Was really looking forward to eating at Estbek House having read the rave reviews and we were happy to drive the 70 mile round trip for the dining experience. Wanted to add to the other excellent reviews and add this to our favourite list of places to eat particularly as there are so few really good seafood restaurants in the area. Maybe our expectations were too high.
The setting is beautiful but unfortunately no designated parking near the restaurant as it is on the main seafront road. The location of the restaurant and the stairs up to the dining-areas make it disabled unfriendly but the proprietors can hardly be blamed for that. It is a quaint building furnished tastefully. Unusually the kitchen is downstairs as you come in with the small bar to the right. The two small dining rooms are at the top of the stairs, either side which means there is constant 'traffic' on the stairs.
It was a busy Saturday evening and the place was heaving. We waited an hour to be seated but expected this on a busy night.
The starter I ordered had been sold out which was a disappointment (the brown shrimp and crab ravioli). The figs I had as a substitute were bland, had no discernable flavour apart from charred rosemary stalks which they had been roasted on and I found no sign of the goats cheese supposed to be contained within.
My partner was equally disappointed with his salmon and prawn starter, it was quite average in terms of the quality of ingredients and to be honest guys the seafood throughout had the consistency and taste of pre-frozen.
My lemon sole was delicious, served with a couple of boiled potatoes and a bundle of vegetables. The mini 'lobster' thermidor I paid an extra £5.50 for lifted what would have been a very ordinary fish supper.
My partner had the fish pie which is a stack of salmon and seafood served with a very dry potato cake. He was bitterly disappointed with the quality of the ingredients having looked forward to tasting succulent fresh seafood.
My creme brulee with raspberries was superb and the complimentary chocolates delicious.
As my partner was driving, he only had water and was curiously told we werem't allowed to pour it ourselves even though we were sat next to the carafes of water! The waitress explained that this was because there were not enough water jugs to go around. Bizarre! I has 3 small glasses of wine at £6 each which is rather excessive.
Staff were pleasant, we did not feel inclined to complain because it was clearly a case of our expectations simply not being met by the food in this restaurant.
Sorry guys, it lacked any 'wow' factor for us. We are fair critics of food and can see that the restaurant is popular but it doesn't live up to our expectations.
As my partner did not have wine or a dessert, we had no coffees (too late by then, it took much longer than expected), we felt that the price tag of £85 was rather excessive.
Disappointing, wished our review could have been better but it's given fairly and we wish your business well.
- Also Known As:
- Estbek House Hotel Sandsend
- Estbek Hotel Sandsend
- Estbek House Sandsend, Yorkshire