Great British Boltholes: The North Yorkshire Bunny offers a hit with a “chunky wood chic” vibe and fantastic food including “nitrogen-frozen ewe milk ice cream” …
- The Hare Inn flies slightly under the radar, despite the fact that Chef Paul Jackson has received numerous awards
- It is a lovely old building in a convenient location flanked by fields and moors in the farming village of Scawton
- Tomato tea and nitrogen-frozen ewe milk ice cream are playfully ambitious, but also satisfying portions
After nine delicious courses, most of which are accompanied by a fresh drop, I only have to take ten steps, unlock my door, climb a short flight of stairs and fall into bed in delight.
However, until July, guests at The Hare Inn lacked this most convenient option. Because only then did this North Yorkshire country house reveal two pampering bedrooms.
But you’re already in demand – while dinner reservations must be made six weeks in advance, room nights sell out three months in advance. Fortunately, two more luxury chambers are due next summer.
Delicious: The Hare Inn flies slightly under the radar, despite the fact that Chef Paul Jackson has won numerous awards
“Tasting menus can be overly flashy, but not here – Paul’s food is some of the best I’ve tried,” writes Richard Mellor
The Hare is now lodging and rivals two other food-famous “posh pubs” here on the southwestern edge of North York Moors National Park – Harome’s Star Inn and The Black Swan at Oldstead, each with a Michelin star.
The bunny still flies slightly under the radar, despite the fact that Chef Paul Jackson has received numerous awards and Ms. Liz’s outstanding front-of-house work has done. And indeed, despite its beautiful old building and convenient location, flanked by fields and moorland in the farming village of Scawton.
Within a 30-minute drive is the old market town of Helmsley, which has a ruined castle with independent cafes and shops and great views west from the escarpment of Sutton Bank.
The North Yorkshire rural home unveiled two gorgeous bedrooms in July
Richard says that “exposed boulders from the 12th century enhance the heritage of the old house” in the rooms. A deep tub is shown in the eaves
The Hare Rooms Restaurant, Scawton, North Yorkshire. Dinner, B&B from £ 370 per night. More information is available at thehare-inn.com.
The cozy restaurant at The Hare is located in a long room with a low ceiling. Exposed bricks are seasoned with draped pelts and silver deer heads. Despite a formal service, the feeling is far from stuffy.
The USP: Paul’s wonderful kitchen.
The food: Tasting menus can be overly flashy, but not here – Paul’s food is some of the best I’ve tried. Tomato tea and nitrogen-frozen ewe milk ice cream offer playful ambitions, but also strong flavors and satisfying portions.
Liz’s daring but chic wine selection, not least a sweet plum sake, enhances the pleasure. The main course sees loin and shoulder pieces of venison alongside beetroot and eaten elderberries. Breakfast options include a similar meaty roast and homemade granola.
The rooms: White is at the top of the eaves on the first floor (note the low rafters) and exposed chunks of 12th-century stone emphasize the heritage of the old house. Not that everything is rustic – the room has an espresso machine, a spa-like bathroom with a freestanding tub, and plenty of mirrors. The general mood is cozy, chunky wood chic. The room on the ground floor Denison is a bit smaller but more romantic.