Londoners know this feeling: yeah, you’re all about that London life but it’s so nice getting out of the big smoke and into the countryside every now and again.
Further than zone 6 you say?! No… That can’t be possible… Where are the prets? Does Ubereats deliver out here?
We went to North Yokeshire for a weekend to see our family and we loved the change of scenery. London is known for having some of the best restaurants in the world, but you’ve got to give it to North Yorkshire – it definitely could give some places a run for its money, at a fraction of the price.
On the road running from Pickering to Thorton-le-Dale lies a little country eatery named Cedar Barn. Described as a ‘whatever the weather’ place to visit, we’d have to agree because it was raining when we got there. The award-winning farm shop and cafe has locally sourced food on the menu. For lunch we had a warm home baked quiche of the day with seasonal salad and a generous serving of cooked vegetables, a warm stuffed ciabatta with applewood cheese, chicken and bacon with a side of chunky fries and salad and from the specials board, beef lasagne.
Lots of what the farm shop sells is either home grown or locally-sourced, so we bought some takeaway meals. We had the leek and stilton bake and the sweet potato and butternut squash bake. Both were delicious and this is an excellent idea to take Cedar Barn home with you. We also bought some Yorkshire honey to take with us.
On the second day of our weekend away, we went to Raven Hall in Ravenscar. Set in North York Moors National Park and overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, this upscale hotel in an 18th-century Victorian building was the perfect setting for Sunday lunch. Our table was sat right next to huge bay windows, which overlooked the gardens. This is an excellent place for people watching, as we enjoyed watching a young couple play croquet in the sunshine. It’s so far removed from London – truly idyllic.
For starters I had the country style chicken liver pate served on a tomato and apple chutney and a balsamic dressed salad. For main we had the baked goats cheese, vegetable, and nut slice served with a vegetable gravy sauce and a selection of vegetables, potatoes and a yorkshire pudding. I found the goats cheese very rich, making it a bit difficult to finish but overall it was lovely. A proper Yorkshire Sunday roast. For dessert we had the glazed orange creme brulee served with homemade biscuits, and a selection of real dairy ice creams from Eskdale Pastures Dairy. The price for the three courses blew us away, 3 courses for £18.50! You can dine like a king here.
Last, but not least, we went for Afternoon Tea at Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour. Yes, that’s afternoon tea in an actual post office! The tea parlour is set in the picturesque village of Middleton, just outside of Pickering.
When we walked in, it felt like we had stepped back to the 1940s. The place is full of kitch crockery that would make the Queen proud, dolees, lace, vintage china – the works. The decor of the place is quintessentially British and really resounds with the authentic 1940s feel it’s going for. The food was excellent and served beautifully; we were served ham, cucumber and egg mayo sandwiches with a course of cakes, homemade scones and meringues to follow. All of this was for the grand price of £10.50 per person.
So, another good food weekend was had by @ldn_eats. We drank, ate, slept and wandered around North Yorkshire’s rolling hills and villages to our heart’s content. And, when we stepped off the train at King’s Cross and got back onto the tube, we sighed a little but were comforted by the fact we’d had an unforgettable weekend.
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