• Sample Middlethorpe Hall’s sumptuous menus using fresh local ingredients
• A taste of tradition with contemporary touches at Middlethorpe Hall, National Trust hotel
• Explore England’s ‘Eternal City’ filled with historic buildings around the grand Minster
Striking redbrick William and Mary country house hotel, Middlethorpe Hall, part of Historic House Hotels, stands in 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland just outside of the historic city of York. Once the home of the famous feminist and diarist Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, Middlethorpe has been restored with carefully chosen antiques and artwork and open fireplaces. Its 29 bedrooms are all individually furnished and many offer stunning views of the grounds surrounding the hotel.
The classically panelled dining room overlooking the magnificent gardens are a special feature of Middlethorpe and provide the perfect setting for the excellent British food with both traditional and contemporary touches for which the hotel has been awarded two AA Rosettes and Restaurant of the Year in 2013. The specially designed Tasting Menu is a good way to sample the skills of head chef Nicholas Evans, who started out aged 19 as Commis Chef here before honing his skills at such well-respected hotel restaurants as Llangoed Hall and Celtic Manor. He returned to Middlethorpe in 2006.
From £69.00 per person (£99.00 per person with paired wines to accompany each course) the seven-course extravaganza takes the diner from chilled tomato consume, to confit of chicken with smoked leek and mushroom terrine, pan-fried fillet of Whitby landed turbot, Yorkshire Dales lamb, frozen basil parfait and toasted vanilla marshmallow.
The more traditional three-course a la carte dinner menu is priced £43.00 per person is no less impressive with a range of dishes including roast diver-caught scallops with brawn ballottine, butter-roasted East-coast lobster with sea vegetables and confit fillet of wild sea trout with Whitby crab. Puddings are something to save room for, with such delights as new season Yorkshire rhubarb and hot blood orange shuffle.
A winning combination of Middlethorpe’s lovely grounds and its special cuisine is the popular RHS Garden Tour and Luncheon on Wednesday March 18. David Barker, head gardener at Middlethorpe for 32 years will demonstrate the care of bulbs from springtime through to planting and positioning in autumn. After coffee and biscuits, drinks at midday will follow the garden tour at 11am before a three-course lunch costs £39.50 (£31.50 RHS members) with Jerusalem artichoke veloute, confit chicken leg and sticky toffee pudding. Further Garden Tours and Luncheon events are also planned.
This summer the York Food Festival runs a taster from June 6 – 7, with the main festival running from September 18 – 27 across the city with local chefs, producers and wine experts. There will be Taste Trails, cookery master classes and activities for all ages and special deals in local restaurants.
York is one of Britain’s most historic cities, and is still surrounded by its medieval city walls. York’s city walls contain some of the most splendid urban architecture in the British Isles, including York Minster, the Minster Treasurer’s House, Fairfax House, the medieval street of The Shambles, the Castle and its outstanding museum, and a profusion of other fascinating buildings and museums. In addition, many come to York to see the National Railway Museum, which contains the world’s fastest steam locomotive and a splendid collection of royal railway carriages. Middlethorpe Hall, one of the three Historic House Hotels in the UK is the leading award winning hotel in York.
Discover the fresh local produce of Yorkshire through Middlethorpe Hall.
www.middlethorpe.com Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel: +44 (1904) 641241
B&B priced from £199.00 per night based on two sharing