I don’t know about you but I love to dine out especially when its sunny and warm. So when an invite landed in my inbox a few weeks ago to check out The Clevedon in Ben Rhydding I obviously jumped at the chance! I admit I didn’t have a clue where Ben Rhydding even was! A short half an hour scenic drive from Leeds takes you to a small village tucked away in the hills in Ilkley.
As it was nice warm evening we decided to sit outside on the terrace. There was plenty of time to admire the stunning far reaching views over the Wharfe valley whilst we looked over the menu and nibbled on some fresh bread and olives. You just cant beat bread dipped in olive oil/balsamic vinegar right? On first glance, the menu did seem a bit limited in terms of choice, but that can be a good thing as it allows them to focus on the quality of the dishes offered.
Fried cornish crab claw meat, watercress yoghurt, chilli mango, spring onion. £7.50
They definitely tried to create the wow factor with the presentation! The crab was really fresh and balanced well with the watercress yoghurt and sweetness of the chilli mango. I thought the portion size was about right for a starter.
Heritage carrot & beetroot salad, avocado homous, honey dressing, toasted sunflower seeds. £6.95
If there was a prize for making a simple beetroot and carrot salad look appealing this one would be up there! But it only had 2 main ingredients, for me, it was a little bit too bland.
Spring Yorkshire lamb rump, wild garlic croquette, slow cooked shoulder press, redcurrant. £17.50
The presentation of the dish was good. The lamb was a bit on the well done side, I’d asked for it medium rare as I prefer meat when its pink and tender. It was really tasty cut of meat. The shoulder press was full of flavour, although I wasn’t sure about the sweetish tasting cake that sat on top, it just didn’t work for me. The home made gravy was delicious and rich and was the perfect accompaniment to the lamb.
Chicken kiev, Ballentine, heritage cherry tomato & red onion marmalade salad. £12.95
The chicken kiev came well presented and was probably one of the best chicken kiev I’ve tasted! I did think the portion size was perhaps a bit on the small side for a main and maybe could of done with some other parts to the dish other than a salad. Good job there was a choice of sides to choose from!
How can anyone resist triple cooked chips when they’re on the menu? And they didn’t disappoint.. they were amazingly good! Especially with that special gravy!
Raspberry & cardamon mouse, raspberry sorbet, white chocolate pastry £7
As if I was going to pass on my favourite course! The raspberry & cardamon mouse was a very generous portion size, not that I was complaining at all! The raspberries were probably the biggest I’ve seen and were really sweet and juicy. The mouse was well balanced and the cardamon not too over powering.
Deep filled lemon tart, citrus syrup, vanilla bean ice cream £6.50
I’m not the biggest fan of lemon in desserts, but this lemon tart wasn’t half bad! I’m not sure if I’d of been able to finish it all with the deep fried samosa as well!
I would recommend giving The Clevedon a try if you haven’t already been, its a bit of a hidden gem! Its open for lunch Monday to Thursday 12-6.30pm, Dinner Friday & Saturday 6-8pm and Sunday lunch 12-3pm.