Having “discovered” the Lobster Pot at Christmas, where we enjoyed a family celebration, we decided on a return visit.
Family members were coming from Hull, Hunmanby and Bempton as well as Scarborough.
We opted for the seasonal fare on our first visit, so we were keen to explore the rest of the menu – as this is extensive it is going to take more than one return visit.
Part of the Marston chain, the Lobster Pot’s speciality is the rotisserie, from which various chicken dishes – from coq au vin to curry – can be ordered.
If that does not tickle your tastebuds than there is a host of pub staples ranging from burgers and beef and ale pie to grilled gammon and pasta.
There is a wide-ranging starter menu, “shares”, sandwiches, soup and jacket potatoes. Soup, rotisserie chicken, garlic mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella salad and onion rings are all on the starters menu – ranging in price from £3 to £3.95.
I opted for pate in a pot – a smooth chicken pate served with thin, crispily-toasted bread. It was perfect – and the portion of pate was generous.
My companion opted for the prawn cocktail, again a generous helping of the main dish was accompanied by two chunky pieces of bread.
Both dishes were handsomely presented.
The choice for the main course is wide – club sandwiches, meatballs, lasagne, including a vegetarian option, beef ribs and various burgers.
That merely scratches the surface of what is on offer, and all come with potatoes, vegetables and/or salad and a range of sides.
Pesto-crusted salmon (£8.35) was my dining partner’s choice and this was served with new potatoes and seasonal vegtables.
The fish was moist and the pesto a perfect texture complement. There was ample accompaniments.
Sirloin steak with chips, tomato, mushroom and peas was my decision (£11.35) and for an extra £2 it came with sauce Diane. The juicy, big steak cooked medium rare was delicious.
With such delights as apple pie, pecan tart, cheesecake, jam roly poly and various ices creams on offer, dessert was a must. We shared a sweet, tangy, creamy, crunchy treacle toffee waffle (£3.60).
The Lobster Pot is open for lunch as well as dinner and is clearly a family pub – so, if children are not your favourite dining companions time your visit when other people’s little darlings should be in bed. There are, though, no guarantees.
The dining area is huge and its wood panelling and easy chairs give it bags of atmosphere. Outside there is also bags of seating area – secluded arbours with heaters.
The service from the young staff is attentive and professional. Nothing is too much trouble from the second you enter and shown to a table.
The Lobster Pot is perfect for all occasions – from large family gatherings to intimate dinners for two. It has a wide-ranging menu which caters for most tastes and appetites. With our meal, with drinks, coming in at under £40 , it provides value for money.
Rating out of ten: Food 7; menu choice 8; service 8; decor 8; ambience 7; overall 7