24 restaurants in Scarborough
Restaurants in Scarborough:
Falconer Road, Scarborough, YO11 2EN [Map]
Brewer's Fayre restaurants offer a warm welcome to those who want a reliably tasty meal in pleasant surroundings, with plenty of choice, minimal fuss and friendly service. With a reputation going back 25 years they should have a fair chance of doing that, but don't take our word for it. Give them a try and see if you agree that this is how good quality pub food should be served.
Whether it's snacks, grills, pub classics, fish, Sunday roasts or side dishes they think their way through the options, talk to their guests, and then come up with the goods. Not everybody wants a full meal so they've considered the needs of those who want to keep the gap filled and the children contented, perhaps on a journey or a day out.
Hot filled baguettes are always popular be it sausage and red onion or a classic chicken club sandwich. Jacket potatoes are good on their own but filled with mature cheddar cheese and beans they take on a new dimension.
More paced occasions demand a wide menu, perhaps with starters of breaded butterfly prawns, chicken goujons or breaded camembert bites. Grills are there for the hungry and whole rack of meaty BBQ pork ribs served with extra sauce, chips and coleslaw can be very welcome. The days of the mixed grill are back - or did they ever go away - a 4oz rump steak, two pork sausages, and a gammon steak topped with a fried egg served with all the trimmings will remind you if they did.
Salmon and prawn fishcakes are served with buttered new potatoes, tartare sauce and a lightly dressed salad. A combination of sea and land comes with a rump steak, whole grilled chicken breast and breaded breaded butterfly prawns, served with chips and a side salad or garden peas.
The rise of eating out in pubs has brought into our daily lives a whole legion of what might be termed 'pub classics'. Many of them have their roots in what used to be called 'good home cooking' and include such dishes as sausage, egg and chips, beef and ale pie, chicken and mushroom pie and for the very daring a beef lasagne. Well, all of them and many more are on the menu at Brewer's Fayre, supplemented by such new regulars as vegetable Goan chicken curry, pork chop, chilli con carne and grilled chicken and bacon salad.
It has often been said that chicken tikka masala is now the most popular dish in Britain. Some may not really want to believe that, much as they love curry, but travel, population movement and other factors have widened our scope and they are probably pretty keen on fish and chips in Timbuktu.
What is certain is that the great British Sunday roast is exclusive to these islands, though copied maybe elsewhere or in ex-pat outposts. No surprise therefore that it's on the Brewer's Fayre menu. A trade of three roasts with an opportunity to trade up to a mega roast for a modest sum. With it come two Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and that important element - gravy.
A fine list of immensely tempting desserts may well bring the most ardent weight-watcher to their knees. A short but well thought out wine list offers all choices, except champagne, by the glass. Staying the night - check to see if there's a Premier Inn next door - chances are you'll be lucky.
A quick click on their Website is always worth while. The only thing that stays still permanently is the quality which is helped by a changing menu, and some very special offers.
Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, YO12 4PS [Map]
Located in the scenic village of Seamer on the North Yorkshire coast, the Copper Horse Restaurant and luxury cottages presents the modern and traditional British food prepared using the best of Yorkshire ingredients.
Walk into The Copper Horse and it is hard to imagine that you are not entering some theatrical pub in the heart of London's show-usiness spread. Fact is that if you were to translate The Horse by some Dr Who techniques to London theatreland, it would be mobbed.
There are wonderful brasserie touches, dark red velvet drapes, brass and gold, to which the background is a superb collection of theatre memorabilia of stage and screen going back to the 1950s. To find all this in a pretty village near Scarborough where the hint of the sea is never too far away, particularly when the wind is in the east, makes a first class pub restaurant into a rare find indeed.
Originally a farmhouse going back to the 17th century, The Copper Horse has plenty of room in which to expand, and outside its sturdy construction has a rugged charm that has been emphasised by a coat of white that shines spectrally in the North Yorkshire moonlight.
As they would certainly say in the locality there's not too much space give to 'fancy stuff', and meals follow a robust but well prepared and presented range of dishes that speak of England and its rich diversity of home grown ingredients. Look for smoked salmon set on a beetroot and potato rösti and finished with a lemon and dill dressing or for sheer pungency look no further than black pudding on garlic and thyme roasted field mushroom topped with prosciutto ham.
Excellent seafood is a pretty fair bet with Whitby not so far away and Copper Horse classic prawn cocktail served with Marie Rose or Bloody Mary dressing is more than likely to please. Pudding is another respected product of Yorkshire, and combined with slow roast brisket of beef served with onion gravy and horseradish mash represents a compelling dish for many.
Yorkshire could be said to be the spiritual home of Pollock and pea fishcakes, well supported by wilted spinach with a shellfish bisque and new potatoes, while the mouthwatering crispy roast duck does not pre-empt you attention. There are other dishes such as slow braised lamb shank set on mashed potato with minted gravy. Both are only too readily available at The Copper Horse. Or take a closer look at the harissa glazed chicken fillet served on honey roast squash and sweet potato.
Talking of which a well selected wine list hovers at your elbow, many with large or small glass options, all designed to march in hand with the menu.
Those looking for somewhere special to have their wedding breakfast, a family celebration or a corporate boondoggle will find a willing participant in the form of the team at The Horse who put together and manage the event according to the clients' wishes. From the wine to the final details, all can be taken care of efficiently and with discretion.
Their Website tells you more. Meanwhile note this delightful combination of theatre and good dining into your places for the future.
British, Modern British, Traditional
North Wharf, South Bay Sandside, Scarborough, YO11 1PP [Map]
For some time I made the mistake of thinking that no group of restaurants in the region of 200 locations could hope to maintain the quality for which I was looking.
Then one day I decided to put my prejudices to the test, walked into Oxford ASK Italian! and discovered that I could not have been more mistaken. Their claim to serve freshly prepared quality food in stylish and comfortable surroundings with friendly and efficient service proved to be absolutely spot on.
Since then I have also discovered that a degree of consistency seems to operate throughout their restaurants, and that certainly does take some achieving, implying a degree of management that is enviable. They are perfect places for an impromptu snack, a bit of culinary grazing, or the full works, and families are catered for particularly well.
Their trendy décor usually comprises tiled floors and black furniture with well set tables that sparkle with glass, silver and spotless linen. Ten starters include crostini and bruschetta, followed by a range of salads, pasta and al forno, oven baked pasta, some with chicken.
The pizzas are stone baked in the oven, creating a crisp, authentic and delicious flavour, and they all come topped with mozzarella and tomato. Calzone introduce a touch of opulence with a folded pizza baked in the oven and topped with garlic butter and melted grana padano, whilst inside expect to find chicken or a vegetarian mix.
Amongst the specials may I warmly, in every sense, recommend the polpette al forno, a popular Milanese dish of beef meatballs sautéed in garlic with fire roasted peppers, caramelised onions, chilli and pomodoro sauce, with penne pasta, topped with cheese and oven baked.
An enticing selection of desserts list banoffee pie and tiramisu amongst them, and the coffee tastes like coffee, which may sound banal, but I guess you know what I mean.
Thanks to a well selected wine list speculative drinking can offer handsome dividends, even with prices rarely crossing the £20 barrier.
Pizza & Pasta
Lady Ediths Drive, Scarborough, YO12 5TD [Map]
Ox Pasture Hall has made quite a name for itself as one of those few luxury country house hotels that instils a feeling of striking freshness yet oozing rustic charm and style. Log burner, beamed ceiling and exposed stonework welcome diners into the charming Brasserie, that is open all day for friends, colleagues or just about anyone who'd like to catch up on some food, drink and friendly banter.
Their menu is relatively easier on the wallet when compared to the restaurant's, but the cooking is no less appealing and remains attuned to the seasons. A meal that could start with pressed ham hock terrine or tomato and goats' cheese tartlet, followed by chicken and mushroom pie, lamb shank, or grilled calves' liver with sage and onion mash, crispy bacon and red wine sauce. For dessert there may be a creamy mango rice pudding or white chocolate crème brûlée with shortbread biscuit.
British, Casual, Gastropub
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW [Map]
Raven Hall Country House Hotel, Ravenscar, Scarborough, YO13 0ET [Map]
4 Harcourt Place, Scarborough, YO11 2EP [Map]
Italian, Regional, Traditional
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