‘YOU are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome’, boasts the website of The Lamb Inn.

And when two members of staff greeted us before we even reached the bar after an approximate eight-yard walk from the front door, I had no reason to disagree.

Situated on Mill Street, close to Wantage’s market place, this 17th century pub/restaurant fitted in perfectly with our movements on a Sunday lunchtime.

I had not booked in advance, but a calculated gamble that we could get a table soon after 12 o’clock paid off.

We opted to avoid the main bar area, instead finding a quiet spot around the corner from the kitchen – an ideal location for my daughter to finish her homework (honestly, she does not need bribing with a pub lunch in return for doing some school work!).

The Lamb has a comprehensive ‘pub’ menu with all the usuals, but with an added bonus of Sunday roasts and a selection of baguettes.

I was tempted by a roast, which seemed very popular elsewhere, but instead opted for the lime and chilli chicken breast (£11.50) – having first checked with the waitress it was not so spicy I would not be able to taste the rest of my meal.

I was reliably informed it was fine, with just enough of a kick to give it some real flavour. She was correct.

Choosing chips and fresh vegetables to accompany it might not have been the wisest choice, however, as my plate of food was rather dry and forced me to turn to mayonnaise. As alternatives were on offer though, I can only blame myself.

The chicken was tasty, with both the lime and chilli coming through with most mouthfuls.

Ruby, for whom a children’s menu is now too little but an adult meal is often too much, decided she would try the warm bacon and chicken baguette (£6.95) and was full of praise for the flavour of both, with the temperature of the meat nicely melting the inside of the bread.

My only gripe with our meal was the time it took to have our plates cleared – it was still not overly busy – and it was another 15 minutes before we were finally brought the dessert menu for which we had asked.

We were, however, pleasantly surprised when it did arrive.

Although they only advertise ‘full price’ puddings on their menu, we were handed a board with ‘small desserts’ listed.

They were basically all the offerings on the main menu, but half the portion size – and also half the price.

As neither of us could decide what we’d like, we opted to share both the chocolate profiteroles and the raspberry sundae.

At £2.50 apiece, it was a real bargain – with an ample offering of both appearing in front of us.

Another boast on their website is that The Lamb offers ‘wholesome and

value-for-money food’.

Someone has got this place spot-on.

l The Lamb Inn, Mill Street, Wantage 01235 766768 or lambinnwantage.co.uk