At the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find the opulent country house hotel, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa on the Bolton Abbey Estate. Here resides The Burlington, a fine dining restaurant that has been awarded four AA rosettes. Built in the 17th century, it has been under the ownership of the Duke of Devonshire since 1753. The residence retains its history with antique furniture, fine oil paintings and roaring open fires to provide a warm and cosy welcome. The splendid grounds provide a stunning backdrop to the Dales.
Pre-dinner drinks were offered in a choice of lounges, where a charming yet relaxed sommelier was on-hand to offer his expert knowledge on the impressive wine list, which includes vintages dating back to 1928. We chose an unusual Mourvedre that had good length and just enough tannins to balance the fruit.
An eight-course tasting menu or three-course à la carte is available; we chose the latter – a tasting menu in itself. Beforehand, we enjoyed a wonderful selection of appetisers including a wafer-thin cracker topped with textures of swede, Japanese seaweed wrap and feather-light dumplings filled with Gruyère and topped with sesame. Next, we opted for an amuse-bouche of roe deer with Alsace rose jelly that was tender and sweet, with a touch of spice. We sampled a starter of poached rabbit, chorizo, Jerusalem artichoke and girolles. Every ingredient experimented with texture, including purée, crisp, jelly and foam, and the dishes were a testament to the talent of the head chef and his team.
The presentation was skilful and every mouthful was delicious. My main course showcased meaty John Dory with soft Cornish mussels and seaweed sweetened by caramelised onion. My partner chose an imaginative suckling pig dish. Next, the pre-dessert of pineapple and coconut ice cream with burnt sugar and a hint of coriander was wonderfully refreshing and cleansed the palate perfectly. Desserts were equally pleasing – the deconstructed Double Decker was irresistible, while the spiced quince dish with chocolate, walnut and whiskey tart featured flavour combinations that worked perfectly. Ending the evening in the quiet, relaxing lounge, we enjoyed coffee and petits fours, before leaving the blazing fire to head home.
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