THE Borough, in Lancaster, is one of those great venues where you can hide away and enjoy your meal without feeling like the whole room is watching you.

There are plenty of private little alcoves or big chairs and tables tucked away in corners that allow you to eat an entire meal without having to hear what the person on the table next you thinks of their neighbour's new car.

The pub also offers a huge array of drinks behind the bar, catering for the seasoned cider drinker and the lover of local ales alike.  At the right time of year this spot also serves up a brilliant mulled wine.

Apart from eating and drinking, The Borough hosts a popular comedy night which is why we chose to go there to eat our meal.

For my starter I opted for the soup of the day which was tomato and, as the menu advertised, was made from locally sourced produce.

It was perfect – very thick and accompanied by a good amount of bread.

For my main, I went for the classic fish and chips, made with beer battered fresh haddock, from Fleetwood, with hand-cut chips and minted mushy peas – very tasty indeed.

Other things on the menu included roasted Butternut Squash, which I was tempted by but it was outdone by the fried option, despite my diet.

My other half had minted locally reared lamb served with Lancashire and Yorkshire root vegetables, creamy mash and a redcurrant and mint sauce.

He said it was very tasty and the creamy mash was a highlight.

* For two starters and two main meals, excluding drinks, the bill came to £36.