There were some great scrans along the Pennine Way, which may well be convenient for dropping into on the way home from some SOTAing. The Red Lion at Earby, The Olde Nags Head at Edale, The Top Brink Inn at Lumbutts, The Langdon Beck Hotel, The Geroge & Dragon at Garrigill and the Border Hotel at Kirk Yetholm all served excellent grub.
On more usual SOTA haunts, there is a decent cafe in the caravan park on the left on the road up to Moel Famau NW-044, and the Ponderosa on Horseshoe Pass between NW-042 and NW-043 never disappoints. I echo the comments about Pete’s Eats, but the Spice of Llanberis restaurant is my first choice in that town. On the way home from Snowdonia, the Bengal Palace in Colwyn Bay is also excellent.
Lord’s Stones Cafe on Chop Gate, at the foot of TW-002 is pretty good. We have always enjoyed the food and beer at the Scafell Hotel (Riverside Bar at the side/back) in Borrowdale.
The best grub for the start of a SOTA day for me would be a choice between Lymm Truck Stop (M6 J20) or Westmorland Farm Shops (Tebay) services on the M6.
The best feed for the end of a SOTA day has got to be the Weston Balti Raj in Macclesfield. It has an amazing £7.95 menu (Sunday to Thursday) where you get pappadoms, any starter, any curry, any vegetable side dish and any rice or nan all for that price. Don’t be fooled by the price though, the food and the service is superb, and it is no coincidence that the EYP family and the CWI family keep bumping into each other there on a Sunday afternoon/evening! And they serve Bangla Beer.
Maybe I should organise a “SOTA Curry” at this establishment one Sunday teatime/evening. Would anyone be interested?