The Balmoral, Husthwaite, 24-02-09

Lunch at Balmoral!

Not your common or garden Balmoral but The Balmoral at Husthwaite. Where? I hear you ask. It’s a tiny village twixt Thirsk and York. All ancient stone and pantile roofs. Anyway this is a pub/eatery. Very quiet at lunchtimes but apparently busy evenings and weekends. The menu is typically gastro pub fayre but on the evidence of our beef bourgingone, boreginyon, ‘er stew, it is worth a call. £7.50 tasty and well presented with two cracking herb dumplings

Pat & Tony

Busy, busy week

Well it has certainly been one of those weeks – not had time to do anything than work, eat, drink and sleep. Therefore not much to review on the Troffers front in terms of dining out experiences.

We made up for that with a lovely dinner down at Paul and Carol’s in Calverley. It was very welcome after I spent all of Saturday (and half of Sunday as it turned out) building wardrobes and swearing.

Paul’s no slouch in the kitchen and we were treated to a real feast:

Starter – home made parsnip, chestnut and apple soup served with warmed rolls.

Main – rolled and stuffed shoulder of lamb, slow oven roasted served with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and pan fried balsamic tomatoes.

Desert – home made tarte au citron

Cheese – supplied by the Deanos came from the Cheeseboard in Harrogate – Munster covered in cumin seeds, stilton and an amazingly ripe French Goats cheese.

All in all a fabulously enjoyable evening in great company – as ever the quality of the food was right up there.

Valentines supper at the Singhs

This is a live blog MR DEAN To start we have had Sicilian olives balsamic onions, caper berries, and Manchego cheese. Well the lamb was so mouth watering that Andrew Pern needs to make sure that he still has a job in the morning. Gurdev Singh’s catching you up mate!!

An unexpected invitation to eat with D and G tonight, we have had lamb served on a bed of braised red cabbage(Pudsey Shallots) exceptional, dauphinoise potatoes and broccoli. Are you still awake Deano’s if so we’ll walk on and have a glass or two with you both.

The Star Inn

Just got back from a fantastic lunch at The Star Inn with Julie. Georgia was off skiing and Josh was working so that was all the excuse we needed to head off to snow covered North Yorkshire to Harome.

I think we’re the only ones out of the Troffers who haven’t been to The Star – well we’ve certainly made amends for that I can tell you. I don’t think either of us will need to eat for at least 24 hours after one of the most satisfying lunched for some time.

Although we waited to sit in the bar a table came available in the restaurant so it was to there we adjourned. Lovely vibe and surroundings even if the dining room is a bit whispery and quiet (not a problem, but confidential conversations about embarrassing medical ailments or colleagues’ extra marital affairs are out I’m afraid, everyone will hear you).

On to the food, I couldn’t resist the black pudding and foi gras (huge portion btw) and Julie had Cornish sardines with a local bacon dressing. Maons were tough to choose, but Julie opted for the local lamb which was meltingly slow cooked with beautifully detailed accompaniments and I had Faroe Islands Cod with leek and cockles. All amazing, attention to detail outstanding and wow, the service is quick. There is a well drilled kitchen at the back.

Desserts were looking like a non starter due to the onset of obesity, but we saw sense and Julie had the mini pudding tasters (delish) and I had the blood orange sponge pud (ace). After a couple of coffees we waddled back to the car and headed back to Leeds.

Our lasting impression was that every aspect of the dining experience was of an incredibly high standard. The service was light touch, but experienced and assured. Anthony’s Piazza could do with a couple of these guys there, they were bang on. No real bum notes – price was high but not overly so and the overall quality of the experience was good value. We will return no doubt!


The Feversham Arms and Whitby 8/9-2-09

We had really great weekend last week which started with an impromptu get together at our house(Julie/Phil/Tess/Pat/Tony) for a tapas night. We started with nibbles from Anthony’s which included Olives, Spanish loin of pork pate, caper berries, balsamic onions, black olive and lemon tapenade, chilli garlic, other stuff and fresh baked breads. The plates were various cold hams, sausages courtesy of  Anthony’s but special mention has to go to the acorn fed spanish pig……………deeeelicious! For some reason that morning G had a craving for fresh prawns from Leeds Market(a most excellent fish market) which were cooked with garlic and chilli. D is now well in with The Muffin Man(ask her……..) and managed to get a fresh baked carrot cake with cheese and orange filling. The legendary Anthony’ Fromagerie provided a veritable feast of selected cheeses to name but two, Stinking Bishop and Roquefort. All was washed down some excellent Riojas and Gavi. The lads and Pat did get onto the Cognac later on not too messy.

As per Tony’s virgin blog(a gentle reminder Tony to get your fingers out again and start typing because you’ve still to finish the day) Pat, Tony and ourselves set off to the Feversham Arms. It has to be said that The Fev has been superbly refurbished and extended providing 4 star luxury and we will be back once our wallet allows.

A foggy Fev from our window

Sunday was a late get up due to the morning after the night before syndrome(some suffered more than others(D)). A hearty breakfast and off to Whitby over the foggy and snowy tops was an experience particularly when all of a sudden we were in glorious sunshine, check out the mysterious cloud picture.

Whitby has now some potentially good restarants which will need checking out but an idea for an out of season break(£120per night per room B&B) to the Moon and Sixpence/ Marine is a good bet for our next trip picture below. On the way back we caled in at The Zillah Bell Gallery to view a Norman Ackroyd Etchings Exhibition.

G then went out in Leeds with business associates to watch the once Mighty Leeds beat Millwall at the Sports Cafe then the obligatory curry which was at Akbars, Greek Street, v v good!!

Tuesday was G’s birthday so a family visit to Diva Italiana again not let down.

Wednesday G was in Cheltenham on business overnight and went to the Thai Emerald, food was typically Thai but the wood carved  interior stole the show.

Resting now!!