Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Burlington Restaurant, Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

Please accept our apologies for the lack of postings recently. Mary has just had a hip replacement and, as she is the driver, we have not been dining out at interesting places for a while. She is now fully recovered and getting back on the road, so for her birthday meal this year we went to the one remaining michelin-starred restaurant in Yorkshire that we had not yet visited.

It was a beautiful summer Sunday. The sky was blue with fluffy clouds. The scene was set for a memorable lunch. We were shown through the beautiful dining rooms to the well-appointed conservatory where we were served the following things:

Amuse Bouche: Mustard Ice Cream with Pea Veloute 
Starter: Piglet - Belly pork with Girolles and Peas
Starter: Cauliflower Veloute with Goats Cheese BonBons

Main: Hebridean Lamb with Sweetbreads, Olive Tapenade Gnocchi and Broccoli Puree
Main: Fallow Deer with White Asparagus, Black Pudding Puree and Lovage

Pre-Dessert: Blood Orange Foam, Rhubarb Granita and Vanilla Pannacotta

Dessert: Chocolate Mayhem with Peanut, Caramel and Lime
Burnt Cream with Strawberry Sorbet and Mixed Berries
Petit Fours
You can see what we had. After our last Michelin excursion to Glyn Purnell's I had perhaps slightly lowered my expectations. I need not have worried. We both agreed that this was one of the very best meals we had ever had. Every single mouthful, without exception, was a delight. All the flavours were well defined and intense, everything was cooked perfectly, and served with genuine warmth. It could not possibly have been better. 

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