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Cleveland Tontine Review: New look sets this foodie institution up for the future

Cleveland Tontine review written by YFG, photographed by YFG & the Provenance Inns Group

Cleveland Tontine Review: New look sets this foodie institution up for the future

Located just a stone’s throw from the North York Moors National Park, The Cleveland Tontine, like every business in the hospitality industry, had to close its doors in the wake of lockdown. However, the owners decided to use the time to give the Tontine a fresh look and feel for guests old and new, looking for the finest dining and boutique stays this North Yorkshire destination is famous for.

Cleveland Tontine Review Bedroom

Owners and operators, The Provenance Inns Group have given the beautiful 18th-century former coaching inn a meticulous transformation, with renovations and refurbishments to their seven quirky bedrooms, bar and dining areas, whilst retaining the beautiful period features of this foodie institution. Open fires, wooden floors and ornate features are in abundance. Together with a warm and friendly welcome that guests can expect from every venue they visit as part of the Provenance Inns group.

Brand New Take on Classic British Dishes

Not only has the Cleveland Tontine received a makeover. Executive Group Head Chef Jason Wardill and the team at the Cleveland Tontine have created a brand-new menu that offers a modern take on British classic dishes, whilst utilising the finest seasonal ingredients Yorkshire has to offer.

As part of the new menu, Jason and the team not only rely on the best suppliers and producers throughout the region, the group owns and manages one of Yorkshire’s most exclusive private gardens, the Mount St John Estate in Felixkirk. Eight full-time gardeners produce fruit, veg, herbs and flowers to supply the kitchens and menus throughout Provenance Inns range of Yorkshire locations.

Our Dining Experience

Their new menu showcases familiar dishes elevated to new heights from a team with a wealth of experience and accolades from some of the best restaurants in the UK and abroad. We started the evening with a tough choice from their sumptuous starters. Finally deciding on Salmon and smoked salmon fishcake and twice-baked Wensleydale cheese souffle.

Cleveland Tontine Review Salmon and Smoked Salmon Fishcake Starter

Huge chunks of Salmon and smoked salmon ribbons, encased in a crisp breadcrumb shell, sat on a bed of broad beans and fresh garden peas, finished with a buttery lemon and caper sauce. The souffle was a pillowy soft, cheesy dream of a starter. The crisp apple and fennel accompaniment paired perfectly with the subtle honey tones from the souflle.

Cleveland Tontine Review Twice Baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle

Main courses showcase a range of dishes to suit all tastes and appetites, all raised to a level guests can expect from visiting any of The Provenance Inns restaurants and hotels. From Black Sheep ale beer-battered haddock, Yorkshire Wagyu beef burgers to roasted spiced aubergine or Panzanella salad to suit vegan and vegetarian diners.

Cleveland Tontine Review Main Course Dishes

We opted for the slow-cooked belly pork, braised sticky cheek and crackling and slow-cooked shoulder of Yorkshire Lamb. The belly pork was so tender it practically collapsed under the fork, served with spiced carrot puree, tender stem, potato and parley croquette and a delicious apple cider sauce. Again, the Lamb could not have been cooked better, fall-apart, tender meat, pea and courgette puree, globe artichoke, slow-cooked tomato and basil jus rounded off a fabulous set of mains.

Cleveland Tontine Review Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder Main Course

Make sure you arrive hungry as to miss desserts would be a tragedy.  With a selection of sticky toffee pudding, affogato, and Pimm’s jelly with summer berries or a stunning selection of local cheeses from West Yorkshire’s Cryer and Scott, you’ll be spoilt for choice no matter how sweet or savoury you like your desserts.

Cleveland Tontine Review Chocolate Dessert

Our final choice of the evening went to the Iced chocolate, coffee mocha mouse and the blueberry parfait with freshly baked madeleines. The perfect balance of coffee and chocolate. Served with chocolate soil and a contrasting passion fruit curd to cut through the richness of this perfect pudding. A light, creamy parfait with just the right amount of fruit, together with a crisp, oven-fresh madeleine sponge cake, finished with lemon curd and candied pistachio.

Cleveland Tontine Review Blueberry Parfait Dessert

The Cleveland Tontine Review Final Thoughts

It was so great to be back at The Cleveland Tontine enjoying such stunning surroundings, warm and friendly service and the finest food and wines at one of Yorkshire’s longstanding foodie institutions. This was a feeling very much shared by our fellow diners. The restaurant was full on their re-opening day, we could overhear regulars speaking to staff about how they couldn’t wait to return. From candlelit dining for couples to hungry families or weary walkers ready for a pint, The Cleveland Tontine has created a welcoming homely environment and menu to suit all.

With the recent refurbishment and new menu showcasing delicious refined comfort food, The Cleveland Tontine will continue to be a number one destination for food lovers and countryside staycations for many more years to come.

The Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, Northallerton DL6 3JB – www.theclevelandtontine.com

Cleveland Tontine review written by YFG, photographed by YFG & the Provenance Inns Group


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