This restaurant is simply the best I've ever been to. I eat a lot and am keen to try different places, but not a "foodie" per-say.
"Timberlakes" came as a highly recommended, family ran business. I am blown away by the quality of food and service provided by the only 3 people in the place. Chef, sous chef and one maitre'd. It is a small venue/bistro, seating about 20 people, lovely and intimate.
Going in, my wife and I were greeted by a gentleman who was very personable, but not over familiar. He gave an honest and funny chat, but also very passionate about the food and his work. He talked in detail about the presentation and preparation of the menu items. His service was way beyond what I've ever experienced, when compared with other high-end restaurants.
The food; I had a specials menu item and my wife had something a la carte.
My special menu item was a filet of venison, in a rich, thick meaty gravy with a hint of dark chocolate on a bed of spinach and smooth and creamy mashed potato, softened with half grapes. The venison could not have been any better, I've had it once before, but this surpassed my expectations. Tender, flavourful and fantastic when complimented with the bitterness of the dark chocolate flavour.
My wife had a beef casserole, which by the name would suggest a standard British staple food, that could only be thought of as mediocre. Wrong! There were two very generous and tender cuts of beef in a rich gravy, again on a bed of the same fantastic mash potato.
We shared a cheese board for after dinner. Locally sourced cheeses, that were a mix of off-piste strong and subtle flavours. Again, blown away. I am a keen cheese muncher, and loved every bit of it, washing it down with a beautiful glass of port.
This restaurant was the best I've attended, by a country mile. If I lived in Harrogate, I would attend regularly.
Would recommend to anyone visiting for a day or two.
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