We went to the appletree country inn as we had a groupon deal for the cowshed cottage which is owned by the landlord and lady of this wonderful pub, and so decided to eat in the restaurant for pure ease. I am so glad we did!!! This place is a real hidden gem, it is literally in the middle of nowhere in a tiny village with just a few houses for company, about halfway between Malton and Pickering.
When we arrived for our meal we were greeted by Pablo the dog (the most lovely labrador you'll ever meet) and smiling bar staff. We got some drinks in the bar area and perused the menus. The bar staff then came and took our orders and even changed one of their normal dishes, to accommodate the fact my wife didnt like one thing in a certain meal, and changed for an alternative item with no issues at all, just a simple "not a problem".
We were then shown through to the restaurant area, which is very quaint and homely. It was very quiet for dinnertime on a friday evening, but i guess this is due to where its located and word of mouth not quite getting out yet.
The starters arrived and were beautiful, my wife had the pork and apricot pie and i had the homemade scotch egg, they were both absolutely gorgeous!!
The mains were the crispy pork belly for the wife (which she said just melted in her mouth) and I went for the order by the ounce steak, what a great idea. If id been greedier i'd have ordered a lot more steak but stuck with 10oz and then all the trimmings (including the famous chips!) This was the best steak meal I have ever had, cooked to perfection, presented amazingly and most importantly amazingly superb tasting!!!
Feeling greedy we went for desserts too, which my wife had the cheese board (which looked lovely) and I had a gorgeous spotted dog pudding with custard.
Everything we ate had been lovingly prepared from scratch and everything tasted absolutely amazing, one of the best meals I have ever eaten, and for what it all cost surprisingly good value too.
A big thanks to Graham for cooking the lovely meals for us, and to the happy bar staff for malking the whole thing a great experience.
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