Carriages Wine Bar – Knaresborough

The interior of Carriages of Knaresborough is olde and quaint (as befits this small medieval North Yorkshire town). Its segmented dining spaces (outdoors as well as in) give you the sense of being in a cosy room, even though it is – overall – quite a large restaurant.

On our visit last night, there were three menus to select from:
~ seafood – two courses @ £24.00
~ a la carte – two courses @ £24.00
~ tapas

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Amuse bouche – smoked guineau fowl taster

We ordered a bottle of Foxwood Viognier dry white wine @ £22.50 and a Crianza red @ £23.00 while reading the menu options, and were served an amuse bouche (‘mouth amuser’, a bite-sized hors d’œuvre compliments of the chef) of smoked guinea fowl (beautifully presented on a slate but too smoked and richly intense to be really enjoyable) and a basket of breads.

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Scallops + pulled pork starter

Whitby crab with poppadum starter

Setting aside the tapas menu, we all ordered two courses @ £24.00 from the seafood and a la carte menus.

For starters, K had scallops and pulled pork and I had dressed Whitby crab in a coronation mayonnaise with poppadums.

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Rack of lamb

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Monkfish with caper + harissa butter

6oz beef fillet steak

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Swordfish loin with classic hollandaise sauce

For main course, the four of us ordered:
~ rack of lamb in a cranberry jus
~ fillet of monkfish with caper + harissa butter
~ 6oz fillet steak with asparagus wrapped in parma ham
~ fillet of swordfish with hollandaise sauce

The verdict lots of choice, great quality (and appropriately priced) food and wines, and comfortable semi-secluded spaces. Fine dining that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Bill for four – £175.50 excluding service

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, international
~ 80 High Street, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
~ Postcode: HG5 0HL
~ Tel: 01423 867041
~ Nearest station: Knaresborough
~ Photos on flickr: images of Carriages food
~ Location: Carriages map

More Knaresborough + Harrogate dining:
~ Drum + Monkey – seafood in Harrogate
~ Storm at The Dower House – Knaresborough
~ Sukhothai – Harrogate, top Thai in Yorkshire

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