Don’t you think Sunday’s are just made for chilling out and Roast Dinners? You may have
read my review of an amazing Sunday lunch at the The Refectory in York. A few weeks ago, Sam and I were looking for a local restaurant that served a home cooked Sunday Roast dinner. The Beehive in the picturesque village of Thorner seemed like the ideal choice, only being 5 minutes drive away from home. With it being quite late in the evening, we were unsure whether they’d still be serving food, but we’d needn’t of worried, as they serving until 8pm.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were shown to a table in a cosy looking room in the restaurant, where there was only a couple of other diners in, it was quite late in the day after all! We ordered some drinks and looked over the menu.
For starter, Samantha chose Beetroot and fennel cured Salmon with Goats cheese mousse and salad. Initially, I thought I’d just have a main and a dessert, after seeing how good the Goat’s cheese moose looked, I decided I needed a starter too!
My first choice would of been Chicken Liver Pate, which unfortunately they’d run out of, so I opted for the oven baked flat breads with home made red pepper and chilli hummus and crunchy coleslaw. I tried the Goat’s cheese mousse for review purposes, let me tell you it was absolutely divine! The cured Salmon was equally impressive, especially for someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Salmon. I thought the portion size was ideal for a starter.
I thought the portion size was a little on the large side for a starter, especially the 4 flat breads and generous sized coleslaw that came with it, The hummus was delicious, perhaps maybe a little thin in texture, but this didn’t take anything away from the taste. The red pepper wasn’t too overpowering and worked well with the chilli.
For main course, Sam chose the slow cooked belly pork and I couldn’t resist trying the Roast topside of beef. Both came served with roast potatoes, large Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and home made gravy.
The pork belly was presented well and seemed to be appropriately sized. I tried the pork belly for review purposes, it was tasty and well cooked. However, for me is a little too fatty and fiddly to eat.
My first impressions of the fillet of roast beef were good, it was presented well and came with a good mix of seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes. The beef was cooked beautifully, being pink in the middle, for me, the only way for fillet of beef! The waiting staff checked to see if this was ok with me when I ordered, which I thought was a nice touch as not everyone likes meat served pink.
The staff were also quite knowledgeable about where the ingredients were sourced from when asked about the beef, which I think is great as it shows the staff are passionate about the menu.
The mix of seasonal vegetables was good, I particularly liked the sharpness of the red cabbage. The roast potatoes were soft and fluffy in the middle, but, unfortunately lacked crispiness on the outside. The Yorkshire pudding was a bit too hard and over cooked. The home made gravy was very tasty, you could really taste the rich meat flavours of the meat.
Having a sweet tooth and being a big fan of desserts, I couldn’t resist trying their chocolate orange terrine. The presentation of the dish was quite simple, but worked well.
The rich chocolate orange terrine was the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers like me. The sourness of the berries was a perfect combination for the sweetness of the chocolate. Perhaps vanilla instead of chocolate ice cream would of been more suited or even fresh cream, nevertheless a great dessert!
On the whole, I really enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Beehive. I liked how they try to use all locally sourced ingredients. The staff were attentive, polite and knowledgeable about the menu. All courses were well presented and overall tasted good. You can have a choice of either one, two or three courses priced at £10.95, £15.95 and £18.95 respectively. I thought the three course options is reasonable value for money. I would certainly recommend The Beehive if you’re looking for a nice hearty home cooked Sunday lunch. I’d love to return in the summer to dine Al Fresco on their outdoor seating area which overlooks the Thorner countryside. Check out The Beehive for more information or to make a booking.
Have you been to the Beehive or have a recommendation for Sunday lunch? Leave me a comment below.