Cleveland Tontine Review –
Its hard not to be impressed with excellent service and good food; and that’s exactly what we got following our recent stay over at the fancy and eclectic boutique Cleveland Tontine. We arrived and checked in with ease before being shown to our room by our host and General Manager, Bartek Malecki. Georgian in style and impressive throughout – The Cleveland Tontine boasts large rooms, comfortable beds and views across the North Yorkshire Moors which would make any hotel, or stay over, hard to match.
We took our seats at dinner next to an open fire. The intimacy of an open fire was further leveled by candlelight on every table; something which set the scene for an excellent night. The restaurant was busy and the service throughout our meal (and whole stay for that matter) was simply impeccable. We were in for a treat given that the Tontine’s Bistro had recently been recommended and featured in the Michelin Guide 2018 (this is on top of the Cleveland Tontine being awarded two AA rosette awards).
For starters we ordered Wood Pigeon breast which came with a deliciously rich boudin noir, puy lentils and celeriac. We also ordered a Taste of Seafood which was a North Sea feast of locally caught produce, including crab, langoustine, king scallop, smoked mussels and caviar. We sat back at the picture of food before us and admired the delicate work Head Chef Luke Taylor and his team had prepared for us before devouring (and occasionally sharing!) every last bite. It was an excellent start to the evening.
The fire was stoked and another log placed on top. At this point our table was being prepared for the main course. The generously served Provençale fish soup tasted excellent and like our starters proved just as exciting to look at as it was to eat. It arrived with delicious stone bass alongside a serving of mussels, langoustine, crisp sourdough and rich bisque. Our second order of a 21-day dry aged Yorkshire ribeye was a monster 10oz juicy steak. It was served with a creamy and smooth bearnaise, whilst the twice cooked chips, confit tomato and rocket salad proved just as popular as everything else we had experienced. Suitably full and having enjoyed every part of our evening so far, it would be impossible to turn down dessert.
Amongst the Yorkshire produce which had now become so familiar, we set our sights (and stomachs) firmly on apple crumble, served with panna cotta, sweet tasting apple macaroon, toffee apple and an impressive ginger bread ice cream. The indulgence of chocolate came with a just as impressive plateful of intrigue. The inventive sour cherry and chocolate sphere was served alongside a rich chocolate delice, white chocolate fondant and a suitably placed and well balanced sharp ice cherry and pistachio.
The next morning, we were able to admire and take in the glory of the views outside our bedroom window. The road opposite is the only thing holding the Tontine back from the mighty North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The rising hills and moorland are a familiar sight to those who have visited these parts of North Yorkshire before.
Breakfast was exceptionally Yorkshire but with a Teesside twist of loose leaf Ringtons on the side. With a good choice in different kinds of flavour we settled with a traditional and refreshing English breakfast tea. Morning diners at the Tontine can also expect a light continental on offer as well as a wide-ranging choice of cooked breakfasts. Locally sourced and thoroughly Yorkshire we both tucked into a delicious full English breakfast of black pudding, smoked back bacon, sausages and tomato. As we left and said our goodbyes, we agreed it had certainly been a memorable stay over at one of Yorkshire’s very best.
Cleveland Tontine Review – Written by Paul Conboy, follow on Instagram and Twitter @fatfoodclub
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