STUCK for where to go for lunch one Sunday, my mum and I remembered The Thatch and Thistle on the A6 at Blackrod.

We hadn’t been for ages and associated it with good food but slightly tatty décor on the last visit.

Off we went and were surprised to find it is now The Cherry Tree and has been completely revamped.

We were impressed with the modern and plush surroundings, and we were greeted and served with drinks before being given a choice of tables.

There was a relaxed buzz about the place, with plenty of other diners enjoying the pub and restaurant.

The menu had the usual favourites and a few different dishes, catering for everything from a snack or three-course meal.

We opted for the whole hog! We both went for soup of the day — sweet potato, carrot and coriander — at £3.95, which was delicious with a warm crusty roll — perfect.

Also among the usual starters were hummus and pitta breads and Bury Black Pudding Scotch Egg, from £2.25 to £5.95.

For the mains, we went for the offer of roast pork — the roast of the day — at £9.95. The dish came packed with a substantial portion of scrumptious meat, plenty of apple sauce and gravy, with yummy mash, roast potatoes, carrots and green beans—what more could you want? I was impressed.

We could have gone for fish and chips, a burger, steak, sandwiches the normal menu options, with other selections including hake and several pies (£8.95 to £14.95).

After a rest, we chose dessert as intended, ice cream for me (how could I refuse — it was Frederick’s). For £4.50, I got three big scoops, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate in a wafer dish with extra wafer—mouthwatering. My mum had one of the specials, assiette — a selection of mini desserts — for £6.95, which was very generous and looked amazing.

Mum did her best to finish, each bit was declared delicious.

Other temptations included apple and rhubarb crumble, cheesecake, a cheeseboard and more (£4.50- £5.95).

Overall, a really nice meal in great surroundings. I liked the atmosphere and the new look, and menu is clearly going down well.

The service was good, friendly, polite and attentive — perfect. My only slight criticism would be that maybe the food is a little pricey — it is nice but a bit on the dear side.

I read on the website that The Cherry Tree is under new ownership and has been reverted to its original name from the 1940s and 1950s.

In my opinion, the revamp has been a success and I’d recommend a visit, good grub in nice surroundings.