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Host's note: this discussion was split from the Instant Pot. Multi-function cooker (Part 5) topic.
I do make good gravy if I don't say so m'self but I brought back Ahh Bisto gravy mix from England...just add granules to boiling water and some of the meat juices, stir and crazy delicious gravy in about 30 seconds!
First of all - just wanted to say I am extremely jealous of some of the choices you American's get as far as booze goes. Here in Canada - we can only get what our Liquor commission decides to sell - and we pay a hefty premium
I realise that few in this international community will visit North Yorkshire but if members do find themselves in this part of England and are looking for somewhere to eat I would recommend the Crathorne Arms, website here: http://www.thecrathornearms.co.uk/
The establishment is managed by Eugene McCoy, his family have owned and or managed a number of excellent restaurants, the Tontine is perhaps the best known although the McCoys are no longer involved. The company that now owns the Tontine has recently spent a small fortune on a refit and the place is now marketed as a boutique hotel. I’m not sure what qualifies a hotel as ‘boutique’ but it will be interesting to see if the restaurant reflects the excellence we enjoyed when the McCoys were there.
The ambience at the Crathorne Arms is warm and welcoming. They offer an option of fixed price menus alongside their full menu. The seafood pancake starter has been served, I think, at all McCoy establishments. In my view it is worth a visit to Crathorne just for that! Last time we ate there I had beef wellington and my husband enjoyed classic steak in pepper sauce. Service is always with a smile. There are live music nights from time to time and in summer there are tables outside.
Crathorne is a small village but it includes Crathorne Hall, a much larger hotel/restaurant. Web searches can result in confusion! I haven’t eaten at the Hall in recent years but we won a luxury weekend stay there around 20 years ago. Food was included, management hadn’t been to,d whether wine was also a part of the prize. They kindly decided that it was. We live less than 10 minutes from Crathorne so it was handy to go home each day to feed the cats! It was also great that we could both enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with dinner knowing that neither of us would need to drive home.
I rarely recommend places because of course everyone’s tastes are individual to them. I have made this exception because we have never been in any way disappointed with food eaten at the Crathorne Arms