AS the years go by, my circle of school friends is added to by toddlers, newborns, baby bumps and buggies.
So when we do lunch en masse we need to find somewhere that suits everyone.
Millers Inn in Fulwell, part of The Harvester chain, fits that bill to a tee.
Flanked by the former quarry site and the American Golf driving range, it occupies a large site with oodles of parking.
Eating here is an informal affair so, though the place was pretty busy on this Saturday afternoon, there was no need to book as staff were still able to accommodate our large mixed group of adults and kids.
Though the food choices are a mixture of basics and classics, the menu is pretty comprehensive.
As I’m “supposed” to be on a diet, I found the calorie content printed next to each dish particularly useful.
For the vegetarians, there’s also plenty of options branded with a big green V.
The concept of the menu is to order from the grill, sauce and sides section before you head off to fill your boots at the salad bar.
The latter is an eat-all-you-can affair so you can go back for more platefuls of pasta, salad, bread and more should you so wish.
Our main meals seemed to take an age to be served so the salad bar was a quick way to stave off our hunger pangs.
The grill menu is divided into combos, ribs, steaks, burgers, chicken, fish and grills. You can expect choices such as 8oz lamb leg steak, salsa and jalapeño burger and piri piri chicken skewers.
In a bid to be relatively healthy, I ordered the grilled salmon fillet with green beans which came in under 400 calories and under £10.
Indeed, most main meals come under this reasonable price tag.
There was a choice of three sauces for fish and I chose well with the parsley with crème fraiche, which complemented the salmon perfectly.
For your pennies you get a generous portion and I struggled to finish my main and side: basmati rice.
Pudding lovers won’t be disappointed by the dessert menu which boasts an extensive list of sundaes and other sweet treats.