Yet another visit to one of our all time favourites. Michelin Star awarded 2003 -08, Egon Ronay top 25 UK restaurant 2006, Good Food Guide UK restaurant of the year 2007/08, Sunday Times best game restaurant 2007 these are the top awards the Yorke Arms web site displays with pride. Do these awards reflect the Yorke Arms experience … most definitely.
We have dined several times before and each time we have had a truly memorable experience. On this occasion we were celebrating a mid-life birthday milestone with myself, Linda and our daughter Charlotte. Our other daughter Jess was busy falling off boats on the Norfolk broads.
A reception in the welcoming lounge brought pre luncheon drinks and a cheese muffin nibble from the kitchen to peruse the menu and relax after a relatively long drive. A recommendation for the Whitby crab, Advocado, Salmon Mid Cuit, Pickled Vegetables and Potage of Mussels appetiser sounded too good to miss and was the unanimous choice for us all to start the luncheon. We each ordered a different main course … more later.
Once seated at our table in the main dining room we were presented with our ‘Amuse Bouche’ from the kitchen which was a combination taster of Beetroot Caviar and a Sicilian Cheesecake. A basket of home baked mini bread rolls were also brought and left at the table. We were taking wine by the glass and with the appetiser opted for an excellent South African Chenin Blanc and French ‘Oaked’ Chardonnay both from the house selection. The Crab appetiser followed as previously described, the textures and flavours were extraordinary.
For the main course I chose the Sirloin of Nidderdale Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, with Roast Potatoes and Vegetables which although predictable for Sunday lunch was an old favourite accompanied by a glass of the house selection Shiraz. Linda chose the Shin of Nidderdale Veal, Ravioli, Wild Mushroom and Chicken Sausage which was declared the ‘No. 1 Choice’ by Linda after tasting my beef and Charlotte’s main course. Charlotte tried the Honeyed Quail, Morel, Pea Puree and Roast Veal Kidney combination which again was enjoyed greatly.
Desert for me and Linda was Lemon Meringue, Verbena Mint Tea and a Pistachio Sorbet accompanied by a Black Elysium desert wine which finished an excellent dining experience. Charlotte chose ‘A plate of Chocolate Deserts’ and then we returned to the lounge for coffee and ‘Petit Fours’.
To summarise our afternoon we chatted to a couple in the lounge who had travelled from Nottingham for their Sunday lunch and this made our journey tiny by comparison but highlighted the efforts people make to experience and enjoy the delights of the Yorke Arms.
Yorkshire now has five Michelin starred restaurants. Those awards at the beginning are presented for good, … very good reason.
J,L & C.