This 18th century coaching inn is a popular lunchtime stopover for those wishing a break from their journey on the A1, as well as being a top-quality neighbourhood restaurant in its own right. It's run by the Topham family, with John enthusiastically working the stoves. They are proud of the fact that as much as possible is sourced within 20 miles of the restaurant.
The Tarleton Restaurant, converted from stables, is their main dining area, but you can also eat informally in the Bar/Brasserie.
Expect to find the likes of 'Nidderdale Smoked Salmon with a Red Pepper and Chili Ice Cream'; 'Ham Hock and Foie Gras Terrine with Cumberland Sauce' and 'Home-Cured Bresaola with Rocket and Parmesan' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Roast Suckling Pig Loin'; 'Seared Pan-Fried Halibut on a Saffron Risotto' and 'Roast Rump of Lamb with Grilled Italian Vegetables' among the mains.
Like the rest of the menu, desserts are seasonal, but you might finish with 'Dark Chocolate Timbale'; 'Rhubarb Trio of Crème Brûlée, Crumble and Compote' or 'Treacle Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream'.
A less ambitious menu, including the likes of Open Sandwiches and Thai Crab Cakes is offered in the Bar/Brasserie.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; set L £15 (2 courses), £18.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £22.95; mains about £13 to £28. A Bar Menu is available all week
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.30; set D £15 (2 courses), £18.50 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £28. A Bar Menu is available all week
- Seats: 110, plus 70 outside
- Wine: a good list kicks off with various house wines at around £19
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Harrogate
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the A1 at junction 48,then the A6055 towards Knaresborough. After about 4 miles you reach Ferrensby the inn is on the right.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available