Review: Fine Dining at Goldsborough Hall*

Goldsborough Hall,

Church Street,

Goldsborough,

North Yorkshire,

HG5 8NR

You may remember Goldsborough Hall from my previous post regarding the launch of their dining room.

After a lovely launch event, Des and I were kindly invited to come and experiencing dining at Goldsborough for ourselves! Needless to say, we were delighted, especially as I had fallen in love with the building and grounds.

Goldsborough hall is aesthetically everything you would expect from an 17th century hall - lavish, elegant and a touch imposing. The rooms have been beautifully renovated and as you can see, introduce themselves.

As we had already explored the 5* rooms on offer and tried some wonderful canapes during our last visit, our expectations were very high. We knew the location could certainly deliver, but the question remained whether the service and food would live up to the grandiose surroundings.

dining room at goldsborough hall
dining room at goldsborough hall

The Dining Room

dining room at goldsborough hall
dining room at goldsborough hall

The Library

We arrived at Goldsbrough to a warm welcome from the staff, who I must say are extremely pleasant and helpful.

Immediately it became clear that this was a night which would not be rushed, as we were directed to firstly take a seat in the library. Once we were comfortably seated, our drinks orders were taken and we were given time to view the a la carte menu from which we were dining from.

I personally loved this unhurried approach, as it gave us time to soak in the atmosphere, relax and properly make our choices from the menu. I imagine it might be annoying for those who want a quick dining experience, though this would not be the place to come for such a thing.

The wine list was suitably long with a wide variety of choices, we were also told that if required, the more exclusive bottles could be brought up from the house cellar. Even though they were certainly out of our budget, it was nice to be told about!

Along with our wine, we were also served a small amuse-bouche which consisted of a light lobster salad and chilli battered prawns with a subtle but present zing, these certainly sated our appetite for what was to come!

After enjoying this little taster and a glass of wine, we were taken through to the candle lit dining room.

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Our starters certainly delivered on expectation, in fact so often they are my favourite part of a meal! The combination of presentation and wonderful flavours indicated that these were dishes from an experienced kitchen.

Now I hope the following omission only serves to highlight how relaxed I became in the Library before dinner... I actually made the rather silly error of not noting down the menu, which is a pretty basic food blogger fail.

I therefore do hope you can forgive my slightly less than desired dish descriptions below, though I do feel that the pictures themselves show the quality and care that had been taken over them!

It is also worth noting that the menu is constantly changing, reflecting the seasonality of local produce and the dynamic direction the dining room has taken under Head Chef Paul Richardson-Mackie. So this post is therefore not a canonical guide to the menu, which actually makes it  lot more interesting to write (and hopefully read!)

dining room goldsborough hall
dining room goldsborough hall

Pigeon with Breaded Quail Egg

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Home Smoked Duck with Pomegranate and Cherry

Next was the Chef’s choice intermediate course, which consisted of a succulently crisp piece of cod served on a tomato puree base.

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Our mains were well played again and extremely filling! My beef in particular had a wonderful depth of flavour, especially the oxtail pudding, which was yielding and tender.

Des' monkfish was certainly had the best visual appeal though! The mussel certainly added a touch of decadence. The fish, like the beef, was perfectly cooked and sensually engaging.

By this point we were fully immersed into the evening and were feeling wonderfully content. whilst there were other diners in the room, we were all a comfortable distance away from each other. This is something I often find lacking in many resturants - personal space! However at Goldsborough, we were suitably secluded on our table island.

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Pan Roasted Beef with Oxtail Pudding, Shallot Purée, Buttered Kale & Thyme Jus

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

 Monkfish wrapped in Yorkshire Pancetta, Savoy Cabbage, Potato Gallete & Mussel Velouté

By the time it came to dessert we were almost stuffed, thank god for dessert stomachs though! My fondant was everything you could expect of a chocolate based dessert, rich, oozing and warm.

Des went for the traditionally British choice of bread and butter pudding, however at Goldsborough this came with a twist! The caramelised banana added a new dimension to what can be quite a bland dessert.

With our sweet cravings sated, we ended the meal on an extremely high note!

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Chocolate Fondant

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

Bread and Butter Pudding with Caramelised Banana

Fine dining goldsborough hall
Fine dining goldsborough hall

One satisfied lady (also check out the fireplace!!)

I have no hesitation in recommending Goldsborough Hall after what we experienced! The food was superb and really did live up to our expectations.

If I was to be picky, my only comment would be that whilst the waiting staff are friendly and professional, at times they slightly walked over the line from attentive to overbearing. This is however a very small point and did by no means ruin the evening.

I mention it because the dining hall is such an intimate and romantic setting, meaning that intrusions are more noticeable at times. However this is still a dining experience in it's infancy and therefore I expect that over time, the staff will only become more attuned to their environment.

*Des and I enjoyed our meal on a complimentary basis. As always, my reviews remain unbiased and honest, regardless of their source!

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