Tiger Inn – Cosy country pub Knaresborough

Situated in the village of Coneythorpe on the outskirts of Knaresborough, the Tiger Inn made for a handy stop for us, driving along the A1(m) to York last Sunday. We stopped for a pub lunch and were suitably impressed with our food choices and the range of drinks, including real ales and prosecco.
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Sea bass – seared fillet of sea bass with new potatoes, chorizo, baby spinach and orange @ £12.95

 

The menu offers Sunday roasts, steaks, a variety of pub staples like fish and chips or steak and ale pie, and some more international dishes such as Thai curry.

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Cosy country pub – nicely furnished

 

Between the four of us, we had these starters – the black pudding with ham  hock croquettes was the outstanding dish in this course:

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King prawn starter – with sweet chilli, ginger, spring onion and pitta bread @ £6.25

 

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Crispy black pudding starter – with ham hock croquettes and grain mustard hollandaise @ £5.50

 

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Brie starter – baked in crispy crumb served with sweet chilli sauce and leaves

 

And for main course, K had steak and ale pie @ £12.50 (really juicy, filling pie with perfectly cooked and salted chips), B and K both had sea bass (nice and light, served with a tasty mix of ingredients) @ £12.95 and I had Thai chicken red curry @ £10.50 (quite spicy and creamy without being firy hot):

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Steak and ale pie – shin of beef, local ale, short crust pastry with market vegetables @ £12.50

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Go on, have a taste – beef and ale in juicy gravy with vegetables

 

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Seared sea bass – nice and light

 

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Thai chicken red curry – with sticky coconut rice, pak choi, peppers and prawn crackers @ £10.50

 

The verdict: Great spot in the pretty village of Coneythorpe, handy for stop-offs from the A1(m). Good quality gastro pub food and pleasant service.

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: pub, British, international
– Address: off Shortsill Lane, Coneythorpe, Knaresborough, HG5 0RY
– Nearest station: Knaresborough, Cattal
– Website + menus: Tiger Inn website
– Photos on flickr: Tiger Inn images
– Location: Tiger Inn map

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The Stable pizza place – Whitechapel Rd E1

It’s been a fortnight of team lunches, after-work drinks and altogether much merriment. Seems like Spring’s on the way. And to celebrate Lottie’s birthday today we wandered over to the newly opened Stable on Whitechapel Road for a cheeky lunchtime cider and pizza.

 

The Stable is a new chain across the UK that takes pride in “best quality food” and a “keen interest in cider”. With over 80 ciders to choose from at this, the first branch in London, they’re not kidding.

 

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Former industrial space

 

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Lunch and pizza menus

Most pizzas are £11.00 – £13.00 but there’s a lunchtime offer between 12-3pm on weekdays whereby pizzas and wraps are only £6.50.

 

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Many ciders to choose from …and other drinks

 

There’s an extensive choice of both ciders and perries – on tap and bottled – at the bar. With such a wide choice it’s probably best to ‘try before you buy’. It’s a fiver for a pint or £2.50 for a half. I ordered a West Country Gold @ £2.50 (nice but too sweet for me, so I moved on to Devon Gold).

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The birthday girl having a taster or two… it’s a big decision

 

Sticking with the West Country theme, I also ordered a West Country salad which read as though it was pretty exciting on the menu – “crabmeat infused with red chilli, roasted red peppers, avocado…with a lemon creme fraiche dressing” – but paled into insignificance when the flat, stonebaked pizzas arrived at our table.

 

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Crab salad @ £7.00

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Hawaiian – dried pork loin (bacon), pineapple + avocado @ £6.50

 

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Pizza – the one with field mushrooms and roasted red peppers @ £6.50

 

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And another with dried pork loin

 

The verdict: It’s newly opened so it’s got the novelty factor for now. The industrial style space is pleasing, as is the choice of ciders. While the pizzas are really good, there are other good pizza places nearby (like Pizza Union) that serve freshly made, stonebaked pizza (much cheaper too). Worth visiting at lunchtime for the £6.50 pizza offer though.

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Pizza, Cider bar,
– Address: 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London
– Postcode: E1 1EW
– Nearest station: Aldgate East
– Website + menus: Stable website
– Photos on flickr: The Stable images
– Location: Stable map

 

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JinJuu Korean restaurant – Soho

Following a matinee performance of Bug The Play (disturbingly good) L and I arrive early for our reservation at JinJuu in Soho. Call it late lunch or early dinner – we’re both ravenous and thirsty and are ready to get stuck into some Korean food and drinks.

 

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Bo Ssam pork belly for two – twice cooked pork belly, marinated pork tenderloin, salad, cabbage

 

The restaurant is almost full despite being mid-afternoon, so between peak meal times. We’re taken to an alternative table that’s ready now (as we’re early) and order a bottle of prosecco @ £38.00 and munch on Jinjuu “bespoke ssam jang handmade prawn crackers” @ £4.00. Nicely spicy with a substantial crunch.

 

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Prawn crackers

 

The menu is exciting without being overwhelming (must remember to check out the special set menus on Sundays).

We order some squidgy and crispy dumplings to share:

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Mandoo – juicy steamed beef and pork dumplings seasoned with Korean spices, served with soy dipping sauce @ £7.00

 

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Short rib & Kimchi mandoo – crispy dumpling stuffed with braised beef, mushrooms + kimchi, with a dipping sauce @ £7.00

 

The dumplings are so good we only just manage to restrain ourselves from ordering more.

For main course, we tackle a Dwe-gi Bo Ssam Pork Belly platter for two @ £26.00, comprising:

  • Twice cooked large black Berkshire pork belly
  • Marinated grilled pork tenderloin
  • Dwengjang & gochujang glaze
  • Spring onion salad
  • Traditional homemade radish + cabbage kimchi
  • along with rice, tons of lettuce + Korean-style pork crackling

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Pork, pork, pork crackling, rice + more

 

We are no longer ravenous.

And so – for dessert – we share what’s meant to be a small portion of ice-cream but it arrives with four generous scoops:

  • Salted miso ice-cream with kkae kang jung (sesame candy)
  • Nokcha (green tea) ice-cream with nokcha rice topping

 

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Three scoops (shhh don’t mention the fourth) of ice-cream @ £6.00

 

We also enjoy a leisurely cocktail – I have a gorgeous, refreshing psy sour – Hwayo 41 (rice spirit or soju), Kamm & Sons (a bittersweet botanical spirit), red ginseng and honey tea, fresh yuja fruit, egg white, lavender bitters and ginseng candy @ £11.00.  And L has a lychee lover – lychee infused soju, lychee liqueur, aromatic bitters and prosecco @ £10.00.

 

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Psy sour – with sweets and entertainment. Cute.

 

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Ground floor restaurant and main bar

 

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Downstairs: basement dining area + kitchen

 

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Korean spam… apparently

 

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Pretty boy band posters in ladies’ loo cubicles

 

Wandering around the restaurant it’s hard not to find something that makes you smile, whether it’s the posters of pretty boys while sitting on the loo or decor that includes Korean spam designs.

Our total bill for two is £122.62 including tip (roughly £50 for food, £60 for alcohol). Ok so we’ve splashed out on booze but it is possible to have a mighty fine meal here without breaking the bank.

The verdict: It’s all a bit spesh. Go see for yourself…

 

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Korean
– Address: 16 Kingly Street, Soho, London
– Postcode: W1B 5PS
– Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus
– Website + menus: JinJuu website
– Photos on flickr: JinJuu images
– Location: JinJuu map 

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Smith + Wollensky London – The Strand WC2

Smith & Wollensky opens first branch of restaurant chain outside USA – in London

 

Smith & Wollensky has opened on John Adam Street, just off The Strand in central London. Having enjoyed their steaks in New York, we were keen to give this new UK branch a try. My birthday was approaching and it just happened to coincide with an OpenTable promotion: prosecco, tomahawk steak, lobster and sides @ £35.00 per person.

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Cocktails at the bar

 

Arriving early, we had a leisurely cocktail at the bar. Service was attentive and my margarita @ £14.00 was made to my taste: not blended to slush with ice, and with a salt glass rim rather than sugar. K had an Old Fashioned @ £13.00. All good.

We were taken through the sumptuously decorated restaurant and downstairs to our table in the basement restaurant, where there was a business function going on in the bar area – busy with mostly male groomed suits and – we counted – two females.

 

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Basement restaurant

 

Perhaps foolishly – given we had a mountain of main course food coming – we ordered starters: crispy squid @ £9.00 and crab cake @ £18.00 (to accompany a glass of Prosecco each). The crab cake was particularly good.

 

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Signature jumbo lump crab cake

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Crispy salt + pepper squid with mango chilli sauce

 

 

For the main course – a sharing platter of 1kg of tomahawk steak and a whole lobster tail – we chose wild mushrooms and carrots as our two sides, all at £35.00 pp. Along with some French fries @ £4.00, and a bottle of Malbec @ £42.00. The steak was rare and tender in the middle and nicely charred on the outside. The lobster was served simply, with butter.

 

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This wasn’t a cut of steak I was familiar with but I’d have it again. Unsurprisingly, after sharing 1kg of meat, we were absolutely stuffed and thought we’d eaten all the best bits. Our waiter tried to tell us that the remaining burnt bits close to the bone were also good (a bit like burnt ends?) and somehow managed to cut off a load more. He was right, it was good. But we were defeated. Too full to even consider a doggy bag.

The verdict: Excellent cocktails and steak in a classy, elegant space (the footman on the door is a good indication of the level of style – bordering on stuffy). A whole host of serving staff looked after us during our meal – some better than others, and were quite full on (a continuous stream checking if everything was ok. It still was…). Somewhere to go for a special occasion when you’re after a bit of pomp.

 

 

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Steakhouse, American
– Address: The Adelphi Building 1-11 John Adam Street, London
– Postcode: WC2N 6HT
– Nearest station: Charing Cross
– Website + menus: Smith & Wollensky website
– Photos on flickr: Smith & Wollensky pics
– Location: Smith & Wollensky map

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