Tried lunch at Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, Marton cum Grafton near Harrogate today. This is the pub taken over and reinvented by Neil Morrissey and Richard Fox. The pub doesn’t look much from the front but a lot of work has gone into the inside, exposed wooden beams, coal fires in 3 rooms and a modern curvy bar that all works well together. Outside the rear of the pub the outbuildings have been completely rebuilt and now house the Morrissey Fox microbrewery.
The Food… to start crab & coriander risotto, black pudding, potato and bacon terrine and the soup. for mains we tried Galloway Steak & Ale Pie, Aberdeen Angus Beefburger with Mrs Kirkham’s Cheddar and the Haddock Fishcakes with a rarebit topping. I asked for some Mayonnaise which was inspired as a ramekin of beautiful rich yellow homemade mayo arrived… Just the one Creme Brulee for Pud and an extra spoon (delivered without asking!) All the food was served with a smile, was delicious and demolished, if forced to pick a fault the soup was a bit average but otherwise I would recommend everything else we tried.
The Beer… to wash down the food we tried the Morrissey Fox Blonde and the Best Bitter, the Blonde is fantastic the Bitter was well… very bitter!
Great Food, Great service in a Great little pub.
Ye Olde Punch Bowl will feature on Channel 4 TVin “Neil Morrissey’s Risky Business” starting at 10pm on Tuesday the 28th October 2008, should be interesting and well worth a look. Daily Telegraph review of the show Neil Morrissey’s Risky Business.