North Yorkshire restaurant guide - The Tanglewood, York

PUBLISHED: 14:16 28 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

North Yorkshire restaurant guide - The Tanglewood, York

North Yorkshire restaurant guide - The Tanglewood, York

The Tanglewood serves up a sizeable menu with a slice of showbiz nostalgia as Tony Greenway reports



The print version of this article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life

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Back in September I reviewed The Copper Horse, an unforgettable pub and restaurant in Seamer, near Scarborough. Apart from the excellent food, this was a memorable night out because the walls are covered with wonderful theatrical memorabilia.


I liked it so much I decided to visit The Copper Horses sister venue for lunch, The Tanglewood, on the Malton Road near York. Like The Copper Horse, the Tanglewood is owned by leading theatre producer Nick Thomas and it too is full of fascinating framed theatre pictures.

Theres a big black and white still of Eric and Ernie as you walk in; a selection of Radio Times covers near the bar; magazine pages decorating the ceiling and, everywhere else, film posters and photographs. It cant be easy to hang a big Carry On film poster on your restaurant wall and still look cool and classy but, somehow, the Tanglewood achieves it brilliantly.

The interior is painted a heritage red, the bar is long and well-stocked and the seating is well-padded and comfy. As a space, the Tanglewood is cosy but not claustrophobic and very well planned.

We took it over early last year, says manager Simon Finnigan. When we came in, we refurbished the interior and put in a new kitchen. We couldnt work with it as it was.

Well, the new look Tanglewood is


Back in September I reviewed The Copper Horse, an unforgettable pub and restaurant in Seamer, near Scarborough. Apart from the excellent food, this was a memorable night out because the walls are covered with wonderful theatrical memorabilia.

I liked it so much I decided to visit The Copper Horses sister venue for lunch, The Tanglewood, on the Malton Road near York. Like The Copper Horse, the Tanglewood is owned by leading theatre producer Nick Thomas and it too is full of fascinating framed theatre pictures.

Theres a big black and white still of Eric and Ernie as you walk in; a selection of Radio Times covers near the bar; magazine pages decorating the ceiling and, everywhere else, film posters and photographs. It cant be easy to hang a big Carry On film poster on your restaurant wall and still look cool and classy but, somehow, the Tanglewood achieves it brilliantly.

The interior is painted a heritage red, the bar is long and well-stocked and the seating is well-padded and comfy. As a space, the Tanglewood is cosy but not claustrophobic and very well planned.We took it over early last year, says manager Simon Finnigan. When we came in, we refurbished the interior and put in a new kitchen. We couldnt work with it as it was.

Well, the new look Tanglewood isworking a treat. This is a great stop-over on the way to the coast but its foodie reputation means that its become a favourite with many York-dwellers, too.

We sat in a corner table by the window underneath a poster for the spy spoof movie Our Miss Fred starring Danny La Rue. To start, I chose the baby mozzarella and beef tomato served on fresh rocket and drizzled with basil pesto, a sculptural treat (the mozzarella was layered within the tomato) as well as a culinary one. Pesto, as tasty as it is, can overpower everything else on the plate but this dish was delicately balanced.

My wife, meanwhile, ordered a generous slab of deep fried brie coated in breadcrumbs, which was perfectly accompanied by cranberry jam and the signature hunk of warm granary bread for us both to share.

For main course I opted for the pan fried supreme of chicken filled with asparagus spears and brie in a white wine sauce; not an easy choice to make because the menu at the Tanglewoodgoes on and on. But the chicken and the handcut chips served with it were sensational, and on the large side (portions are not skimped here). For her main course, my wife enjoyed local handmade sausages (from Sykes House Farm), served on a bed of mashed potato and red onion marmalade, with rich browned onion gravy.

This was lunch, remember, so we could easily have skipped dessert. But when the menu came, we couldnt resist the Tanglewood Eton Mess (for me) and the vanilla crme brle (for her). The crme brle was served with summer berry compote and was light yet thick and creamy. My Eton Mess of fresh strawberries, crushed meringue and whipped cream was topped with a strawberry coulis and served in a brandy snap basket.

It was light and refreshing and the brandy snap basket was a neat idea. Whats more, our visit was made even more memorable thanks to the friendly service expertly delivered by Simon and his team.

Carry on cooking, we say.




The Tanglewood
Malton Road (A64), York
North Yorkshire, YO32 9TW
01904 468611

thetanglewood.co.uk


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