Eating out in Harrogate

Restaurant Review: The General Tarleton, Ferrensby

Us greedy sisters don’t need much excuse for a celebratory meal, so the end of an exam prompted a midweek visit to The General Tarleton.

The General Tarleton
The General Tarleton

With windows aglow, this pretty North Yorkshire inn just invites you to step inside, and despite being a Wednesday evening the atmosphere was bustling.

There was a reasonably priced set menu of British classics, however I couldn’t say no to the interesting flavour combinations on the A La Carte menu.

To start I had the scallops, accompanied by homemade black pudding, creamed leeks and balsamic dressing. Attractively presented with little slivers of apple this was the tastiest scallop dish I have ever eaten. Each flavour worked with the others without overwhelming the perfectly cooked scallops.

Pan Seared King Scallops with the GT's homemade black pudding, creamed leeks and balsamic dressing
Pan Seared King Scallops with the GT’s homemade black pudding, creamed leeks and balsamic dressing

This was followed by a main course of confit of duck leg, with parmentier potatoes and spring greens. This was served with a light orange reduction which had enough acidity to cut through the richness of the duck.

Confit Duck Leg with wilted spring greens and an orange reduction
Confit Duck Leg with wilted spring greens and an orange reduction

Unfortunately I was too full to manage a dessert, but I’m sure we will be returning in the not too distant future. We hear their Sunday lunches are pretty good too!

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