Last weekend, my other half and I grabbed the chance for a bit of relaxation by staying over at the Wentbridge House Hotel and eating at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant at the hotel.
The hotel is quite a traditional one and high on the ‘wedding venue’ lists for brides-to-be in the area. It’s a four star country house hotel in Yorkshire (near Pontefract) and dates from 1700. There is enough space in the ground for a nice wander before dinner and we took the chance to take our drinks with us and sit on once of the many benches, relax and take in the surroundings. Our room was very nice, just the right size and some lovely Elemis shampoos etc. (I do like Elemis). Bottles of Harrogate Spa water were placed beside the bed, which is so much better than waking up at 3am thirsty and having to locate a small glass and drink tepid water from the bathroom tap! (I’ve had to do that many times)
The Fleur de Lys at Wentbridge House is a very traditional and elegant Restaurant which holds 2 AA Rosettes and a Notable Wine List Award. Diners are invited into the cosy cocktail bar to enjoy a drink and peruse the menu before ordering. Everyone seemed to have a glass of champagne in hand, so we thought we may as well join them! Their standard champagne is the Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve, which I’m a big fan of. Such a lovely smooth taste.
Having a look through the menu, I found that lots of dishes caught my eye and the specials sounded great too. After we’d ordered, a lovely waitress took us through to the restaurant. We later found out that she has been working at Wentbridge House for 35 years! She was so very charming, I was called “the Lady” a lot, my other half was “the Gentleman”.
What we ate at Wentbridge House
For starters, my other half ordered the wild mushroom ravioli, queen scallops, griolle & shave black summer truffle from the specials menu and I opted for the Wentbridge House fishcake, fennel slaw & lobster aioli from the main menu.
The truffles on his dish were grated onto his plate at our table, which was a nice touch. I don’t like mushrooms at all, but he persuaded me to try a mouthful of his and I have to say that I did like it! Anyone that knows me well will know that this means it was very very good, as I’m a real mushroom hater! He was very impressed with his starter, one of the best he’s had in a long while (he’s a harsh critic, so well earned praise from him).
My Wentbridge House fishcakes were lovely. They were deep fried, but not at all greasy. The texture was just right and they were very tasty.
For our mains, he went for the tubot fillet, crushed new potatoes, asparagus, crispy hen’s egg & shrimp hollandaise from the specials menu and I had no hesitations in picking the ‘This Little Piggy Went To Market’, which is belly pork, gammon, black pudding, pineapple, fragrant cabbage, crackling & pork pie jus.
I absolutely loved my dish. The flavours went very well together and the textures were complimentary. Just delicious! The only thing that would have improved the dish would have been slightly more apple, but that’s just my personal taste. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. My other half really enjoyed his main, it was cooked very well and was a nice subtle dish.
For desert, he went for the crepe suzette and I had the warm chocolate fondant with ‘Snickers’ caramel & peanut butter ice cream.
My desert was really good, it was exactly how I imagined it to be….soft and gooey chocolate complimented by the caramel and peanut butter. Heaven! My other half was really pleased to see Crepe Suzette on the menu as he’d always wanted to try it. We weren’t disappointed either, it was cooked right in front of us and tasted really good! I must admit, we were doubly pleased that it was our favourite waitress that cooked it for us.
Afterwards, my partner had an espresso (which was fine, but a little bitter tasting) and we then took our wine out onto the lawn to sit at one of the tables and let our food go down. It was very peaceful and you could really get a sense of the charm that the Wentbridge House Hotel has.
I’d highly recommend anyone to go and dine at the Fleur de Lys restaurant at Wentbridge House Hotel. The service was great, the food was absolutely lovely…the whole experience was a perfect little treat before the wedding.
Note: For review purposes, we did not pay for our meal, but this did not sway our judgement at all. We did pay for the hotel stay.