On a typically British summer’s evening we may our way through the drizzle to Harome on the edge of the North York Moors. Its an area we love, filled with country houses, quaint stone villages and dramatic countryside. The Pheasant Hotel has an enviable position set around a courtyard of fruit trees and overlooking the village duck pond.
It made a perfect retreat from the rain and we immediately felt at home in the cosy lounge with our Blackwoods gin and tonic.
After making our choices from the seasonal Market Menu we were shown to our table in the conservatory, an elegant room with potted olive trees, crisp white linen and heavy silver tablewear.
After freshly baked bread rolls we were served our amuse bouche of courgette and coriander soup, and airy little cheese puffs with a red pepper humous.
We had a starter of brown crab and garden herb risotto with dale and cheddar dumplings.
The main course was a pan fried fillet of salmon with yellow courgettes, red gooseberries and pak choi. The red gooseberries were a first for us and made a sharp contrast to the fish.
For dessert we chose the apricot and lavender sorbet, served with caramelised brioche and roasted almond milkshake.
Following this we could enjoyed a tisane made from fresh mint from the garden. This was accompanied by a little tin of petit fours – lemon marshmallow, chocolate truffles and buttery fudge.
What we really loved about The Pheasant was the attention to detail, from the interior, designed by Peter Silk of Helmsley, to the Sophie Allport ‘pheasant’ jugs used to serve the soup. It certainly wasn’t style over substance though, as all the food was delicious. The ingredients were seasonal and sourced as locally as possible, with many of the herbs and vegetables coming straight from the kitchen garden.
If you fancy making a weekend of it they do some amazing packages, we particularly like the sound of their Pamper Break, which includes candlelit swimming, a spa treatment and a tasting menu accompanied by wine…well we can dream!