My choice for a birthday meal this year was made after reading the top 100 restaurants supplement in the Sunday Times. This was number 4 in the top 10 Yorkshire venues - the highest rated one we hadn't already visited.
Swinton Park is possibly the grandest place I have ever been for a meal. It feels palatial in scale and for that alone is worth a visit.
We had the three course lunch:
Here's what we had:
Amuse bouche - Leek and Potato Veloute with Crispy Pancetta
Mary had Goat's Cheese
I had the Scallops to start
Mary went for the Squash main course
I had the Venison - possibly one of the most colourful main courses ever
Mary had the Apple dessert
I had the Almond and Vanilla - unfortunately overpowered by nutmeg. It was horrible. I left half of it.
Except for my almond dessert this was a wonderful meal. The service was excellent, the morning room where we sat before and after was a uniquely grand and comfortable room, and the surroundings in general made the event feel special.
With a cup of tea, an excellent pint of Black Sheep bitter, two coffees and petit fours, it came to £67. We both enjoyed it very much and will go again.