THERE can’ be many places where you can get a filling meal in relaxing surroundings for less than a fiver. But it is possible at The Miles Thompson, in Allhallows Lane, Kendal, where the varied menu offers lots of good food.

As a journalist, I always like to know what’s going on in the world and you can catch up with the latest news courtesy of either BBC News 24 or Sky News.

But if the news isn’t your bag, it won’t matter because it is not an intrusive feature of the pub – the TV is in the corner with the sound down and subtitles on.

Another great thing about the pub is the number of ales, ciders, wines and the like that are available at the bar.

One night after a tricky day at work, some colleagues and I paid a visit to the pub, and as it was very close to payday, I knew I could justify having a meal because it is so reasonably priced.

There are many places that I just cannot afford to go, but The Miles Thompson is not one of them, and that is a big part of its appeal.

I went for the sausage, chips and beans option. Nice and simple. Don’t expect any thrills or fancy touches, but do expect good food, which won’t break the bank.

It was £3.09. That’s right, three of your English pounds and nine of your English pennies for a filling meal. You can’t knock it.

The chips are really tasty and crisp, the beans were Heinz and there were three sausages, each of which hit the spot.

It might not be gourmet food, it might not change your life, but there are plenty of plusses about eating at The Miles Thompson.