The Queen O’ T’ Owd Thatch
Almost three years ago a trio of passionate food and drink lovers transformed a traditional drinking pub into one that offers a wonderful dining experience.
The Queen O’ T’ Owd Thatch changes its menus monthly and sources fresh ingredients for imaginative and traditional dishes from the pub garden and local producers. All dishes are paired carefully with recommended drinks. At the time of writing, mains include locally sourced lamb loin, rosemary potato cake, asparagus paired with Mt. Hector Pinot Noir; and Swaledale blue cheese with marinated beef rump, dauphinoise potatoes, broccoli, and treacle vinegar dressing paired with Gran Hacienda Carménère Reserva. Expect desserts such as cherry parfait almond brittle with almond ice cream, or chocolate pot with salted caramel brownie.
You can eat in the restaurant or bar, where the decor – like the menus – combines traditional with modern. Dogs are welcome in defined areas.
Before ordering, why not enjoy a cocktail, designed to bring your taste buds to life before you eat? A favourite is the Yorkshire bellini, created from Yorkshire rhubarb and adapted from the Italian peach and prosecco favourite by taking a deliciously crisp English pink fizz, homemade Yorkshire rhubarb syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
The pub holds several special events each month including a regular wine club, informally tutored, with a six-course tasting menu with wines.
Since opening, The Queen O’ T’ Owd Thatch has won a number of accolades, including runner-up in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 2015 Oliver Awards for Best Lunch, and runner-up in The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014 & 2015 for Best Sunday Lunch.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor