Review on The Oak Tree
Alastair Ross spent 14 years in London working in the kitchens of the Savoy, Leith's and other venues before moving north with his wife Claire. They now run this North Country pub/restaurant (just north of the A66) with boundless enthusiasm: he's in the kitchen, she's out front working the bar, greeting customers and being the ever-helpful lady of the house.
Dinner menus and specials are posted on blackboard, the choice changes each day and the owners are keen to get as much as possible from their neighbourhood: food miles – or the absence of them – matter a great deal here. Meat, game and vegetables are all locally procured, although fish has to travel from the coast.
You might kick off with a warm salad of crispy pork belly and black pudding with honey and mustard dressing or home-cured salmon with smoked trout, caviar and sour cream. The modern European theme continues with crispy duck confit, roast sweet potato, wild mushrooms and merguez sausages or fillet of sea bream with crab and ginger cannelloni and shellfish sauce.
There's no slackening off when it comes to desserts, which could range from hot chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream to lemongrass pannacotta with mango compote and raspberry sorbet. Around two-dozen wines grace the short list and prices are very fair. Booking essential.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm Tue-Sat (5.30 - 10.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card