Monday, 20 July 2015

Restaurant Review: Country Harvest, Ingleton

I love everything about my job as a writer and editor for a local magazine, but one of the nicest things about it is the occasional opportunity to review a restaurant. I wrote a little about this and included some photographs in the outfit post I did on the day of the review, in which I wore my flamingo dresss because it was a beautifully warm day.
I like to wait until the article is out (or almost out) in print before giving too much away about the food itself.

Country Harvest lies along the A65 where The Dales meets The Lakes in Ingleton, North Yorkshire. It is easy to find and has a large car park. As well as the Coffee Shop, Country Harvest has a shop selling an array of clothing, gifts, jewellery and books and a magnificent food hall with a mouth-watering array of fresh produce, bread and cakes. The meat counter is quite outstanding and resident butcher George Taylor is the reigning Young Butcher of the Year.

I lunched with my dad on a sunny Tuesday. The Coffee Shop was bustling and we were seated by the window which afforded us views of the open countryside.

The waitress took our drinks order shortly after we sat down, a bottle of Peroni for my dad and Belvoir raspberry lemonade for me. The menu is extensive with options including main meals, soup of the day, sandwiches, toasties and paninis. Additionally there is a children’s menu and an afternoon tea menu.

We were spoiled for choice and took quite a while deliberating. My father chose the Three Peaks Platter which included homemade pork pie, three varieties of cheese from the deli, ham, chutney and pickles.

I opted for the Seafood Platter, a feast of smoked salmon, poached salmon, tuna and smoked  mackerel. Both were accompanied by a bread roll and butter and a generous, very fresh side salad. 

Our food was fresh, tasty, beautifully presented and served with a smile from our excellent and charming waitress. The platters were substantial and very well priced at £9.75. My father was particularly complimentary about the blue cheese, something he wouldn’t normally choose. Praise indeed. I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc which was sharp, crisp and perfect with my fish.

The dessert counter stopped us in our tracks as we entered the Coffee Shop and my dad knew then that he wanted lemon meringue pie. It was magnificent and came beautifully presented with a small jug of cream on the side. 

After much mind-changing (because there were cakes, gateaux, tray-bakes, ice-creams and hot puddings), I settled on lemon too, but in cake form. A two tier confection that was light, zingy and quite a sight to behold.

We ended with coffee from a wide selection of hot beverages.

The setting is lovely and tranquil and the food is fresh, wholesome, local and hearty. The staff were friendly and attentive and had the warmest of smiles. Our lunch was, quite simply, perfect.

Love Liz x  

Here is how my review looks in print.

Country Harvest
North Yorkshire
01524 242223

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