As promised in my last latest travel review post Low Mill Guest House I’d like to share here my evening at The Wensleydale Heifer Restaurant & Fish Bar. We’d booked in to this award winning restaurant to celebrate me turning a year older (I’m not going to share how old though)!
The Wensleydale Heifer is a boutique hotel and fish restaurant in the village of West Witton in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. This former Coaching Inn is right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The lounge is warm and inviting with its comfy sofas and log burning stove which I would would imagine to be really cosy in winter!
After we were shown to our table we were brought out an amuse bouche; bite sized bread rolls topped with a creamed goats cheese and sun dried tomato cream to enjoy whilst we looked over the menu and wine list. I always raise my expectations of any restaurant which provides any kind of amuse bouche or additional courses as it really sets the tone of a high class restaurant which is proud of their food. Although it does also give me higher expectation of the food. The wine we chose was a crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc to compliment the taste of the fish dishes we had chosen. The restaurant was relatively busy for a Monday evening, which is always a good sign!
Samantha had decided to go for a starter, mainly as she’s a massive fan of goats cheese, (or any kind of cheese for that matter) and saw the Goats cheese fritters, grilled artichokes, cipollini onions, wild rocket and balsamic glaze. The dish was light and the artichokes and onions worked well to cut through the rich goats cheese. However, it was perhaps slightly too acidic and the “pickled onions” alone having enough acidity without the need for the peppers and artichokes to have also been “pickled”. Nevertheless, a clean plate was left, so it must have good!
For the main course Sam chose the Herb crusted Hake fillet with woodland mushroom, Parmesan and bacon risotto, crispy shallots and herb oil. The Combination of these flavours worked really well, it was beautifully cooked and tasted superb. The portion size seemed Being in a highly regarded fish restaurant, I couldn’t resist trying their haddock and chips. The fish was incredibly soft and flaky, just what you’d expect from fresh fresh, although, having tasted how good the herb crusted hake was, I wish I’d of pushed the boat out and tried something similar!
My fish and chips were a generously size portion, I had considered the challenge of going for the ‘Giant’ but after my regular sized haddock filled my plate and more, I’m glad the waitress gave me the heads up! The fact that this place held the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of fish and chips suggests how big the portion would have been.
The dessert menu included a medley of desserts suitable for sharing. Having seen other diners with this impressive selection, I was very tempted as its always my favourite course. However, after the generously sized haddock and chips, I’m not sure I could of managed even half of the 6 different desserts on the platter! In the end I chose my go-to dessert, creme brulee with butter short bread and fresh raspberries and raspberry sorbet The sugar topping was perfectly caramelised and the taste and consistency of the filling was really nice. The generous sized portion meant that there was enough for 2, much to Sam’s delight as she’s also partial to a creme brulee!
The Wensleydale Heifer is a great traditional ‘surf and turf’ restaurant that caters for a wide variety of tastes including vegetarian and vegan menus. Don’t expect to pay pub prices though, they are however, reflective of the quality of the food, the average main course costing circa £20. I would return here to try one of their signatures dishes such as lobster or steak, or both! If you’d like more information or to make a booking check out the Wensleydale Heifer page here