What a marvellous lunch we had yesterday at Baldwins. Frances used to work there as a part-time waitress and she had phoned the restaurant to say that she would pay the bill. Jamie, the day manager, covered the cost of our drinks from the house budget - a pint and a half of Tetley's Smoothflow, two gin and tonics and a bottle of French sauvignon blanc. But that wasn't the lunch - just the liquid accompaniment.
At Baldwins you get a complimentary loaf of fresh bread on a wooden board. For my starter I had tomato, celery and lentil soup with a herb dumpling. Shirley had the pate stuffed mushrooms. For our mains I had slow cooked shank of lamb with braised root vegetables & lamb jus. Shirley had grilled tranche of cod florentine with spinach and rich cheddar sauce. My dessert was summer pudding while Shirley had creamy meringues in a chocolate sauce.
The dining environment at Baldwins is lovely - spacious and clean with nice details such as a rose in a cut glass vase, a glass jug of iced water, a linen tablecloth and "Made in Sheffield" stainless steel cutlery. Wonderful, It was also nice that we had the very latest reservation for the lunchtime session and by three thirty, when we departed, we were the only customers left.
Naturally, we didn't drive home but Baldwins is just a five minute walk from our house. Both of our cars were there because Shirley had scooted to the restaurant straight from work and I had been out into Derbyshire for an early birthday walk.
Three hours of plodding. Sunshine on the tops but clouds stubbornly refusing to budge from the valleys. The morning mistiness had bejewelled autumnal cobwebs and to accompany this post I have picked three pictures I took of this seasonal phenomenon.