Goldsborough Hall

Tucked away in the quiet village of Goldsborough is the splendid, historic Goldsborough Hall, whose weathered stone exterior overlooks extensive grounds that are an attraction in their own right. Here, tranquil surroundings envelop you in a genteel ambience that seems a world away from today’s hustle and bustle.

Beneath spectacular sparkling chandeliers, traditional furnishings, artwork and décor create a sumptuous style, immediately warm and welcoming. The library and drawing room provide relaxing seating areas and the beautiful orangery overlooking the gardens is ideal for receptions as well as lunchtime dining.

Service is impeccable, delivered by friendly, knowledgeable staff who introduce every dish and are on hand to fulfil any additional request. Chef Adam is happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements ensuring a wonderful experience for all.

We sipped pre dinner drinks in the wood panelled library where a crackling fire and festive seasonal decorations were a cheering sight on a cold winter evening. Tiny, tasty canapés were served: a promise of treats to follow.

We nibbled on warm bread: apricot and pecan was an absolute favourite, but the black squid ink variety was worth trying. Our starters, wild mushroom risotto with Arlington egg yolk and Kadaif nest, and Whitby crab with apple, celery and pecan were delicious. Flavours and textures tantalised as we munched in appreciative silence: the tang of lime, the crunch of an apple crisp, the velvety smooth rice all delighted.

My choice of spicy monkfish tail, onion bhaji and mussel mulligatawny for the main course were a revelation, with the meaty fish enhanced by the mild curry spice. My partner chose charcoal cooked loin of venison, pumpkin loaf and game tea: tender pink venison in flavoursome sauce was mouth-wateringly good. Herbed new potatoes and winter greens were the perfect accompaniments to mop up every drop of sauce.

We deliberated the dessert choices while savouring glasses of an excellent Merlot. Burnt cream, spiced plum and doughnut for me and almond cream, confit pear, pastry shards and pear sorbet for my partner looked almost too good to eat. We paused to enjoy the artistic presentation of our desserts then sighs of contentment ensued as we finished every last morsel. Coffee and petit fours completed a truly memorable feast.

Goldsborough Hall is the ideal venue for celebrations including weddings. Open to non residents for lunch, afternoon tea and evening dining, the elegant yet homely surroundings, attention to detail and high standard of personal service make any day a special occasion.

Read our review of Goldsborough Hall here, or find restaurants in Harrogate on our website, or download our market leading smartphone app.

Val Gilmour

Val has written for the Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide for 8 years , she has enjoyed a varied career and enjoys dining and trying new places throughout the region.

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