Yorkshire Life Luncheon - Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York
PUBLISHED: 09:07 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:57 02 November 2015
There is a warm welcome for everyone at one of Yorkshire's most luxurious hotels
Head chef Martin Henley excelled at the Yorkshire Life lunch at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York. Even the vegetarians among us felt at home as the dishes were served in the Chairman’s Suite overlooking a very busy city centre. Each course was a delight, paired with delicious wines and served with care and attention.
Yorkshire Life food and drink consultant Annie Stirk described lunch as superb and special. ‘Being able to come into this lovely hotel is a real treat,’ she added.
And that’s exactly the kind of experience this five star establishment hopes to achieve every day not just for visitors who travel from far and wide to enjoy York’s historic sights but for people who live locally. ‘We are very much about being part of our community here,’ says Louise Gee, hotel sales manager who has been with Cedar Court Grand from its beginning, worked and watched as it has become not only an important part of the city’s tourism economy but a local landmark meeting place.
‘Yes we are a five star hotel and there might be some who feel that they can’t just call in for a drink or lunch, but they can,’ says Louise. ‘You don’t have to be a hotel resident to enjoy our restaurant or the spa. We plan events for everyone to relax and enjoy such as our Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea for all things Alice in Wonderland.’
About the chef
Martin Henley began his career at Bettys Bakery in Harrogate where he learned how to make sumptuous cakes and chocolates. He’s also worked alongside the best at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate. He has been at the Cedar Court group of hotels for 10 years, serving as head chef in properties at Harrogate and Huddersfield. But the Cedar Court Grand presents a completely different challenge. ‘We’ve thought very hard about the Grill Room at the Grand concept. It is a classic feature of five star hotels, you’ll find them in all the great European properties and we believe it’s the ideal restaurant for the Yorkshire diner – classic, recognisable dishes and good honest food.’
The Grill Room, which has 2 AA Rosettes, is not just for staying guests. ‘Anyone can dine at the Grill Room. We’re a five star hotel but we are far from stuffy. We work hard at making it appear that we’re not working hard at it.’
Pressing of Pork - Cheek, belly, shoulder, date, brawn
Smoked Celeriac Veloute, Truffle cream, edible flowers
Smoked Fillet Steak - Shallot, jus, foie gras (served medium rare)
Mushroom Risotto, Parmesan crisps, pea shoots
Chocolate and Passion Fruit - Rum panna cotta, Chantilly cream, banana
By Cyriaque Lajoinie of Enotria Worldwide Wines, London
Vouray Brut, Loire Valley, Sylvian Gaudron
This is a refreshing summer drink, a great aperitif, bubbly and from a small French producer.
Little Yering Chardonnay, Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, Australia
This is a typical chardonnay suitable for all occasions with delicious tropical and citrus notes.
Unanime, Mendoza, Santa Ana
This Argentinian blend of Cab Sauv Malbec and Cabernet Franc offers delicate black fruit flavours with a punchy weight. A winning wine.
Le Passule Calabria Librandi
This is a superb, spicy, orangey dessert wine so Italian in style. Sweet but not overly heavy with an attractive creamy soft finish to round off a beautiful wine.
The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa