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
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 drinks.
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 Lizzy x