You might of seen my recent post, 10 restaurants I’d like to visit in 2017 in which I mentioned I’d be so happy if I came close to visiting them all! Number 3 on that list is Ye Old Sun Inn, near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. It came on my radar after I saw it listed in a best restaurants in Yorkshire article on Country life.
Not only is this a multi award winning pub it also stood out to me as it runs cookery demonstrations and classes. They even have their very own mini in-pub deli where you can buy all sorts of items including their home made ice cream and chocolate! I was intrigued to find out more so last Sunday afternoon we decided to make a visit. We managed to book a table late that afternoon (not like us)… and arrived just after 4pm.
Our drinks orders were taken in the bar area, a bitter shandy for me and a glass of Sauvignon blanc for Sam. We were shown through to a cosy little dining area, found just through the bar. It had a really nice rustic feel to it with the wood beams and exposed brick walls, a real timely setting.
We were brought some home made bread and butter whilst we looked over the menu; roasted fennel and also granary. The butter was a choice between unsalted and black pepper and sea salt.
The roasted fennel bread had a interesting unique flavour, but for me the granary was the tastiest out of the two. This paired well with the sea salt and black pepper butter, I couldn’t help but spread a liberal amount on!
Unfortunately (for me) they’d stopped serving Sunday lunch at 4! I was really looking forward to trying their roast beef Sunday dinner as well.
Neither of us really fancied a starter so we went straight to the main courses (I did have one eye on the amazing sounding dessert menu). Sam went for the Pan fried hake fillet with macaroni cheese studded with Harrogate blue in a cream sauce, Parmesan crisp and crisp leaks, £13 and a side of mash. I chose the trio of local sausages served with classic mash, sauteed onions, rich gravy and garden vegetables, £10.
I thought the dish came nicely presented. The hake was cooked well and was soft, flaky and crumbled apart in the mouth. Sam did comment that she thought the dish was slightly unbalanced due to the amount of macaroni cheese that came with it.
Considering the hake was the main part of the dish, the portion size of the macorni cheese was just a little too big. The parmesan crisp and crispy leaks added some interesting texture and different flavours to the plate.
My first thoughts on my main were the portion sizes were extremely generous. Even for me, who has quite a big appetite! I suppose a ‘duo of sausages’ just wouldn’t work!
For me, the sausages were really enjoyable and full of flavour. The quality of meat shone through. The gravy was rich and delicious, the perfect accompaniment. Think good hearty seasonal pub food!
My trio of sausages also came with a side of hand cut thick chips, even though it did seem a lot with the mash as well. They were seasoned well, and tasted delicious, I’d say they were some of the best proper thick cut chips I’ve tried… Even better than my Mum’s (But shhhh don’t tell her)!
After having seen selection of desserts available, I did hope I’d have room for one. But sadly I’d been defeated by the main course. Overall, I did enjoy eating at the Ye Old Sun Inn and would love to go back an try out their Sunday lunch and maybe one of their desserts too! (if I could manage one) You can check out their site here for more information or to make a reservation.