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The Yorke Arms
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I was hugely surprised to read any negative reviews for The Yorke Arms. We visited for the first time this week. The setting is sublimely natural (rain included). The welcome genuninely warm. The Inn itself is old-fashioned in old country home of a favourite great aunt style. It reminded us a little of Sharrow Bay back in the good old days. But without the dogs and the clutch of ornaments! We were there to celebrate our son's 22nd birthday. He cooks himself and we had our fingers crossed that the food would meet his standards. We knew it would be good. It was more than that. This is food and a place and a chef to celebrate.

It is immediately clear that the chef has bought into a way of life and that's what you buy into when you eat here. She could make stacks more money by working in London (New York - Dubai) or by tricking the place out or by making it more populist but she doesnt. No compromise and good for her.

Yes, the dining room is full of old brown furniture so not to everyone's taste but it's natural. It works. Like the stream outside. The hills. The waiting staff are young and sweet without ego. They are in the room but you're hardly aware of them.

The amuse bouche - a tiny quenelle of goats curd infused with artichoke alongside a dab of fruit puree and a single almond - well, sublime, subtle, brilliantly simple and well judged.

Starters; lightly seared tuna with squid with 3 palate singing quennelles alongside - tomato - fruity - curd to take your taste into space - for 2 of us. A hare and shallot tart for my husand.

Mains. My son's venison plate looked like the garden of eden (non-veggie eden) with the roast kidney, black pudding in pastry, oh so many tiny things on the plate. My husband's brill was a pale delight - first class delicate fish with such background flavours - bursting into a subtle chorus of shades of lemon meringue pie. My veal polpettini and sweetbreads with smoked mash and masterstrokes of vegetable and sauces was SO good. These are dishes which have been so cleverly designed that every forkful works. Taking any single element out would destroy the whole. Which I guess is why this style of eating wouldnt suit everyone. It has to be as the chef invents it. This meal shoots straight to the top of the list as a best lunch out ever.

Puddings: a plate of chocolate (4 baby puds), a plate of perfect cheese, a mousse with bits and a streak of liquorice and just a few chilled salty blackcurrants.

Fantastically strong coffee in the lounge with homemade petit fours and such a reasonable bill for the 3 of us.

This place is the real deal. Yorkshire is lucky to have it. Take it on its own terms and wonder.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

On our way home from a lovely weekend in the area, passing through the village we spotted the yorke arms , looked lovely so we decided to stop for a drink. We were dressed in our walking gear, as we entered we were asked if we had ordered lunch, i replied that we would just like a drink.The waiter said that would be ok and quickly ushered us outside to the smoking area. it was a covered area with hard metal seats, and it was raining cats and dogs. My husband asked if thers was anywhere to sit inside to which the man behind the bar said that we could sit on a wooden bench near the door, we had only just sat when a couple walked in dressed smartly the barman came rushing from around the bar to greet them. We were then asked if we could move into a side room out of the way of guests. The way we were treated was dreadfull,and not what you would have expected from this day and age. Very snobbish dont go there unless your wearing your tiara!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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13  Thank RachelJobe
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Seems to be a running theme!
On holiday near by recently and half way through a long bike ride with a two year old in tow, we were in desperate need of refreshment and the usual 'break'. With us being more or less in the middle of nowhere this was the only place to stop.
It wasn't really a matter that we turned up just before the 'extremely busy lunch period' (Good for you, mate!) and it was a 'restaurant and they don't do just drinks' (There was an empty pot of tea on the table near the bar as we arrived!) It was the manner of the snobby man/boy who spoke to us in the most smarmy, condescending tone!
If you want to speak to mere minions like that from your high horse and make people feel like utter prats for daring to try to pay for a drink, then feel free, but please keep on racking up these comments, mate....!

Room Tip: Try a travel lodge!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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16  Thank boochops83
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Stayed here for my 40th birthday for one night.
The room was very comfortable and was furnished well.
The guest lounge is very comfortable and relaxing with large sofas, worth a relaxing hour or two.
The focus of the weekend was very much the restaurant. The food was absolutely superb !
every course and ingredient was perfect. The beef with foie gras was excellent, every item on the plate cooked perfectly. The grand marnier souffle was the tastiest dessert i've had. The flavours from the grand marnier and raspberry sorbet were pin sharp.
The wine list has something for everyone.
The cost is reasonable bearing in mind what you are eating.
I really can't fault anything !
I can't wait to return !

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Richard H
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We went here for my husbands birthday and stayed in a house double room. The place and surrounding grounds are beautiful and the room was lovely. It's perhaps more than you'd pay for a similar standard of hotel room in other locations but does mean you can enjoy the restaurant experience without someone having to drive home!

We opted for the tasting menu and each course was excellent. The food was outstanding and obviously so much care goes into what's on the plate. Quite possibly the best dessert I have ever eaten (Grand Marnier soufflé with chocolate sauce, truffle cake and raspberry sorbet). There is a really wide selection of wines and something to suit all budgets. The service was extremely attentive without being unobtrusive.

We will definitely go back here and hopefully it will live up to the same experience second time around!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Lisa_Jane_89
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