Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Black Swan, Oldstead

This pub/restaurant is in delightful countryside, 55 miles from Castleford, somewhere near Thirsk, down quite a narrow lane for the last couple of miles past Kilburn. You'll need your sat nav, but it is worth the trip. We've never had food more beautifully presented in a pub, which I hope you will see from the photographs. It has been recognised by Michelin as a "rising one star" so it could be the next Yorkshire pub to get its own star.

I had the smoked salmon platter to start, Mary had the Goats Cheese:

For mains, as usual, I had the beef, Mary had the Pork:

For dessert, I was intrigued by the idea of peanut butter ice cream with a brownie, while Mary had the Pear cheesecake:

You probably have a really good idea what all of these dishes taste like. The high points were the superb pork, the smoked salmon was deliciously smokey (oak?) and plentiful, and the peanut brittle with my dessert was exquisite. Only one low point really - the pear cheesecake was one of the prettiest plates we've ever seen, but the contents, while delicious, were very light, not really like a cheesecake at all.

It was overall a very, very good lunch, and I left fuller than I have been for a long time. Two pots of tea, a coffee and a pint of (excellent) Black Sheep bitter - £66.

Update October 8, 2010: This pub won the AA Rosette as Pub of the Year (England) for 2010, announced in September.

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