IF YOU ARE feeling peckish, I would certainly recommend a trip to The Punch Bowl, Low Bentham, where quality of food and value are spot on.

In a picturesque location by the River Wenning, the pub is one of the first things visitors to the village see as they drive in from the Lancaster direction.

There is ample parking, a roaring fire and a beer garden – all things which make it easy to see why this is a popular haunt for locals.

The recently relaunched menu is packed with pub classics and popular dishes, from pies to burgers to salads, and the daily specials board is also varied.

On our visit, the New York chicken and the chicken curry smelled very tempting indeed.

After perusing the menu for far too long – my partner and I can be quite indecisive – I decided to go for Cumberland sausage with eggs, chips and fresh vegetables, which was a remarkable dish at £6.95.

My partner chose the gammon steak, with chips, egg and pineapple, and fresh vegetables, for £7.95.

I imagined the serving would be a modest size, judging by the price, so when it arrived I was overjoyed. I love a generous serving – but this had to be seen to be believed. It almost beggared belief at this price.

Alongside the plentiful chips and delicious veg, was a Cumberland sausage swirl in all its glory.

Often it can be the case that what you gain in quantity you lose in quality but that was far from the case here. The food was delicious from the first bite to the last.

I have to say that I have since returned to the restaurant with some friends and their reaction was the same as mine – they couldn’t believe how good the food was, especially when you consider the price.

Both visits were enjoyable, and made all the more so thanks to the friendly staff and comfortable surrounds of this historic pub.

* Total cost of meal for two main courses, excluding drinks was £14.90.