When the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire bought the sturdy old Fell in the late 90s their dramatic modern make-over caused a bit of a stir: bold colours, modern art and live goldfish in the lavatory cistern - no one had done that sort of thing before. Now it’s old hat (except perhaps for the goldfish) but the unshakeable wow factor at the Fell remains the view.
Set high up above Burnsall, the first proper stretch of the Dales for anyone coming from Leeds or Bradford, Burnsall Fell and the Wharfe spread out gloriously before you. A lunchtime plate of eggs Benedict in the conservatory sets it off very nicely, thank you. Sausage and mash, fish chips and a five choice burger menu are alterntive lunchtime offerings.
In the evening candles and tablecloths come out for a more sophisticated menu and now that head chef Dan Birk has gone to greater things at the Box Tree we are pleased to see a simpler, more assertive menu that seems to suit the relaxed vibe at the Fell. Sweet corn risotto, seabass with brown shrimps, loin of pork and goat's cheese tart feature in the a la carte plus a more elaborate five course menu. Ten smart bedrooms, the use of the Devonshire Arms pool and spa and free parking on the estate make the Devonshire Fell good for a weekend break.
Devonshire Fell, Burnsall, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6BTTel 01756 729000
Review by Jill, 19 June 2011blog comments powered by Disqus