Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, Marton cum Grafton

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.

PLEASE NOTE Ye Olde Punch Bowl has now Changed Hands and is OPEN again

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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12 Responses to Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, Marton cum Grafton

  1. Tom Humes says:

    Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes


  2. leigh says:

    all this looks damn good. I’ve not visited yet but must do before the tv show and the surge! the food looks great – hearty and simple. And that pint looks a lot better than I expected!


  3. Paul says:

    Looks like it’ll be a great little pub. It’s an entertaining programme and I hope they do well but the way they shut out the locals for their ‘opening party’ would really piss me off if I lived locally. A bit of an own goal there methinks.

    Apart from that it looks great. Would love to try their beer.


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  5. Peter Hardisty says:

    I can honestly say that as a local I am honestly disgusted with the all new Punch Bowl. Besides the lease is already up for sale and I believe Croptons brewery is taking over in the near future. Perhaps it will be a pub once again for the locals and now a restaurant as it now is… besides the Tiger Inn at Coneythorpe.. just three miles away offers better food and a nicer environment. Try it!


  6. Dangerous Dave says:

    Mr. Hardisty, I’ve read your comments on two websites now and haven’t seen any other evidence of what you are saying. Is this true? Seems odd that in an interview with Neil on another website dated 6th Nov there were no signs of giving up the Punch Bowl.


  7. Lynn Howe says:

    Have you closed, came from Northallerton to try your restaurant very dissapointed to find it closed


  8. Lynn Howe says:

    went to your restaurant today very dissapointed it was closed


  9. Anon says:

    There is a lovely new family taking over The Punchbowl and they are set to throw open the pub doors next Thursday (12 November)for a welcome drink of punch and a Punchbowl Cheese platter. Come along and find out more about our plans for the pub and restaurant. Let’s get the Punchbowl back to being a good Yorkshire local. Spread the word!


  10. Julian Shanks says:

    Pub now back open again after Neil Morrissey’s ego trip hacked off nearly all the local punters and left a lot of local suppliers seriously out of pocket.


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