A complete change of plan meant that instead of being in Ireland, I actually found myself much closer to home and rediscovered the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. It's funny how you can travel half way around the world and forget what you have right on the doorstep. Now it has to be said, the weather wasn't at its best but then what do you expect at the end of October. If you find yourself at one with nature in the Dales and need a little sustenance then I can recommend a couple of casual eateries for a spot of lunch.
First up is the Devonshire Arms hotel. Situated on the stunning Bolton Abbey Estate, the hotel itself is rather lovely and the Brasserie is a contemporary space decorated with a riot of colour. This is a casual affair with decent food and service. I like the way you can have smaller portions of the main meals and I can wholeheartedly recommend the 'sausage and mash'.
I haven't been to the Angel Inn at Hetton for a long time and I'm really glad I stopped by. A proper country pub, it also has a more formal dining room in the evening as well as nine bedrooms, it impressed me with the friendly service and the delicious food. The set menu, good value at £14.95 for two courses and £18.95 for three. This is subject to change but if the coley is on the menu, don't hesitate and as for the Queen of puddings, it is difficult to put into words how delicious this was. In fact, I'm not sure exactly what was in it but meringue and sponge both featured. Portions aren't huge but in my world, absolutely perfect. Thoroughly enjoyable.
If you have overeaten there is ample opportunity to walk it off and enjoy the delightful surrounding countryside at both spots.
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