The Devonshire Fell
A picturesque five-mile jaunt north of Bolton Abbey, The Devonshire Fell sits overlooking the village of Burnsall. With views of the fells and the River Wharfe, a table in the light and airy conservatory is the perfect spot to enjoy the scenery during the summer months. On arrival, we received a warm and friendly welcome from the staff. To start, the succulent salted cod fritter and venison sausage roll appetisers set the standard for the top-quality food and attentive service we received throughout.
The Devonshire Fell boasts a varied and sophisticated menu, which places an emphasis on game and highlights fresh seasonal produce. To start, I chose the heritage beetroot salad with roasted beetroot, purée and crisps. This was accompanied by an olive tuile filled with goat’s cheese. It was refreshing to see everyday ingredients transformed into something so deliciously innovative. My partner chose potted rabbit, which was tender, wholesome and beautifully seasoned. This was paired with a choice of sea salt white bread and wholemeal walnut loaf, both of which were fresh and flavoursome. A delicious wild mushroom butter, whipped to a light and delicate consistency, was the perfect accompaniment.
The chef prepares a different flavour of butter every day, including the likes of smoked bacon, tomato and beetroot, which proves to be a current favourite. For mains, we chose venison loin with braised haunch and partridge, which was offered on or off the bone. Both were rich, tender and cooked to our liking. The smooth dark merlot we opted for complemented our meals perfectly and enhanced our dining experience. The dessert menu showcases a delectable range of sweet treats; from traditional classics to modern inventions, there’s something for everyone. We chose the pear and frangipane tart and the salted caramel parfait, which were both of equal standard and the perfect end to an exceptional meal. The Devonshire Fell can also be hired for corporate events and makes a beautiful backdrop for wedding celebrations.