Restaurant review - The White Hart Hotel, Harrogate

PUBLISHED: 18:32 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:06 05 April 2013

Smoked haddock curry falafel and raita

Smoked haddock curry falafel and raita

Beautifully cooked favourite dishes served with a twist are on the menu at The White Hart Hotel, Harrogate as Jenny Green discovers

The one thing I have learned about hotel restaurants is that the warmer the welcome the greater guarantee the food will delight. If the restaurant management is confident as they greet you its because they know the menu is good. And thats the case at The White Hart Hotel, in the centre of Harrogate.

There is nothing pretentious about the dining room its high ceilings and pale decor gives it an airy atmosphere.

Theres good enough space between tables so you are not sharing someone elses evening uninvited.

The evening menu served from 6pm offers familiar dishes, many with a twist and all very tempting.

It took a while to decide but there was no urgency to choose, no hovering waiting staff instead a willingness to answer questions and give advice.

The head chef Mark Harris was cooking for us. He joined the team last year and has brought with him a wealth of experience hes worked in one, two and three Michelin Star restaurants including De-Zwetheaul in Holland, Marc Meneau, L Esprance in France and both Capital Hotel Restaurant and Le Gavroche in London.

Since his arrival The White Hart has won a two AA Rosette rating as well as Newcomer of the Year at the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards. I have been fortunate enough to work in some of the optimum restaurants around the world and bring with me a little piece from each one, he said.

I moved back to Harrogate and could see the investment going into the refurbishment of The White Hart Hotel. I knew straight away it had potential to become one of Yorkshires supreme dining establishments.

I chose a classic twice baked souffl as a starter which was luxurious and light, an ideal beginning. For my main course I chose venison served with green beans and pancetta and wasnt disappointed. It was a very satisfying dish.

My dining companion chose White Yorkshire Crab to start which she summed up with one word mmm! Beef chosen as her main course was cooked to perfection, almost melt in the mouth. Both of us tried to resist dessert but in vain. We had to plump for Beer n Nuts peanut butter, Guinness and craquant tangy, not too indulgent and surprisingly very good.

The White Hart serves food all day from breakfast to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and guests can enjoy sitting in either The White Hart brasserie or Fat Badger pub.

Mark has introduced a series of beer and wine clubs which take place at The White Hart on the first and last Tuesday of each month. Guests attending the events enjoy canaps on arrival, followed by three courses perfectly matched with beer / wine. Wine and beer experts are invited to talk at the events and introduce each course.

The White Hart Hotel
Cold Bath Road
Harrogate, HG2 0NF
01423 505681

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