and quiche were priced from £4.75 to £5.25. They were served with chips or potatoes and vegetables or salad. There was also a specials board. Lighter snacks covered jacket potatoes (£2.95) and hot or cold sandwiches.

We chose from the specials. Breaded cod with mashed potato, peas and parsley sauce for Ann with gammon steak, mushrooms, chips and pineapple (egg was the alternative) for me. Both were priced £4.80.

The fish was free of bones, well breadcrumbed and enhanced by the parsley sauce which came in a separate bowl.

I asked for my gammon to be well done and it was. The pineapple and peas (presumably an alternative to mushrooms) were good but the chips lacked flavour.

One thing met with full approval. The plates were exceptionally hot.

Puddings cost £2.50. We could have chosen from treacle tart, apple pie, lemon sponge or chocolate and cherry sponge but decided to end with a cup of tea (50p). This was quite sufficient; a mug at 65p would have been just too much.

Coffee and hot chocolate ranged in price from 60p to 75p.

The restaurant is open from 11.30am to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday and from noon to 2pm on Sundays.

From the surrounding conversation, we concluded that we were the only non members eating during our visit.