Find this excellent restaurant/hotel, formerly a coaching inn, in a 'private' village belonging to the Ripley castle estate. Oil paintings and furniture from the castle create a country house feel. While the visiting diner, has the choice of the restaurant or a bistro (offering slightly less ambitious dishes) from which to choose. Here we deal with the former.
The menus closely follow the seasons, but starters such as 'Rillette of Duck Confit with Toasted Brioche'; 'Sweet Vine Tomatoes, Stuffed with Fromage Frais and Poached Quails' Eggs' and 'Pan-Fried Noisette of Monkfish with Sweet Potatoes in a light Curry Oil' set the style.
Maybe to be followed by 'Pan-Fried Red Mullet with Saffron Mash and Tapenade'; 'Noisette of Lamb, with a Tartlet of Lamb Shank and Leek, Horseradish and Rosemary Jus' or 'Ballotine of Corn Fed Chicken Supreme with a Truffle Mousseline and Perigourdine Sauce'.
If you still have room, and again depending on the season - you might be tempted by 'Gratin of Sautéed Strawberries and Orange Segments'; 'Trio of Belgian Chocolate' or their selection of British farmhouse Cheeses, served with Quince Jelly.
A stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms would allow you to enjoy their excellent wine list to the full.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30; Sun 9.00-20.00; mains about £13 to £18
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 19.00-21.00; Fri & Sat 19.00-21.00; mains about £13 to £18
- Seats: 60, plus 60 outside
- Wine: a good list, is particularly strong on France, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Harrogate Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Check Christmas openings
- Rooms available