Bored with the usual fish and chips on the Scarborough sea front, on our day trip we decided to try a very different venue which we found on TripAdvisor. The Hares Leap is a recently-converted barn two miles north of Scarborough, just before the village of Burniston. The restaurant is reasonably well-signed, and there is ample parking in front. There is a modern wood-burning stove just to the left of the door. To the right is a display stand of pickles, chutneys and other traditional farmshop produce. There were also trays of eggs, fresh vegetables and artisan-style loaves of bread for sale. The counter has an enticing display of cakes, pastries and deli items.
At Saturday lunchtime, there were plenty of other customers; we found a table upstairs in a sort of mezzanine dining area. Despite it being busy, we were greeted without delay and our drinks order was taken. We could have ordered a glass of wine from an extensive list, but we chose dandelion and burdock. I ordered a 'Yorkshire Rarebit' made with whole-grain mustard, and my wife asked for an Easingwold Roast Ham sandwich. Our food came with a generous helping of crisp leaf and pasta salads, dressed with oil and balsamic vinegar. We were warned there would be a 20 minute delay, but we only waited for around ten minutes. The quality was excellent, and the helpings generous.
As there was a table free downstairs near the fire, we went down and ordered coffee and cake. The carrot and lime mascarpone was moist, delicious and innovative. The raspberry Bakewell was also lovely, and the coffee was fine.
The young staff were friendly, enthusiastic and efficient, and the food was high quality and good value. We will certainly return, and maybe stay one evening to try the dinner menu.
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