The Racehorses is an independently run 18th century country inn set in the heart of Kettlewell, with thirteen en-suite bedrooms which enjoy far-reaching views of surrounding hills and The River Wharfe. There are two bar rooms and dining areas as well as two large dining rooms which can cater for small or medium functions.
It has been owned and run by Kevin Sands for 10 years, who along with chefs Trevor and Sarah, extends a very warm welcome to guests and visitors, many of whom are walkers enjoying the delightful Dales village.
My friend Barbara and I ate on a Friday lunchtime in mid-September. We were amazed at the choice available, with a lunch menu, a dinner menu, a separate fish menu and a specials blackboard, all of which had numerous options.
I opted for deep-fried brie wedges, served on a beautiful salad and served with an orange, cranberry and port dressing, £5.50. Both were delicious, fresh and beautifully presented.
We both enjoy fish so chose off the dedicated fish menu. I was drawn immediately to the 7oz tuna steak Wellington which was stuffed with caramelized onions and served with garlic sautéed new potatoes with a summer strawberry and rocket salad and a white wine Yorkshire blue-cheese sauce, £14.95 This was a real showstopper. The tuna was served pink in the middle- just how I prefer it. It was of generous size, but the pastry was light and delicate. The sauce was the perfect accompaniment and I cannot praise this dish enough.
Barbara requested a small portion of fish pie, which was duly delivered in a ramekin and served with carrots and broccoli.
Every option on the dessert menu appealed to both of us and it took much deliberating to finally decide. Barbara chose Crème Brulee which was served with Amaretti biscuits £5.50 and I couldn’t resist Baileys cheesecake which was served with either pouring cream or ice-cream. Both desserts were again, beautifully presented and garnished with strawberries and vibrant edible flowers. A feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds.
We thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere at The Racehorses and if you are in Kettlewell, you really must go to experience the delightful food and friendly ambience. It is a true delight.
Love Liz x
The Racehorses Hotel
Barbara and I were guests of The Racehorses and the review was undertaken as part of my role for Aspire Magazine. Huge thanks to Kevin for his warm welcome and excellent menu.
A version of this review first appeared in Aspire Magazine, November issue 2016.