York and Harrogate
There are lots of lovely places to eat in York and Harrogate, but if you travel a little further afield, you will find equally lovely places to eat. One such place is the Hideaway Kitchen. An independent, family run business nestling in the lovely village of Lower Dunsforth. About 16 miles north of the centre of York and about 15 miles north of the centre of Harrogate. It was co-founded by chefs Georgina and Amelia in October 2017.
Warm, inviting and friendly.
I loved the dining room settings and the atmosphere. Warm, inviting and friendly. A place you could sit all day and evening enjoying good food and company. I’m told some guests have been known to stay from mid morning to late evening. The Hideaway Kitchen has that feeling of being welcomed into someone’s home. So comfortable that you don’t want to leave.
Our first course was a sharing plate of
- Houmous, dukkha and sour dough.
- Salty pork crackling strips
- Pickled cockled popcorn.
I loved everything about this sharing plate. The not too sour bread dipped in Olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. The Pickled Cockle Popcorn had a light crispy edge to it. So moreish they were the first plate to be emptied. I eat cheese almost every day for lunch and I wish I’d asked the name of this one. It was creamy, sharp and tangy. The sort to nibble on while you converse with your fellow diners.
Our next course was so full of fresh flavours. The mojama ( salt cured tuna) was something that I’ve never tasted before. It was a delight.
This was my favourite course. The chicken was moist and flavoursome and I adored the satay dipping sauce.
Tuna is another of my favourite fish to eat. Normally I would eat it well cooked, but this carpaccio with grated parmesan was new to me and I loved it too. Just the right amount of paramesan not to overpower the fresh flavour of the tuna. A palate cleanser after the chicken.
Charred Lamb Rump
The lamb was melt in the mouth and although the chimichurri dressing was a little too much for me, I’m not a fan of hot flavoured dishes. For anyone who has the taste for them, this course might suit your palate nicely.
This dessert was the perfect end to a perfect meal. Fresh strawberries and pistachios always go well together.
Kitchen Garden on the patio
We saw the Basil, used in the recipes, being picked from the kitchen garden. This was in the form of a raised bed which had other fresh growing produce such as sweet corn. It made the perfect backdrop on the patio where other diners were sitting and enjoying the summer evening air.
This really is a place worth traveling to. It took me around 45 mins from South Leeds where I live. The drive along the country roads on a summer’s evening, and back, was surreal for me.
Check out their menu.
There’s a good menu choice for lunch/evening, brunch and sunday lunch. The Sunday Lunch changes weekly with a fish and vegetarian option available.
Website: The Hideaway Kitchen
Disclaimer: No charge was made for my visit. All words and opinions are my own.