You may have caught my recent post of my stay at North Star Club in the Yorkshire Wolds, as promised, here I’d like to share my thoughts on our visit to the Aldwark Arms. It’s a country village pub which we visited on our way there. If you’ve been keeping up to date with my blog, you may think I have a thing for Sunday lunches, well you’d be right! But who doesn’t love a traditional Sunday Roast, especially one that they’ve not had to cook?
Aldwark Arms is tucked away in the small village of Aldwark near Alne in York. We’d come across this pub after searching for somewhere nice, but affordable to eat before our trip to the Yorkshire Wolds. On arrival, we were shown to our seats in the airy, but cosy conservatory dining room. There were only a handful of other diners in when we arrived. The waitress took or drinks orders whilst we looked over the menu, I went for a local pale ale and Sam had a glass of Sauvingnon Blanc.
For starter, Sam couldn’t resist a twist on one of her favourites, Black Pudding Fritters served with home made apple and cider sauce, £5.50. I chose the slightly unusual Indian Spiced Scotch Egg which was served with red onion, cucumber and tomato salad, mango chutney and raita, £6.50.
My first thoughts on the black pudding were that it was well presented, although it did seem quite a lot for one person as a starter course. The black pudding fritters were good and the sweetness of the apple sauce was a nice accompaniment. My only criticism being the batter made them a bit too greasy and took the shine off the black pudding.
I thought the Spiced Scotch egg looked an ideal size for a starter. The light spiciness gave the egg a nice little kick. It was cooked well, with the egg yolk being soft and slightly runny in the middle. The mango chutney and cool, fresh raita were a nice side to the dish. It was great twist on a old classic, I’d definitely made the right choice.
For mains, what else would I go for but the traditional Sunday roast? I chose the beef which was served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables (£12.95). Sam chose the slightly different main of pain fried fillet of wild Halibut served with fragrant pilau rice, pumpkin puree, wilted spinach and a Yorkshire vinaigrette (£15.75)
I thought the roast was presented well and looked to be a good balance of beef, roast potatoes and vegetables. I quite liked how you got your own gravy boat, perfect if you like lashings of gravy like me!
The beef was tasty, but for me was perhaps a little too well done, it would of been better slightly pink in the middle to make it more tender. Although the roast potatoes were nice and soft in the middle, they didn’t have a crispy coating. This seems to be the case with a few Sunday lunches I’ve had at restaurants/pubs recently.
The home made Yorkshire pudding was perfectly cooked and the gravy was rich and tasty, my only slight criticism, being it could have been slightly thicker in consistency.
The Halibut came presented well and looked to be about the right size for a main dish. Of course, I tried it for review purposes. I’ve not always been a big fan of fresh fish dishes, but I’ve been really impressed with some I’ve tried recently and this was no exception.
The fillet was cooked well and perfectly soft and flaky. The fragrant pilau rice was a good match and the Pumpkin puree added a nice amount of sweetness to the dish.
After indulging in both a starter and main course, we were close to feeling full. Luckily for us or more so for me, they did ‘mini puds’ (£3.25 each or £5.25 for two). I chose the Cobbled Snicket, which was their take on the well known Rocky Road. Sam went for the Lemon and Lime Cheescake.
Both were ideal portion sizes, if like us you couldn’t quite manage a full dessert. I love a sweet treat to round off a meal, especially one involving chocolate! The rocky road was about the right mix biscuit, chocolate and marshmallow. It did make for quite doffcult eating, trying to cut it up with the little tea spoon!
I had to help Sam out with her cheese cake, I wasn’t complaining! Although, I thought the citrus flavour was just a bit too intense. The fresh fruit it came served with was a nice addition, especially the sharp blueberries that paired well with the creaminess of the cheese cake.
The Aldwark Arms offer a good variety of hearty home cooked dishes, that’s just what you want want from a local pub, right? I’d be quite happy to have this is as my local! At circa £23 for 3 courses, I thought it was reasonable value for money. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the York area, I’d certainly recommend giving it a try.
Have you visited somewhere for Sunday lunch? Where did you go and how was it? Drop me a comment below.