Drum + Monkey – Harrogate

Poo and I were utterly amused to see a celebrity comedian sitting in a corner of the ground floor bar when we entered the Drum & Monkey.

We did a good job of suppressing our excitement though as he looked relaxed and content on his own, immersed in some reading/writing (I’d seen him ‘live’ before on the London comedy circuit – first at the Chuckle Club around the millennium then at the Hackney Empire – before he made it big and went on to TV, so there was something pleasing about seeing him post-success and clearly enjoying a moment out of the limelight… oh go on then I’ll tell, it was Alastair McGowan).

Poo and I had a glass of prosecco for aperitifs before being shown up to our table on the first floor (by a window, with a view on to Montpellier Gardens).

Avocado + crab starter @ £6.45

Seafood mornay starter @ £6.95

For starters, I had avocado and fresh crab on a bed of green leaves @ £6.45, while Poo had croustades of seafood mornay – rounds of garlic bread filled with an assortment of fish and mushrooms in a cheese sauce @ £6.95. Both were excellent.

Monkfish in pepper + tomato sauce @ £15.00

Grilled hake + Toulouse sausage @ £15.00

For main course, I had one of my old favourites, monkfish in pepper and tomato sauce @ £15.00 while Poo had grilled hake with new potatoes and Toulouse sausage @ £15.00

The verdict: great seafood, great service and cosy, comfortable venue.

Low lighting + cosy corners at the Drum & Monkey

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, seafood
~ Address: 5 Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
~ Postcode: HG1 2TF
~ Website + menus: Drum + Monkey website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Drum + Monkey
~ Location: Drum + Monkey map

Nearby dining + drinking:
~ Black Sheep Brewery – tours + visitor centre, Masham
~ Carriages – Knaresborough
~ Major Tom’s Social – craft beers, best pizzas
~ Storm at The Dower House – Knaresborough
~ Sukhothai – Harrogate, top Thai in Yorkshire

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