Review on Hazlewood Castle, The Vavasour Restaurant
The ancestral home of the Vavasour famly, Hazlewood Castle stands on a Domesday-vintage site surrounded by dreamy parkland and historic landscaped grounds between York and Leeds. It may look ancient – with its battlements, walled garden and family chapel – although much of the current building actually dates from the 1960s.
It's a curious and eccentric amalgam of historic periods and styles, with bits tacked on from other stately homes - a Flemish hall, a library with a Tudor ceiling, wallpaper from the Great Exhibition, and so on. No wonder it's a favourite destination for weddings and corporate bashes; there are even regular cookery masterclasses.
The jewel in the hotel's crown is The Vavasour Restaurant which makes an easy-going backdrop for talented Head Chef Tim Hamer, who showcases modern and traditional seasonal dishes using first-class local produce. Kick off with a starter of grilled mackerel, toasted focaccia, spring onion and tomato salsa and lemon dill or pressing of ham, pickled baby onions, carrots, parsley cress, honey mustard dressing and rye bread. Main courses offer olive stuffed lamb breast and roast rack, fricassee of peas, beans and globe artichokes. Finish with a dessert of baked vanilla cheesecake, pistachio meringue, lemon curd and macerated blueberries or a sticky toffee pudding paired with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Hazlewood Castle, The Vavasour Restaurant is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri, 12.00 - 2.00pm Sun
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express