In 2012 Pat Davis, one of our members suggested that some of us should descend on a Yorkshire Pub or Restaurant for a meal and drinks. This practice has continued ever since - currently organised by club member Dianne Hardwick. Usually between eight and twenty of us make a booking once four to six weeks. Below are reviews of some of the meals we have enjoyed in local pubs and restaurants:
Sixteen members attended on a warm summers evening, this idyllic North Yorkshire venue.
We sat outside in the evening sunshine while awaiting the full complement of members, before being ushered in to our own Dining Room. The choice of liquid refreshments was varied, with all tastes for local brews well satisfied.
With the tables arranged to seat us all on one layout, this worked well, for all members to be able to converse easily in open forum. And we did !! Starters were served in a timely manner, for those who did not choose from the starter menu, there were novelty tiny bread rolls and spread.
It was noted that two of the starters were accompanied by a pink sauce which later re appeared on one of the main courses too.
Of the choice of 10 main courses on offer we chose widely and all enjoyed our preferred meal.
The soufflé was served hot, impressively so, when there were 15 other meals being presented at the same time.
The portions were of a good size and the mixed vegetables cooked to a good standard, not spoilt by being “soggy/overcooked”.
Desserts, which we were not required to be pre ordered, all went down well, nicely presented and those of us who didn’t indulge, perhaps wished we should have!
The cheese board option took 3 people to render it.. finished.
Tea and coffee was available, one coffee problem was quickly rectified without fuss.
A really good night, warm summers evening (rare!), comfortable village pub venue, good food, splendid company.
Having spoken to the majority of the group, they all enjoyed the whole experience and would come and do it all again.
On behalf of all there, Our thanks to Dianne for organising a splendid night.
Sixteen of us “enjoyed” meeting and eating at The Blacksmiths Arms in Westow on Saturday, 9th May. Car parking proved a little tricky but there is on street parking, however, no street lighting!
The pub is large, roomy and well staffed with a convivial atmosphere. The food was very good with generous portions of both starters and main courses. Hill had the Crispy Duck to start which was excellent. Phil had the Deep Fried Brie which was also very good and looked home produced.
For Mains we both had Steak and Ale Pie which was also very good with lovely suet pastry, loads of well cooked beef and a shot of ale. We were disappointed with the chips as they used old, starchy potatoes which was a shame. We did not have a sweet, but they looked stunning. Feedback from Clarissa and Dianne, who had Dark Chocolate Fondant and Ice Cream, was that there was a distinct lack of chocolate, this was counter balanced by Jan’s favourable review of her Meringue with Fresh Fruits.
All in all a great evening enhanced by Clarissa generosity in providing all the wine to celebrate her birthday.
Reviewed by RWG Members Phil and Hillery Stonehewer
14 members of Ryedale Walking Group ate a late Sunday lunch at The New Inn, Thornton le Dale. We sat as one group but at small tables for 4 all joined together. This meant that we were a little too far from each other for easy conversation, as there were too many table legs in the way!
Most people ordered from the Sunday lunch menu, which gives the option of l, 2 or 3 courses for a maximum price of £15.95. I chose soup and salmon for my main. I was disappointed with my choices. The soup did not seem to be entirely made from scratch and the same soup appeared, as a "sauce", underneath my salmon and potatoes! I sent this back and asked for it to be removed, as I did not want to have soup for a second time. Vegetables were served in serving dishes to share and were plentiful. Most of our diners seemed happy with their meals and we enjoyed our get together.
Reviewed by Dianne Hardwick
Events Coordinator Ryedale Walking Group
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14 members enjoyed a lovely meal at The White Swan, Ampleforth, on Sunday 14th June 2015. The majority ordered a main course and a dessert and everyone, without exception, was very happy with their meal. I chose salmon for my main, served in a delicious sauce, followed by mango tart (a bit too sweet for me, but very nice). All the meals were well presented and served to everyone at the same time. Those of us who hadn't ordered a starter were particularly pleased with the complimentary olives and bread rolls served to everyone ahead of the starters. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed the food and the evening and would like to return in the not too distant future.
Reviewed by Dianne Hardwick - Events Coordinator Ryedale Walk Group
Malton Relish is a deli and café by day but three times a month it opens in the evening to provide an interesting dining experience with a different theme each month. In March it was a British theme and twelve Ryedale Walkers enjoyed samples of traditional British fare. The menu is set and we were served with small portions of: potted shrimp, new potatoes, broccoli and quails eggs, welsh rarebit, fish and chips, and steak and kidney pudding followed by sorbet and gin and tonic jelly. Each portion is small but beautifully prepared and very tasty. The whole experience adds up to a very satisfying and interesting meal. Although the venue is really a shop there was a happy buzz and lots of conversation. Malton Relish does not have a restaurant licence so you can take your own drink. It does however have an off sales licence and an extensive stock of wine and bottled beers which you can buy, take outside, bring back in and drink with your meal. Isn’t British licensing law wonderful.
A really enjoyable evening with thanks to Dianne for the organisation.
Review by Geoff & Fran Bogg
Thanks to Jenni Turnbull RWG Member for the review
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