On a cold winter’s evening, the cosy log fires that greeted us at Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor were a welcome sight.
Within minutes of arriving we were checked in and settled into our fabulous room.
There is only one word to describe the room - amazing. Decorated in muted calming tones there was a comfy double bed, two chairs, a flat screen tv and tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom was kitted out with a huge shower and a fantastic double ended free standing bath.
After settling in we headed down to the bar for a drink. I had a glass of Shiraz while my husband opted for a pint of Barnby Moorish - brewed especially for Ye Olde Bell. Both were good and we enjoyed them on a sofa in front of an open fire.
As we enjoyed our drinks we were given menus for the newly refurbished Restaurant 1650, and I was instantly impressed. There were a good selection of dishes with plenty of choice.
In the end I went for seared scallops served with smoked halibut, followed by locally bred fillet of beef with pepper mash. Martin went for pork belly with oxtail and pearl barley risotto followed by cod in mussel butter with mash.
Once we were seated in the oak panelled restaurant we were offered a choice of saffron or garlic bread. We went for one of each and both were delicious.
We then got the extra surprise of a pre appetiser of roast tomato soup served in an espresso cup. Unlike its canned relatives this soup was a rich orange colour and tasted just sublime.
When our starters arrived we were both very impressed. My dish had four large scallops. They were cooked to perfection as was the beef, which had a fantastic flavour and melted in the mouth. Martin’s starter again was generous and I was told, one of the nicest he had ever had. The cod was cooked perfectly as were the dishes of locally sourced fresh vegetables that were served alongside our mains.
Despite being very full after an amazing meal, the dessert menu was so tempting we simply couldn’t resist. I went for the white chocolate torte, with truffle crème and a mint crème anglaise - a chocoholics dream. Martin had panacotta with meringue and raspberry coulis. Both were to die for.
We finished off our meal with two very strong and freshly brewed coffees in the Club Lounge - just perfect.
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By Clare O’Neill