Posted by: OffToExplore | September 2, 2009

Out on the Town: The Slug and Lettuce

The Slug and Lettuce was recommended to us by the staff in our hotel as good, basic pub/bar food. Since we were looking for an easy classic British meal, we decided to give it a go.

I hate to say it, but we weren’t all that impressed. Part of it may have been an expectations thing. We didn’t realize that we needed to order at the bar, so we ended up waiting at the door for quite a while. NOTE: At many pubs/bars, ordering at the bar is standard. While you may see servers bustling around, they may not be taking orders, only delivering food.

Once we finally determined that no one was going to come for our order, the food came fairly quickly. Ryan ordered the Steak and Mushroom pie, and I had the Fish Pie. He was not all that impressed with his pie, which had a pretty generic flavor and was somewhat greasy. The chips were similarly blah. Not horrible, just nothing special.

The fish pie, on the other hand, was pretty good. The pie was filled with generous chunks of smoked haddock, salmon, and prawns in a creamy sauce with a nice leek bite. The crust, made of mashed potatoes with crispy cheddar cheese on top, kept the fish toasty warm. This was classic comfort food, from the gentle crunch on top to the smoky nuggets of fish on the bottom. That the pie came with crusty ciabatta and not chips was not a big loss, and in fact the bread was perfect for scooping out the last bits of fishy goodness.

We will likely be back to The Slug and Lettuce at least once, but there wasn’t much else that particularly interested us on the menu. Still, the fish pie was good enough to give it another go.

The Slug and Lettuce

13A Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, HG1 2TJ



  1. it’s british food what did you expect. i liked the sunday roast when i ate there. I also made the mistake of ordering the “ultimate slug platter” it was so much food i had to offer some to the people sitting around me!

  2. Steak and Mushroom pie? Why not just order the eel and laugh? The fish pie I could try!

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