Since opening in 2012, word has spread about how good The Brasserie in The Courtyard is. Discover it within the stone-walled Courtyard complex – a large barn conversion where several independent businesses selling everything from cheese to furniture can be found. Head inside The Brasserie and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the contemporary, rustic interior that blends well with original barn features. An open kitchen means everyone can see the bustling chefs busy at work.
Owner and head chef Richard Wright has created a winning formula consisting of great customer service and a menu focusing on seasonality and local produce. Always looking for produce as close to home as possible, the team at The Brasserie promotes a ‘grow your own lunch’ scheme where members of the community bring in vegetables they’ve grown for the chef to use in return for dining vouchers. Food miles are kept to an absolute minimum. What’s more, they cure their own salt meat, smoke their own salmon and bake bread and cakes on-site each day.
The freshness and locality of the dishes are evident; the ever-changing menu is brimming with colourful British dishes, and the daily specials are determined and adapted depending on what produce is readily available. Start the day as you mean to go on with eggs Benedict or the full Courtyard breakfast. Sandwiches are available throughout the day and include honey-roast ham and piccalilli, and the tempting hot Yorkshire rarebit with sweet red onion chutney. You can add a portion of hand-cut chips for a more filling option.
From the main menu, perhaps start with smoked salmon roulade with baby leaf salad and croutons. Mains of roasted cured Scottish salmon with spicy Yorkshire chorizo paella and crevettes, and Cumbrian beef, Wye Valley mushrooms, rosemary and red wine suet pudding with mashed potato demonstrate Richard’s ability to whip up people-pleasing dishes. If you fancy something sweet, have a spot of afternoon tea or choose from the glorious homemade cakes and treats atop the counter.
If you can’t make it in the daytime, The Brasserie is now open three nights a week for dinner, proving just how popular this haunt has become. Next time you fancy a bite to eat, make a beeline for The Brasserie in The Courtyard – you won’t be disappointed.