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The Carpenters Arms Felixkirk Review

The Carpenters Arms Felixkirk Review – Best Restaurants Thirsk – Written by Sarah Cotterill, follow on Twitter and Instagram @scottnodot – 

The Carpenters Arms Felixkirk Review

With sweeping views across the Vale of Mowbray, the little picturesque village of Felixkirk is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Nestled between the Hamilton Hills and Yorkshire Dales, The Carpenter’s Arms is a proper countryside inn, with roaring fires, tartan furnishings and low original beams. Arriving in the smell of woodsmoke, via the wiggling roads from the nearby market town of Thirsk, I already know I want to stay here forever.
The cosy pub was full of locals on a Friday night and provides the warmest of welcomes to any weary traveller. As I check into my room, there are already queues for the car park, a good indication of the quality of the food and drink on offer here. It’s also game season, and the staff tell me this is a popular spot for hunters pre and post-shoot, hence the abundance of tweed and local produce on the menu. Plus with Yorkshire Ales on tap, an extensive wine and hand-crafted cocktail list, there’s no wonder why The Carpenter’s Arms are doing excellent trade in such a remote location.

There are two traditional rooms above the pub, and then set back from the glass-sided dining area, they’ve built eight contemporary garden rooms around a well-kept square of flowerbeds, vegetable patches and hedgerows; each is en-suite and mega comfortable. Mine, Number 1: Arden, has it’s own patio with table and chairs facing the fields, a ridiculously massive bed, flat screen TV and both a thick check carpet and flagstone floor. They’ve added lovely little homely touches, like Emma Bridgewater mugs and homemade lemon cookies on the tea tray, H2K toiletries, and towelling robes hanging in the wardrobe. Robes, I repeat, robes – the best part of a hotel stay for me, always feeling cheated when they don’t offer you one. Slightly dishevelled from getting monumentally lost on a hike around Kirkham Priory, I was in the bath and robed within half an hour. There’s also a waterfall shower, separate seating area, and with open fires in some of the rooms, it really is perfect for a night or two of luxury away from the daily grind of urban life.
You’re also in for a treat when it comes to eating, thanks to a varied A La Carte menu, featuring classics that you’ll see across Provenance’s other Yorkshire Inns and Hotels, plus daily changing Blackboard Specials, designed here by Head Chef Lee Purcell. Before we began proceedings, a board of homemade herby hummus and black olive tapenade was a welcome nibble with our very quaffable La Brouette House Rose. With an R in the month, we went boldly for the Moules starter off the specials menu, a steaming enamel pot housing a creamy white broth with crusty bread for mopping. I thoroughly enjoyed a Fig, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Bruschetta, topped with rocket and pesto, brought together beautifully by a drizzle of Wild Flower Honey.

For the Mains, there’s an arduous choice between Cold Kirby Beef, locally shot Game, and fish from Hodgeson’s of Hartlepool, with all their fruit, veg and flowers coming in every Thursday from owner Chris Blundell’s Mount St John estate. Try the Stonebass, accompanied with crunchy courgettes and shaved fennel, pancetta and a soft saffron aioli, or the fragrant vegetarian Sweet Potato Curry with slivers of toasted almond. The food isn’t too rich or overindulgent, so there’s plenty of space for a dessert to round off your meal. We chose the bubbly Milk Chocolate and Caramel Mousse, a match made in heaven, served with a cleansing strawberry sorbet. If you like a bath bomb, try the Lavender and Blackberry Bavarois specked with lemon thyme and chunks of honeycomb. Curling up beside the log burner for a nightcap, you can just make out the twinkling lights of the villages across the valley, and as you hop back across the garden, perhaps the stars too.

The Carpenter’s Arms have really made the most of their location, with those same stunning views, a wonderful addition to the breakfast table in the morning light. There’s a choice of hot options made to order, and a selection of fresh fruits, granola, yoghurt and juices, plus an inviting platter of waffles and flaky croissants. A particular mention has to go to the wonderful staff, especially our waitress Angelika, who was young and immaculately trained, going above and beyond to sort me out, having foolishly forgotten my make up remover!

If you are looking for a bolthole to explore the North York Moors, or simply a relaxing countryside retreat, this really is the place for it. Look out for the Gin Tasting and Yorkshire Tapas event on the 2nd of November, and the regular Italian and Steak nights. With produce and surroundings as sumptuous as this, you won’t be disappointed.
Find out more about The Carpenter’s Arms Felixkirk
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Carpenter’s Arms, 1 Church View, Felixkirk, Thirsk YO7 2DP – 01845 537369
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The Carpenters Arms Felixkirk Review – Best Restaurants Thirsk – Written by Sarah Cotterill, follow on Twitter and Instagram @scottnodot 

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