The Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of England to explore, there is so much to see and do for all of the family. Living in East Yorkshire, the Dales is almost on our doorstep and we love nothing more than packing the car up and heading out into the beautiful countryside and that’s exactly what we did last weekend. We enjoyed a morning getting back to nature and wandering around Bolton Abbey and the beautiful market town of Skipton before our stomachs started rumbling reminding us that it was lunch time. Mr ESLT and I, therefore, headed up to the Hart’s Head Hotel, Giggleswick in the heart of the Dales to sample their menu.
Giggleswick is a village located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of the town of Settle. The Hart’s Head Hotel was extremely easy to find on Belle Hill and we were pleasantly surprised to find lots of free on site parking at the front of the property and an overflow car park around the back.
The Hart’s Head Hotel is as the name suggests a hotel with a number of rooms which we didn’t get to look at but if they are decorated like the rest of the property then I am sure they are beautiful, welcoming and homely. We did, however, have plenty of opportunity to explore the lounge area and the dining room where we were seated for lunch.
We were surprised to find only one other table occupied when we arrived, however the longer we were there, the busier the dining room became and the lounge area was busy the whole time we were there. We were seated straight away and given the menus to have a look at. All day I had been daydreaming about a Sunday lunch, having not had one for over a year, however when I saw the menu I quickly changed my mind as there was so much choice and everything sounded delicious.
My Starter – Freshly made market soup, warm crusty bread
Even though the sun was shining, there was still a cool breeze in the air and as we had been outside for quite a long time, the idea of a bowl of hearty soup really jumped out at me. The soup of the day was vegetable and came piping hot. It was very tasty and quite filling, just the ticket to warm my cockles.
Mr ESLT’s Starter – Crab risotto, creme fraiche, lemon, dill
Mr ESLT loves seafood so as soon as he saw the crab risotto on the menu, his choice was made easy. The portion was a great size considering it was a starter and certainly had a lot of crab in it. Mr ESLT confirmed that it was delicious and cleared his plate. Even though I’m not a seafood fan, even I thought it smelt great.
My Main Course – Steak and ale pie, pickled red cabbage, chips or mash
As soon as I saw my favourite, steak and ale pie, on the menu I had to order it. Over the years I must admit I’ve had some pretty dodgy ones, that would have made better door stops than dinners. Not this one, this was perfect as it had light fluffy pastry and was jam packed with lovely tender steak. Yes, it was filling but not to the point where I couldn’t move afterwards like after some heavy pies, I chose chips with mine which were great for dipping in the gravy that accompanied it.
Mr ESLT’s Main Course – Trio of sausage – beef & chilli, pork & leek and chicken & chorizo, mash, onions, red wine gravy, watercress
Mr ESLT loves good sausages and he confirmed that these were extremely good sausages. They looked amazing, big chunky and tasty. Another favourite of his is mashed potatoes so his option ticked all of the boxes. His favourite was the beef and chilli one, however, he loved them all and again cleared his plate.
Dessert – Chilled chocolate fondant, salted caramel sauce, orange sorbet, toffee brittle
Even though we were full, dessert is my favourite course of any meal and there was no way I wasn’t trying one of them. Mr ESLT doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, however, I did my usual trick of asking for two spoons and then eating it all myself. Chocolate desserts always get a big thumbs up from me and this dessert certainly did not disappoint. It was rich and gooey and just the right size, any bigger and it would have become quite sickly. It was the perfect way to end our meal.
We had a lovely meal and it was exactly what was needed to fuel our afternoon of further exploration of the area. The Hart’s Head Hotel is a lovely hotel/pub/restaurant in one of our favourite places in the country and somewhere we will certainly visit again when we are in the area to try some of the other amazing sounding dishes on the menu. It is decorated beautifully, we were made to feel welcome and at home, from the second we walked through the door until the second we left. The staff were amazing and very attentive and the food was sensational, homely and hearty, certainly not the usual pub grub that is often served up in country pubs. Highly recommended!
- Our meal was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for honest review and honestly – we loved it!