This year for our anniversary we stayed at The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale. An opportunity to walk in beautiful Nidderdale before enjoying food and wine and an overnight stay. I would highly recommend it. Everything about The Yorke Arms was outstanding; the location, the room ( I say room, more like a small house as it had a downstairs living room), the hospitality and the food.
We started our evening with a champagne classic sitting outside in the evening sun. The setting couldn’t have been any more perfect. The cocktail was accompanied by the most beautiful ‘snacks’ of cheese straws, hummus on brioche, ham hock terrine with gazpacho jelly and tapioca with squid ink, salmon, salmon mousse and caviar.
We then returned inside for our meal, a three course meal from the A La Carte menu, included in our stay.
The amuse bouche of lemon verbena jelly with artichoke was a real highlight of the meal for me. Simple in presentation and packed with flavour.
For starter I had truffled scallop, Whitby crab, cucumber. Some of my favourite things on one plate.
Mr Frivolitea had smoked rabbit, truffled press, radish, buckwheat, wasabi.
For main I chose the fish dish unsurprisingly. Turbot, stuffed courgette flower, tagliatelle, tomato & beetroot reduction. The reduction was particularly stunning and I loved everything about this dish, the flavour, choice of ingredients and the presentation.
Mr Frivolitea chose saddle of venison, hedgerow raspberries, black sausage, artichoke. Not the best photo and not the best looking dish but Mr Frivolitea loved everything about it.
For dessert I had lime leaf ice cream, pineapple, toasted coconut, nougatine. Wonderfully refreshing at the end of the meal.
Mr Frivolitea had what I think was the most beautiful looking dish of the evening. Yorkshire peach and curd tart, nasturtium and peach mousse, English cherry.
What I particularly love about the style of food at The Yorke arms is its seasonality and allowing the produce to shine. Much of the vegetables, fruit and garnishes come from the beautiful Kitchen Garden of the restaurant.
The care and attention in everyone of our dishes was clear to see. I couldn’t fault it. The Yorke Arms wins for me in every way and I can’t wait to return.