Storm at Dower House Hotel – Knaresborough

Storm restaurant at the Dower House Hotel, Knaresborough, was surprisingly empty over Sunday lunch time yesterday.

The quietness may have been to our benefit, as we were squeezing in a quick family lunch together (Sunday roasts were great, reasonably priced and service was attentive and friendly) but I wonder if locals aren’t missing out.


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Storm restaurant at Dower House Hotel


It’s a spacious, clean and comfortable restaurant overlooking gardens (where some local club meeting was taking place), close to Knaresborough train station and the River Nidd. The Head Chef, according to their website, trained with Michelin star chefs and specialises in modern European menus using seasonal ingredients.

You can choose from a set menu (about six choices for each course) at around £14 for two courses or £16 for three, or from daily specials on the blackboard.

The restaurant also accepts Tastecard (50% off a la carte food for up to 8 diners excluding Fridays and Saturdays but do check for latest conditions) making it exceptionally good value.


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Grilled Spring lamb cutlets, crushed new potatoes, seasonal veg + mint gravy @ £12.95



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Classic fish pie with crispy cheese-topped herb mash + seasonal veg @ £10.95 including a glass of wine


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Chicken in mushroom sauce with roast spuds + seasonal veg @ £9.95 (or half price @ £5.00 with a Tastecard)

I had the fish pie which was packed full of salmon (pink) and white fish (looking as appealing as it tasted), covered in soft fluffy mash with perfectly burnt crispy cheesy patches. The crunchy seasonal vegetables had been steamed which brought out their flavour.

The lamb cutlets were served pink (slightly rare) in the middle and tender, coated in a rich gravy.


More Sunday lunch dishes – November 2014:
We re-visited for Sunday lunch, early November 2014. At this time, it’s £14.95 for two courses or £16.95 for three.


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Grilled goats cheese starter


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Pate + toast starter


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Sunday roast beef + Yorkshire pudding


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Grilled swordfish with chilli + spring marinade + roast potatoes


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British
~ Address: Storm restaurant, Dower House Hotel, Bond End, Knaresborough, N Yorkshire, HG5 9AL
~ Nearest train station: Knaresborough (on the Leeds – Harrogate – York line)
~ Menus: Storm restaurant
~ Website: Dower House Hotel website
~ Location: Dower House Hotel map

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