The Alice Hawthorn
The Alice Hawthorn is a pub located in an exquisite little settlement on the biggest village green in Yorkshire. Named after a famous racehorse, it is simply stunning, exuding a clean and modern feel, yet also retaining a traditional ambience. It was refurbished by the founder of the UK’s largest home-emergency business, who lives in Nun Monkton.
The interior is fabulous but the exterior hasn’t been forgotten either, offering plenty of parking, outdoor seating for dining on warmer days, and the pub’s very own vegetable and herb garden. Looked after by children from the local school, this provides an area in which the local kids can learn, explore and witness the fruits of their labour.
During our visit for Sunday lunch, the tables were laid out with simple vases of flowers from the garden, and we took our seats in the very comfy chairs, which are made for lingering.
The lunch was outstanding: simple and well cooked – no faffing, no messing, just a mix of flavours that complemented each of the perfectly sourced ingredients. We enjoyed stuffed loin of pork, Yorkshire pudding done to perfection, beef-dripping roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and real ale gravy, and not forgetting the homemade apple sauce. And my test of the restaurant, cauliflower cheese… the best ever!
To finish we could have had croissant bread and butter pudding, boozy grapes and vanilla ice cream, or warm chocolate brownie, honeycomb and white chocolate mousse. But we were restrained and had tea with petit fours.
My final thoughts on The Alice Hawthorn: it is now the top of my favourites list, a restaurant that delivered everything – great staff, amazing location, a great story and amazing food!
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor