Tucked away in the estate village of South Dalton, in one of the prettiest corner of the Wolds, is the Pipe and Glass, a village pub, with fabulous food, so fabulous they won a Michelin star a few years ago, just one of a mantelpiece of awards. An M star here doesn’t mean flashy, messed-about-with food, just a good satisfying plateful but produced with considerable flair from chef/owner James Mackenzie. When you’ve eaten well and enjoyed a pint or two of their own Two Chefs bitter you will want, as we did, to stroll (or stagger) to one of their sumptuous bedrooms. Trouble is they’ve only got a couple of rooms (more are planned) so you can’t really do it on spec, so make a plan and book well in advance.
The rooms at the side of the pub are named Sage and Thyme. Each has it’s own entrance and small terrace (planted with sage or thyme naturally) where we sat for a pre-dinner drink and contemplated the garden, some majestic trees and a visiting herd of cows from the next door Dalton Park Estate.
Sage, our room was fabulously comfortable with a sleigh bed, heaps of pillows and beautiful linen. The gorgeously starlit bathroom has a small bath and a large, double shower. Dinner in the main building is the point of being here and is terrific. Service comes from a well-drilled team who manage to make it appear delightfully informal.
After dinner there's just enough light for an evening stroll round the village before retiring and when we arrive at our little bolthole at dusk, the lamps have been lit, the beds turned back and a nice touch, a candle burning in the lantern outside. In the morning, breakfast is delivered to our room, full English or our choice, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, coffee, juice. It’s all lovely. The only niggle, fresh milk on the tea tray would have been appreciated.
How Much: £160 per room, per night (£170 from 2014)
Kid’s Stuff: Leave them with granny. This is about a romantic getaway
Well Placed: The village itself is beautiful with a Grade 1 listed church and charming almshouses. South Dalton is a good base for exploring the stunning Yorkshire Wolds and is just five miles north of charming Beverley.
Good Grub: Eat in the restaurant naturally, but you don’t have to go for the full monty, there are sandwiches in the bar: try fillet steak and fried onion or smoked salmon and crowdie.
West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 7PNTel 01430 810246
Part of Stay East Yorkshire
Review by Jill, 28 August 2013blog comments powered by Disqus