The Pine Martin, Harrogate. 28/4/09

I had a working lunch at  The Pine Martin with a couple of business colleagues, as we entered the car park the sign stated “Country Pub and Eating House” which picked my curiosity. The building is quite stately outside and inside there were quite a few rooms with open entrance to each other thereby making a big place still feel contemporary snug. Wooden floors and stylish furniture meant a relaxed feel. Between the three of us we decided to share a combination of nibbles, starters and one main. Dishes were, antipasto, baked Camembert, crusty squid, goats cheese and spit chicken. Everything had EXCELLENT accompaniments but particular mention must go to the best balsamic onions I’ve ever tasted!

We had water and one bottle of wine which was Trinity Hill(New Zealand), the same wine I had at Bleeding Heart in the City BUT where we paid £75 for a bottle it was £24 in Harrogate……….

A good find so if in Harrogate I would recommend a visit.


Anthony’s yet again

Although not reviewed last week (it was more about cheese I seem to recall) our lunch at Anthony’s was extremely good. Main courses of sirloin steak and Chorizo risotto were particularly noteworthy, as were the deep fried whitebait nibbles.

They’ve listened on the chips too – these were definitely twice fried and were absolutely stunning (as much as chips can be!)

Here’s a few pics…




Ping Pong

Me and the the boy were down in London for a day of meetings (for me), coursework (for him) and evening of music with British Sea Power at the BFI (both of us). Late afternoon our hunger got the better of us and as we were on the Southbank, we opted for a cool looking Dim Sum place called Ping Pong.

A very well priced set lunch menu (£11 each for 3 courses) was extremely good with quick service turned into a very agreeable way to spend an hour or so. On top of this we could sit outside and watch the world (and Eddie Izzard as it happens) go by.


Harvey Nichols Victoria Qtr cafe.


Sunday brunch was a treat, the Lishman’s bacon and tomato muffin was fantastic. Rob had a full English with duck egg and Jen opted for the Lishman’s sausage bap…..give it a go, they cook on a grill in the cafe…I don’t know how anyone can resist…Surprise…..G resisted temptation as we had plenty of goodies we had purchased at Anthony’s a day earlier.

A very pleasant afternoon was spent in the garden with a good bottle of Rioja and Pinot Grigio…

D and G.

Perfect Sunday afternoon

J and I spent a lovely afternoon on Sunday walking around the valley with the central point being a couple of lovely pints at Tong. Finishing off with a fabulous shoulder of pork bought from the farm shop in Tong (free range chickens on offer there too).

There aren’t many of us fellas that won’t find this pic a sheer joy: beer, outdoors, cricket pitch, sunshine.



Thought it would be a good idea to be poncy and use the french when describing the cheese we bought from Anthony’s at the weekend – even though one of them was Spanish.

At the risk of the blog becoming the Anthony’s show, I couldn’t resist putting the cheese on there as it was sooo good. 

There was a lovely ripe Picos Blue, a beautifully subtle Banon and a quite full on Gevry Chambertain (which had rich Bovril notes believe it or not). And on top of that, D brought a fabulous Camembert which we cooked in the fire and dipped fresh bread into.

Happy days!