In this age of austerity, we’re always looking to get our money’s worth. Not only do you want more for your pound, but you want every penny to bring something memorable that lasts.
Nestling by the riverside marina in the lovely and sleepy village of Torksey, lies The Wheelhouse.
A stronesthrow away from The Torksey Tea Rooms and a short walk from The Hume Arms, it seemed inplausible that such a such a small village could contain yet another culinary gem.
But if the rumours and the reputation of The Wheelhouse were anything to go by, I would swiftly be proved wrong.
And yes, reader, I couldn’t have been any more wrong. The Wheelhouse is a warm and homely environment. It feels like you’ve been welcomed into someone’s dining room, with nick-nacks, paintings and model boats giving the dining area an authentic antiquity and familiar charm. As families laughed and chatted and couple quietly caught up, it became apparent that The Wheelhouse is perfect for both those large group bookings and for those more intimate rendez-vous.
The service is truly second to none. From the moment we stepped through the door we were made to feel like regulars through friendly banter and relentless but non-obtrusive dedication to ensuring that our every need was seen to. Being presented with a small bowl of ready salted crisps was an unusual but welcome touch, but it certainly kept hunger at bay during our short wait for service.
Perusing the menu consisting of fresh and local ingredients, we opted for a starter while we considered our main courses for a while longer.
We wondered if sharing the pâté between us would be enough to go around, but they provided more than enough creamy, light and flavoursome pâté to spread on toast with some to spare.
My friend ordered the fish and chips for a main and was presented with a plaice the size of a whale and an overwhelming amount of chunky chips of peas. She assures me that it was one of the finest pieces of fish she’s ever had. Similarly, my rump steak was enormous and cooked to perfection, and the peppercorn sauce had an almighty kick and was definitely made the way it should be. It felt criminal to leave so much excellent food on my plate but I was defeated by the size of the portion.
So, if you want your money to go that little bit further for a truly incredible and unforgettable meal out, then visit The Wheelhouse in Torksey Lock – where your pound buys nothing less than perfection.
By Andrew Trendell