On other news, this week we visited The Fleece in Addingham. My parents dropped in to Yorkshire for a flying visit and we were looking for somewhere near Bolton Abbey for dinner - a quick twitter survey pointed us in the direction of the Fleece.
We arrived early evening on Sunday, expecting a quiet country pub serving good food. What we got was a traditional coaching house, super busy, with great food.
I was always going to like the place because within minutes the chap behind the bar recognised a few Edinburgh accents. The Fleece is the second outpost of a pub called the Sun Inn, near Dalkeith on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Sun Inn has been winning awards for a few years now and the team at the Fleece are hoping to emulate that success. I felt instantly at home.
We were shown down to our table in the cosy (and later a little too cosy!) dining room. They offered an a la carte menu as well as the two course set menu for £14.95.
|Prawn and crayfish cocktail|
|Ham hock croquettes (the oeuf appears to be hiding but the piccalilli was amazing)|
|Pan fried calves liver|
|Yorkshire Fettle salad with heirlooom tomatoes|
The main course menu was also very good but we were a little predictable and picked the fishy dishes - fish pie for dad and I and mackerel on a Catalan stew (I think) for Joe and mum. The fish pie was delicious - creamy, fishy, with a warming potato topping and peas on the side, while the mackerel was an unexpected Spanish surf and turf of Mediterranean vegetables with chorizo. Both were well received, full of flavour and well cooked. I could have done without the peas in the pie, given I also had them on the side, and my fish was perhaps sailing a little close to the firm side, but it was a truly enjoyable meal.
|Mackerel on Catalan stew|
Overall, I loved it. For a Sunday evening, the place was packed, and I don't think there was a single table free when we left. I'd like to give a few more of their dishes a try, and they have some interesting pre-order group dishes including a crustacean plate.
We were also told that they are hoping to set up a cookery school in the future, which sounds fantastic.
If looking for somewhere to eat in the West Yorkshire moors, I'd thoroughly recommend The Fleece. Simple produce, treated sympathetically but with a little spin of imagination, I will be back. It's just a shame they don't have rooms or I'd probably still be there now.
|The petit fours. Mmmm|