The Malt Shovel

The Malt Shovel

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
Brearton, Harrogate, HG3 3BX
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The thriving heart of the charming village of Brearton, The Malt Shovel has long been applauded as a special place to visit. Just ten minutes outside of Knaresborough, a narrow country lane takes you to this 16th-Century pub that captures the essence of Yorkshire. From the tasteful antique furniture and exposed wooden beams to the roaring fire and candlelit tables, owner Matt has faithfully preserved the village pub as it should be - traditional, welcoming and honest.

Seated by the stove on a chilly Tuesday night, we browsed the menu while listening to the aptly chosen playlist of big band classics and crooners. The restaurant was busy, but the staff were enthusiastic and attentive throughout, and evidently enjoyed their job as much as we enjoyed our visit.

The chef has created a concise yet varied menu, and, although every dish sounded incredibly appealing, we finally settled on the black pudding Scotch egg and Malt Shovel smokie for starters. The latter - a baked ramekin of haddock, gruyere and cream - was scrumptiously indulgent, and we were blown away by the perfectly cooked Scotch egg, complete with a gooey centre.

The main course was equally impressive, with the slow-cooked ox cheek beef Bourguignon being an excellent contrast to the crisp, succulent Gressingham duck that my partner ordered. Both dishes were presented with elegance and care. With just enough room to sample a dessert, the smooth lemon posset topped with blackberry parfait provided a perfectly indulgent finale to a superb meal.

The Malt Shovel offers a tempting, unique selection of flawlessly cooked dishes, and the experience is made even more splendid by the atmospheric setting and genuine staff. After one visit to The Malt Shovel, you're sure to be looking for an excuse for a second
+3The Malt Shovel
Every Day
Food Served Times:
Tues:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Weds:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Thurs:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Fri:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Sat:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Sun:12pm-4pm

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