Great North Road, Wentbridge, Pontefract, WF8 3JJ
Centuries-old trees surround the privately owned four-star Wentbridge House country hotel, in a suitable nod to the elegance and sense of tradition that lie within. The hotel's award-winning Fleur de Lys Restaurant is famous for attracting cosmopolitan epicures - and it's no wonder. The wine list is one of the most extensive in Yorkshire, and the restaurant holds two AA rosettes and an AA 'Notable Wine List' award for 2010-11. Meanwhile, the Wentbridge Brasserie & Bar offers more contemporary surroundings and culinary delights. Many wines are available by the glass, the service is less formal and the food modern British - but the sense of quality and style is in no way diminished. My mussels in a sumptuous white wine and cream sauce were divine; and my guest relished his asparagus wrapped in Serrano ham and served with hollandaise sauce. He equally enjoyed his Croft House Farm lamb with creamed savoy cabbage and rosemary, while my surprisingly delicate beef Wellington with Dauphinois potatoes and shallot and Port sauce was quite simply the best I have ever tasted. With exceptional service, delectable food and blissful surroundings, dining at the Wentbridge is nothing short of an absolute delight.