We all know and love The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa at Bolton Abbey; its reputation spreads far and wide, as does their fantastic private dining restaurant, The Burlington.

However, they have another restaurant, The Devonshire Brasserie and Bar, which has a completely different style of décor and food, we wanted to try this for a change. Sunday lunch seemed like a good option as it’s a lovely drive to Bolton Abbey and we could make a leisurely day of it.

Luckily enough the day we visited was a beautiful, hot sunny day making the drive there very enjoyable, taking in the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside in the full sunshine is glorious. We hadn’t anticipated that the weather would bring out an abundance of walkers, cyclists and people with the same idea as us; looking to enjoy Sunday lunch. Thankfully we had booked our table, there were lots of people being turned away who hadn’t.

This vibrant brasserie and bar has a riot of rich jewel colours and contemporary art, this together with the buzz of locals and guests makes it a really unique little spot. Today was particularly busy and we hoped there was plenty of roast beef left!

We were seated at a table immediately in front of the bar, a very busy area to be for eating as people from the seating outside were frequently lining up in front of our table to get drinks at the bar, however it was the last table left and with so many people being turned away, we settled in and looked over the menu.

I’m pleased to say this is a really traditional Sunday lunch menu and it didn’t take us long to make our choices; Prawn Cocktail with baby gem and Marie Rose and Textures of Beetroot with goats cheese bon bon for starters, with Roast Rump of Beef and Roast Loin of Pork Loin with traditional accompaniments for our main courses.

The prawn cocktail was the deconstructed version, on a plate. Lovely and fresh, simple flavours and a perfect starter. I am passionate about beetroot and if there is ever a beetroot starter on a menu, it’s mine. I wasn’t disappointed, this was a more complex starter in ingredients and flavours and one that ticked all of my boxes.

As the restaurant emptied of other diners and the bar queue died down, we felt more relaxed and took our time to enjoy the main courses. The beef and the pork were cooked to perfection and the plates provided manageable portions which left room for dessert. It’s not often I have room for dessert but there were a couple of my favourites on the menu, and after a short rest we ordered Passionfruit Cheesecake with mango sorbet and Vanilla Pannacotta with strawberries and strawberry ice cream.

Out of the 2 I couldn’t decide which I wanted, so we shared. That way we each had a taste of both desserts and came to the conclusion they were as good as each other, no clear winner and no disappointment.

It had been a really enjoyable day out and we returned home relaxed, full and pleased that we had tried The Devonshire Arms Brasserie and Bar. Let’s face it, a Sunday would not be complete without a traditional Sunday roast, so why not treat yourself to one here next time. Just make sure you book!

The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa

Bolton Abbey Estate


North Yorkshire

BD23 6AJ

Tel: 01756 718100