The Yorkshire Life Restaurant of the Year 2014 is somewhere we first visited several years ago, when we were particularly taken with the slow cooked Duck Egg yolk. We have thought about going again several times, but we are mainly lunchtime diners and rarely find ourselves in Beverley when it is open. However, we booked a table for Saturday lunch and went along to sample the four course tasting menu. The menu is not published in advance, nor even when you are sitting in the restaurant, so you simply don't know what will be brought to you next. We happen to like this; it is reminiscent of Guinea Pig nights at Anthony's Restaurant in the Leeds Corn Exchange a few years ago. It also means that I might not be able to remember what was in each of the dishes.
The bread was delightful. Home-made white bread, and home-made Black Treacle soda bread with poppy and other seeds, and home-made butter:
The first course proper was Crab with fennel, in a Crab bisque:
The second course was Hot Belly Pork Terrine with granola and a peanut puree:
The next course was a Roast Loin of Cod, with Feta, Parsley Root puree and a soy reduction:
Finally, the dessert was a some kind of dense Chocolate, with Apricot sorbet and coconut crumb:
We have eaten at all the Michelin starred restaurants in Yorkshire and surrounding areas, and in most of the aspirant restaurants as well. This meal was up with the very best of them in every way. There was a good variety across all the courses, interesting combinations (belly pork goes surprisingly well with granola) and beautiful presentation. The four course tasting menu lunch for two, with a tea and a diet coke was £43. Good value and highly recommended.