Yorkshire's Independent Restaurant Guide

Rascills Still Firing Two Years On

We made a return visit to Rascills the other day, the restaurant at Raskelf that Richard and Lindsay Johns opened a couple of years ago. Fans will know them from their years at the lovely Artisan at Hessle.


‘Where’s Raskelf ?’ I hear you say. It’s a bit off most people’s radar but worth finding between York and Thirsk, just off the A19 not far from to Easingwold.


Richard and Lindsey Johns

Worth finding not least for the £45 set menu of three accomplished and generous courses. A no-choice menu is never a problem for me. I’m happy for chef to bring me what’s good and what he/she wants to cook and if it saves on waste then that makes perfect sense. Don’t worry; they can handle any dietary requirements if you let them know in advance.


On a balmy evening we began with drinks in the little garden they’ve created out front, then dinner that began with a smooth little cup of lemon grass, Thai inspired soup and was followed by a generous piece of snowy halibut and pea and mint risotto, beautiful cooked beef rump – is there a better cook of meat than Richard Johns? – with gorgeous crushed new potatoes and finished with a textbook crème brulee. They keep a good wine list and offer a modestly priced wine flight.


They are open Wednesday to Saturday and their £25 lunch is terrific value. As Michelin used to say – worth a detour.