Decadent night dining at Middlethorpe Hall

Decadent night dining at Middlethorpe Hall

I love dining out.  I love the fact that there is no cutting onions, no dishes to wash, and no lingering smell of burnt pasta in the kitchen.  But, my favourite part of eating out, is getting dressed up and feeling fancy!  Not that my usual haunts always justify dressing up – so I was incredibly excited to be invited to Middlethorpe Hall to experience a delicious dinner.  The perfect place for stylish dresses and suit jackets.

Drive up to this beautiful 17th century building and soak up the ambience of gorgeous gardens, that make the perfect setting for a pre-dinner stroll.  Enjoy old fashioned roses, herb gardens, and walk beneath cherry and apple trees.  It’s an exciting collection of small gardens, full of treasures and perfect picture opportunities!


After a walk we headed over to the great Hall, and sat to wait for our table in a grand Drawing Room.  A beautifully regal room, that was the perfect place to sit back and enjoy h’ordeuvres.  By now I was already impressed, but then it was time to move into the wood paneled dining room, overlooking the regal gardens, and begin 4 courses of amazing food from Head Chef, Nicholas Evans.

From the moment you take your seat, you know you’re going to be served something wonderful.  Warm bread is placed on your gold rimmed plate, and then it’s time to sit back and wait for the culinary treats to arrive.  I do suggest checking out the menu in advance as you have so much to choose from, with the Al La Carte Menu, and a delicious Traditional Menu too.  Tasty treats like Pan Fried Fillet of Sea Trout, Heritage Tomatoes and Grilled Slice of Duck Liver, followed by a zesty lemon sorbet served in the cutest little teacup.

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The Main Course was even harder, with us eventually settling on Wild Mushroom and Goats Cheese Pithivier and Sirloin of Beef.  And what a treat!  Delicious flavours that compliment each other perfectly, and truly explode in the mouth.  An absolutely amazing meal that kept me quiet for its entirety.

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Now you might think that after a substantial starter and main with a sneaky sorbet in the middle, I might be full…and you’d be right.  But, there is and always will be room for dessert.

Trinity College Burnt Cream and Mixed Berry Cheesecake was the perfect round off.  The Burnt Cream in particular was truly decadent.  A smooth, vanilla cream with crunchy topping – made even better with the soft buttery biscuits to dip in it.

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The whole experience was amazing, and enhanced even further with the exceptional service from Hubert!  A fantastic waiter that kept the conversation flowing, and drinks topped up.  In fact, the service from everyone from arrival to departure was outstanding, and they really will go above and beyond to make your visit special.

If you’re looking for somewhere special to spend an evening in York, it really does need to be relaxing in the elegant surroundings of Middlethorpe Hall.  Enjoy!





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An absolute gem of a restaurant, which is close enough to town but still has all the luxury of space surrounding it. A perfect way to treat a loved one.

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