This is the last stop on our Yorkshire road trip and we are aiming for a stellar finish. The Pipe and Glass in South Dalton has had a Michelin star for the last 6 years and The Good Pub Guide named it as the Dining Pub of the Year 2015. Our expectations are sky high!
Rock sets a course for the Grilled Fillet of North Sea Mackerel on Wild Garlic Toast with a Sardine and Tomato Ketchup and a luminous Parsley Oil. I head for the fusion of Crispy Monkfish Cheeks with Ham Hock. The mackerel is cooked perfectly and Rock loves it. I am dazzled by how beautifully the monkfish and ham hock shine together while sitting on a cloud of Jerusalem artichoke purée. Both dishes are out of this world.
To drink I choose the pub’s own brew, Two Chefs. When I taste it, it is OK and temporarily brings me down to earth. I’m expecting a lot better here than OK. Later, I have a pint of Woldtop which easily eclipses the first pint. Now, that’s more like it!
I choose the Parkin Crusted Loin of Deer with Braised Haunch while Rock has the Salt Beef Hash Cake with Quails Egg surrounded by a constellation of Rhubarb Ketchup. Ketchups here are light years ahead of anything you might find in a bottle. The Deer is tender, tastes heavenly and Rock is almost as impressed by her Salt Beef.
For dessert we share the Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Apple Sponge and Apple Sorbet. Good but not as cosmic as the previous courses. Overall, the food is fantastic, the service excellent and the atmosphere calm and welcoming. If this isn’t food heaven…. we are in a galaxy near to it.