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June 22, 2014


Being severely disabled I don’t get out much. I have to have someone with me if Iam going anywhere and at my time in life friends are few and far between. I’m not complaining, there are lots of people about who are far worse off than I am, just making a point, the relevance of which will become obvious shortly.
Yesterday a good friend came to see me and as it was such a nice day we decided to go out. One of my favouraite places these days is Carsington Water, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. As someone who is disabled I can’t speak too highly of Carsingtom. Owned and developed by Severn Trent water it has developed into a very popular visitor attraction and it is always very busy. There are lots of different attractions ranging from ongoing educational exhibitions to touristy shops, all kinds of eating houses and miles and miles of walks, cycle tacks etc.. It reall is a wonderful day out with loads of car parking. There is also a very full range of activities on the water both or participants and spectators.
The main point of this post though is to report on my experience at the Mainsail Restaurant within the main visitor centre.
I have long wanted to eat there but have been put off by the fact that it is on thefirst floor up several flights of stairs. Taking the bull by the horns I phoned ahead to see if there might be disabled access. I was told that yes, there was a lift and plenty of room for my mobility scooter.
What an undersatement, the facilities were fantastic in every respect. I’d reserved a table when Imade my initial phone calland when I checked in I was shown to a table and told that the member of staff had allocated that particular table to allow me as much room as possible. So very considerate but just a sign of what was to come.
The menu was really extensive ranging from snacks to full hot meals. I’dfirst planned to have a salad, a warm mackeral one which sounded goodbut the,on looking at the menu I found a chicken breast, stuffed with a home made filling. I can’t recall what the ingredients were other than one of them being cream but it was extremely tasty. The chicken was served on a bed of crushed new potatoes and served with seasonal vegetable being carrots, cabbage, broccoli and further new potatoes. The whole meal was cooked to perfection. I didn’t have to wait long for it to be served, just long enough to know it was freshly cooked which is always great. And all that just for £7.95 which I thought extremely reasonable.
My friend has a vegetable hotpot which he assures me wasalso top quality.
I’ve already booked my next visit and look forward to many such visits in the futre.

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