The Fleece in Addingham has been on our list of potential eating places to visit for a while now. However, after a major fire in 2015 the pub is still being rebuilt and redecorated. So instead we are having dinner at their sister pub, also in Addingham, The Craven Heifer.
It is always a good idea to try the local beer and today I’m going to try Saltaire Blonde, a handcrafted light ale from the Saltaire Brewery. It is delicate – not too hoppy – with some hints of spice, malt and bitterness. It suits me very well!
Rock chooses the cumin rubbed cod loin with a curry spiced jus and sea vegetables. The fish and the sea vegetables are both fine, the skin on the cod looked as though it would be crispy but for some reason it was disappointingly limp. The star of the dish was the beautifully spiced jus.
I have the Thirsk lamb wellington with carrot puree, dauphinoise potato, buttered leeks, crushed peas and a madeira jus. I had several stars on my plate – the lamb wellington was superb and all the accompaniments were well-cooked and worked well together.
Another Saltaire Blonde has found its way onto our table and it is time to consider dessert. We decide to share the rhubarb parfait with poached rhubarb, Yorkshire parkin and ginger beer jelly – sounds like a mix of my favourite things. The parkin is fabulous, the ginger beer jelly is fun, the parfait tastes good but it should have been taken out of the freezer earlier!
Overall we had good service and very good food. I can see us coming back here before too long….