Great Food at the Pipe and Glass Inn, Yorkshire
We recently had one of those experiences when everything aligns to create the perfect chance to visit a really great restaurant. Having booked a holiday in the pretty Yorkshire village of South Dalton, we then discovered that the Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn was a few steps from our holiday front door! So we booked of course.
A former coaching inn, the Pipe and Glass is set next to the beautiful Dalton Estate. We had visited nearby York restaurants Roots and the Star in the City, and were very much looking forward to to trying the food here.
The pub, expertly run by James and Kate Mackenzie, is spacious, inside and out, so great for visiting for a casual drink, or as a special occasion overnight destination restaurant. Luxury rooms, owned by the Pipe and Glass, are available both right outside the main building or just a gentle stroll away in the village. Chargers for guests arriving by EV are also available which we loved.
The main menu offers plenty of choice for meat and meat free diners- we did agonise for a good while as there were so many interesting sounding dishes! I chose from the vegetarian menu and enjoying having such a wide variety of opportunities. There is also a lunchtime menu for those wanting a drink and a quick bite. We saw plenty of cyclists and walkers making use of this during our holiday.
We visited for dinner and were warmly welcomed with the crunch of a crostini.
We started with some of the spelt bread which, true to the generosity of all of the the dishes at this restaurant, was hearty and served with a paddle of salted butter.
My starter was perfectly cooked English asparagus, served with a crispy hens egg and garden lovage mayonnaise. This starter can also be served with a chorizo jam for meat eaters.
Jon opted for the salt beef hash cake, served with a fried quails egg, crispy pickled onion rings and a zingy rhubarb ketchup. A very strong start to a great meal.
My main course was simply superb. Honey glazed salt baked celeriac was absolutely divine. Topped with a wild mushroom and leek ragout, winter truffle and hazelnuts. A really tasty and satisfying vegetarian main course. As a greedy pair, we added a side order of chunky chips to share of course.
Another great plate of food, the lamb Barnsley chop with its rich and tasty accompaniments; devilled kidneys, lamb shoulder boulangerie potato and a super minty sauce. Enjoyed with a side order of seasonal kale and broccoli. Lovely!
The afters menu was packed with wonderful sounding desserts and yes, we once again agonised over what to order. I enjoyed the dark chocolate millionaire pudding, with all the flavours of chocolate and caramel you would expect from the title, served with biscuit crumb and burnt butter ice cream. Super rich and comforting.
Jon’s afters was nothing short of spectacular. A large Yorkshire rhubarb trifle with rum soaked parkin, stem ginger custard and East Yorkshire sugar cakes. The little story of the cakes alongside was enjoyed by a very happy customer. He is still talking about this dish.
The Pipe and Glass Inn:
We loved the entire experience at the Pipe and Glass Inn. The restaurant feels special yet cosy, the service is friendly yet slick, and the food delicious, generous and comforting. It is so good in fact that we have rebooked to visit again soon, after all we do have plenty of great courses to go back and try!