After a break of nearly two years we were looking forward to a night at the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton. The place is an old coach house converted into a “Restaurant with rooms”, the atmosphere is very relaxed and The Lad is made welcome. The WH holds the Guiness Book of Records record for the largest serving of it’s signature dish….. Fish and Chips, a 40lb halibut fillet and 60lb of chips were fried in a specially made fryer and fed to 250 eager guests. The seafood is as good as you will get except for the very top end fine dining restaurants. We went with a couple of friends who are global foodies and the comment of ” I could actually happily order any dish on the extensive menu” speaks for itself. The menu is changed weekly and there is usually several specials on offer.
We arrived at 2 ish after a lovely walk around the magnificent Aysgarth falls which are a 5 minute drive away. The ladies were peckish so they shared a couple of sandwiches, cheese and tomato and a BLT both made with fresh crusty bread and were thoroughly enjoyed. G had his customary two pints of Black Sheep bitter which he says is kept perfectly.
After a relaxing afternoon sat in the lounge followed by a stroll with The Lad and a snooze we were ready for dinner. I skipped the starters, our friends shared crispy duck rolls which were very good and G had 6 Irish oysters that were meaty, delicate “a gift from god” (pretentious Mr S)
Mains were, simply grilled half lobster with garlic butter, Catherine had sea bass and parmesan risotto, both dishes were very good. Linda and G went for a spectacular seafood platter of lobster, scallops, prawns, oysters and snow crab claws which was amazing.
A plate of 4 local cheeses for 1 was enough for all of us after all that food. 3 bottles of house Sauvignon Blanc complimented the fish well.
Breakfast is a good choice of cereals, fruit, yogurts, fresh juice, kippers up to a full English but you do need to be very hungry.
Most of the rooms in the coach house have had a refurb and are comfortable and well presented although the rooms above the kitchen area can be a bit noisy and have a lingering smell of food, they have air con installed but I prefer to have an open window..deluxe rooms in the new building include themes such as A night at the Movies, Champagne and True romantics.
We left well fed and relaxed…..We are visiting again in 4 weeks time but will need to diet and take long walks first. http://www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk