A Place to Stay and Enjoy Sheer Luxury in the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales…
Set in a 1400-acre estate, and home to the Bannister family for over 5 decades, The Coniston Hotel & Spa and estate originally started life as a farm shop selling produce from the estate and, some 50 years later, has grown to become one of North Yorkshire’s premium landmark destination hotels.
We were there to try the new menu, designed by new executive head chef, Simon Bolsover and being served in The Coniston’s fine dining restaurant, Macleod’s. This was quite exciting for us as Simon has previously worked in Seaham Hall Hotel, also being featured in this edition of H&N Yorkshire and one that we found to be outstanding.
There are 3 restaurants to choose from; Huntsman’s Lodge which is perfect for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, with magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding countryside from the terrace to enjoy on fine days, and a roaring open fire to keep you warm on the not so fine.
Nourish Brasserie in the spa, offers guests delicious dishes with a holistic approach and strong nutritional focus. Packed with colour, nutrition and an abundance of taste and ﬂavour, you can enjoy light bites and lunch or indulge in the spa afternoon tea.
We were having dinner in Macleod’s, a more traditional restaurant, very elegant with a feature grand piano, crisp white linen and impeccable service from the team from the moment we arrived. Marcin, Rafal and Razvan, thank you for making our visit memorable, you were brilliant.
Having decided to have a drink in the restaurant bar first, giving us chance to look over the menu, the barman asked if he could recommend our drinks. We told him we were partial to a gin and tonic and he produced 2 of the finest we have ever tasted. We were to discover that they have an extensive selection of gins, vodkas and mixers, the usual suspects were there, and accompanied by some we had never heard of and probably would never have tried, so well done that man! Impressive start.
Once seated at our table we noticed the healthy number of diners for a Thursday evening, most seemed to be from the local area and all were definitely regulars which implied the food was good.
Our starters were served. I chose Hand Picked Crab with mango, cucumber and seashore crackers; a really fresh, light dish which immediately transported me to the seaside, I loved it. My dining partner chose Cured Chalk Stream Trout with spiced avocado and Jersey royal. I had a taste and it was just as good as mine. We were obviously in the mood for fish that night and we were not disappointed.
Our mains comprised of Lamb Rump, cracked wheat with tarragon, tomato and feta cheese and Poached Chicken with truffle artichoke, chicken skin granola and poultry juices, we shared sides of glazed carrots and potato puree. Simply delicious, Simon’s cooking pedigree was on full show and we wager there will be AA Rosettes coming to The Coniston very soon.
Personally I was too full for a dessert, so we shared Thin Apple Tart with apples textures and clotted cream ice cream! Never too full to share and thank goodness I did, this was a marvellous this dessert.
All in all we both agreed that The Coniston Hotel has well and truly arrived on the culinary map. You better eat there soon before the waiting list starts. In fact why not stay over and enjoy the full Coniston experience? That’s definitely what we will be doing.
The Coniston Hotel
Telephone 01756 748080
Fax 01756 749487