Eating out in style
Squidbeak will never tire of Yorkshire’s east coast fish and chips, abundant and invariably excellent, but there’s a whole lot of other interesting restaurants to discover. Here are a few of their favourites:
We’ve been going to the Fox and Hounds in the tucked-away hamlet of Goldsborough (T: 01947 893372) since they opened in 2004 and in all that time chef Jason Davies has never put a foot wrong. With just three choices at each course his cooking is deceptively simple but his superb ingredients and instinct for flavour combinations have us returning time and again.
The Bridge Cottage Bistro (T: 01947 893428) at Sandsend is a pretty whitewashed cottage in a lavender filled garden. Drop in for tea and cake or save yourself for lunch or dinner where the menu sings with the likes of hake with pancetta or Scarborough Woof with cockle and barley risotto. Thursday offers a bargain £15 chef’s menu, Friday night is fish night and on Sunday it’s a slow roast.
A favourite moorland pub is The Wheatsheaf at Egton (01947 895271). It has a large dining room, but we like bagging a table in the snug little bar where a fire burns in the Yorkshire range and there is Timothy Taylor’s Landlord on draught and some good red wine. Daily specials often feature game or fish (this is fishing and shooting country) or from the à la carte, chicken and smoked bacon pie or a retro beef stroganoff with cream and brandy to warm your cockles.
The glitzy Marine (01947 605022) in Whitby couldn’t be more different. Here you can eat extravagantly on Lindisfarne oysters, caviar and champagne or lobster in garlic butter. Or try soft shell crab. There are humbler dishes, too, such as fish pie and we love their crab linguine.
Coming soon to Whitby: The Star Inn The Harbour, where Michelin-starred chef and local lad Andrew Pern is due to open in the former tourist information centre.
SquidBeak are Jill Turton and Mandy Wragg, food journalists who share the Yorkshire Post’s weekly restaurant review column as well as leading a secret life as restaurant inspectors for national food guides. You can also follow SquidBeak on Twitter.