The Plough Inn, 21-23 High Street, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PT
Situated just outside Scarborough you’ll find the picturesque village of Scalby. At the heart of the village sits The Plough, a lovingly refurbished pub/ restaurant and boutique hotel, which prides itself on offering locally sourced, quality food, craft ales as well as stylish accommodation in an informal, charming setting.
We decided to head over for a mid-week treat to relax and unwind and to sample their delicious menu after the Christmas turkey overdose.
We arrived on a dark and wet Tuesday evening to be greeted into the beautifully restored bar of The Plough, before being shown up to our amazing superior room with king size four-poster bed and roll top bath. After having a complete over haul of The Plough in October 2015, by award winning interior designer Rachel McLane, we were absolutely blown away by the attention to detail, style and luxury features our room had to offer. So much so we were nearly late for our table reservation in the cosy restaurant down stairs.
Finally making our way downstairs we then had the difficult choice what to order from the menu. Thankfully the restaurant manager Mark talked us through the dishes, how many to order to start from the Yorkshire Tapas section of the menu and advised us about the local and seasonal ingredients. We went with his recommendation of smoked haddock fishcakes, Yorkshire blue cheese salad and ham hock and black pudding terrine. I couldn’t help myself and also ordered the northern fried chicken after hearing it was the house speciality.
Not long after placing our orders and giving us just enough time to admire the homely and atmospheric surroundings of the restaurant, four beautifully presented dishes arrived. We decided to start with the warm dishes first, opting for the generous bowl of northern fried chicken. Perfectly seasoned then twice coated to give a real crunch while sealing in the juicy chicken, served with a homemade tomato dipping sauce. A great sharing dish to go with the craft beers available.
Our next dish was the homemade smoked haddock fishcakes with locally sourced fish just up the east coast from Hartlepool. Huge flakes of fish and floury potato fishcake, garnished with an intense lemon and caper relish, lemon mayo and finished with a lemon oil to add a splash of colour and flavour. A tasty dish executed well.
My personal favourite had to be the Yorkshire blue cheese salad, the presentation was beautiful and each ingredient complimented each other with ease. From the poached pear with a hint of oriental spices, the rich creamy Yorkshire blue and the sharp hit from the sour grape dressing, to the sweet crunch of the candied walnuts. Every taste sensation was covered, I’m nearly drooling just thinking back to this! Our final Yorkshire tapas dish didn’t disappoint either. Ham hock and black pudding terrine served with homemade pickles, a super sharp piccalilli puree then finished with parsley oil and caper berries.
The comparison between the dishes described on the menu to what arrives to the table completely blew us away, pub food it is not. Each dish is presented to the standard of a fine dining restaurant with more ingredients, tastes and flavours incorporated than expected. This ‘wow factor’ was a theme running throughout every dish enjoyed from Chef Jon Smith and his team.
After our plates were cleared and a few more drinks ordered from the bar, our mains followed shortly after. My partner opted for ‘Roast Hake fillet with hazelnut crumb, on a bed of wild mushroom, artichoke, white bean and ham hock stew’ from their specials board. The stew alone could have been a dish itself with an abundance of delicious flavours and ingredients served in a rich creamy sauce. Topped off then with a generous hake fillet that took the dish to another level. My partner was intrigued to try to the addition of hazelnut crumb with the fish, which added great taste and texture to a brilliant main course.
I was torn between the venison suet pudding and the seafood thermidor. After far too much deliberation I opted for the latter, a huge dish brimming with lobster, hake, scallops, mussels, monkfish and prawns coated in a rich creamy sauce, with cheese and breadcrumbs finished under the grill for a crunchy topping. Served with tender stem broccoli cooked on the plancha grill and buttered heritage potatoes, the main course sent me to seafood heaven! Incredible.
We were pretty stuffed from two very generous courses but couldn’t help ourselves when we saw the dessert menu. Thankfully Mark the restaurant manager was on hand to help us through some of the options and recommended two dessert wines to compliment our choices. Our first dish, a dark chocolate raspberry and pistachio delice was a chocoholics dream, ultra-rich and creamy with the addition of the sharp spike of the raspberry sorbet, perfectly paired with dark fruity black muscat to bring out the fruitiness of the raspberry.
Our next dessert, lemon and rosemary posset served with fresh blackberries, blackberry coulis and honeycomb was a creamy delight. Ultra light lemon posset with a hint of rosemary, balanced well with the shards of honeycomb and edible flowers to finish the dish. Another perfect pairing with the fruity Plaimont French dessert wine. Finally we managed to polish off the remaining desserts then head up to our luxurious room to go to bed.
After hitting snooze far too many times then getting ready to leave such a beautifully decorated room we headed downstairs to the restaurant for a hearty breakfast before hitting the road. The breakfast menu didn’t disappoint either with all ingredients sourced and reared locally. I opted for lightly smoked haddock and poached eggs while my partner went for a smaller full English breakfast, still quite full after the evenings feast.
We were sad to be leaving after such a short stay; we were impressed from start to finish. From the pub and restaurant to the luxury rooms, the attention to detail was impeccable. The menu and food really delivered such a great dining experience and also each member of staff really made the stay over extra special. We’re already planning our next adventure to the east coast and a stay and dine at The Plough.
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