“High-impact modern dining in the former headmaster’s house” - AA Inspector
BAINBRIDGE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
PPE is available for staff and guests.
Our Inspector's View
Dating from the dawn of the 17th century, the old Yorebridge grammar school is deeply rooted into this gorgeous location, although the present schoolhouse and headmaster's residence date from around 1850. Today, the trim greystone buildings make a living as a fine country hotel, with the luxuriant Yorkshire Dales unfolding all around, and Yorebridge’s five acres bracketed by the rivers Bain and Ure flowing peacefully by. The public areas and guest rooms have been boutiqued to perfection, while an understated neutral contemporary style fits the bill in the dining room. Dan Shotton and his brigade champion the region’s produce in menus that reflect ambition and a desire to impress via modern British ideas executed with skill and creativity, but without undue complication. The kitchen’s flair for comforting, intuitive flavour combinations is clear from the off, as when chalk stream trout is lifted by crab and the earthy note of beetroot, or when beef carpaccio is teamed with salt-baked kohlrabi and deftly aromatised with truffle. Intense flavours show up in mains too, in well-balanced combinations of, say, Wensleydale pork with carrot and chicory jam, or Nidderdale chicken with morels and purple sprouting broccoli. Likewise, fish is sourced from trusted local suppliers, and might appear in the shape of superb halibut with cauliflower and dashi consommé. Before moving on to dessert, you might consider the outlay on an impressive array of British cheeses to be money well spent, particularly as they include some fine local specimens from Swaledale or the Wensleydale creamery, served with imaginative accompaniments of quince, pickled grapes and lavoche crispbread. The finale might be a virtuoso workout based on luxuriant 72% chocolate accessorised with hazelnut and milk. If you’re an aficionado of rhubarb, you're in the right county, and could find it teaming up with white chocolate in support of a retro ‘Caramac’ parfait.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 35
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 3
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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