Review on Drum and Monkey

'The best fish restaurant in North Yorkshire,' was The Tatler's verdict on the Drum and Monkey, a Harrogate veteran which has been playing to full houses for more than three decades. The restaurant occupies a converted pub in the town's posh Montpelier Gardens district and it's essential to book well ahead.

Downstairs is the bar area, where tables are apparently so highly prized they might almost have the regulars' nameplates attached. Above is the main dining room, where old-school manners and formality reign and the atmosphere can seem almost like a recherchι Parisian neighbourhood restaurant.

Over the years, the place has stuck to its guns: it resolutely offers nothing for meat eaters and confines vegetarians to – perhaps – asparagus with hollandaise or a cheese salad. Seafood is the business, supplies arrive daily from ports around the UK, and value for money is a big plus. The style is unashamedly 1970s (or even earlier!) with rich cream-laden sauces much in evidence, although the kitchen knows how to get the best from spanking fresh raw materials.

Hot and cold shellfish platters vie for attention with seafood Mornay croustades, smoked haddock Florentine, grilled Dover sole and – of course - lobsters, which are given the full treatment. Vegetables are bountiful, while ice creams are alternatives to the clutch of calorie-laden puddings (sherry trifle, treacle tart, chocolate and Grand Marnier mousse). Fish-friendly whites show up well on the keenly priced wine list.

Drum and Monkey is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide

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Keith Penny and Matty Barnett

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12:00 - 2.00pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Thu (9:30 Fri - Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

Online Booking Availability for Drum and Monkey

Facilities at Drum and Monkey

  • Vegetarian menu
  • 62 covers


Drum and Monkey
5 Montpellier Gardens
North Yorkshire

Customer Ratings on Drum and Monkey

2.8  / 5

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  • avatar
    John B
    March 2013

    28 people found this review helpful
    Lost the plot

    For those of you who have frequented and loved the place over the years.. the Drum now is a pale and shallow imitation of what it once was.

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