The Coore Arms in Scruton, Northallerton

This weekend we went to visit our friends Tom and Sue up in Northallerton, so this review is of a pub we went to near there. I would recommend the area for a visit – Lovely greenery, and lots of nice countryside to relax in.

Growing up in a small village really makes me appreciate a proper pub dinner; not a chain like Marston’s but a classic, landlord lives upstairs pub that has the warmth of a home and delicious home cooked food. The Coore Arms in Northallerton is just that.

As soon as you walk in to this pub you are greeted with friendly bar staff, the smell of pub food and a great deal of warmth. The atmosphere is perfect for a good pub, plenty of tables to sit in the bar area with an open fire and comfy chairs. A great array of drinks including real ale, wine and gin (many others of course).

After ordering drinks at the bar we were shown to our table in the restaurant. Walking round the back of the bar and down a short corridor leads to a lovely dining area with great big comfy chairs and wooden oak tables. Even seated near the kitchen was not a problem, no draft from the door being opened and didn’t even notice it was behind us. The menu itself was brilliant, so many choices all freshly prepared and homemade meant choosing quite difficult.

After talking myself down from ordering all the starters for myself Rory and I decided to share the brie with cranberry sauce and the chicken goujons. Tom and Sue ordered the pate and a beetroot and feta salad which looked delicious. Battered anything is usually good, but these chicken goujons were better than good, the batter was so crispy and light, clearly homemade and freshly cooked. The brie again was delicious, small pieces breaded and fried exactly the way I wanted it. All plates were empty and we were very much looking forward to the mains.

Brie with cranberry sauce
Breaded brie with dressed leaves and cranberry sauce – £5.50
Chicken goujons
Fresh battered chicken goujons with sour cream and sweet chilli dip – £5.95
Chicken liver and ginger pate with red onion marmalade and warm ciabatta – £5.95
Beetroot and feta cheese salad with toasted pine nuts – £5.95
Unfortunately, they had run out of the burger which is what I really wanted, but instead I ordered a sirloin steak. Steaks all round for the table, two sirloin and two rib-eye, not the most adventurous choice but I really wanted onion rings. The steaks came with a generous helping of sides, and were clearly good cuts of local meat. The waitress sadly got the plates mixed up and gave me the medium well and Tom the medium rare, it wasn’t till near the end of the meal we realised he had mine and vice versa. This did mean I was a little disappointed but the onion rings were delicious and the chips were great so it wasn’t the end of the world. Tom kept telling us how good his steak was, so that’s a positive side, hopefully he won’t be ordering medium well steaks again. In hindsight, I probably should have spoken up but in a typical British fashion, I just let it slide.

Sirloin steak
10 oz sirloin steak, field mushroom, oven baked tomato, chips and onion rings – £18.95
Desserts, is it really a question anymore. A great selection of puddings including sticky toffee pudding, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate and hazelnut roulade and a selection of ice creams. Rory and Tom ordered the STP with only a glance at the menu and Sue ordered the roulade. I almost ordered the cheesecake but the saw they had rhubarb crumble ice cream which I just had to try. I am so glad I did, what an ice cream! Creamy, delicious with just the right amount of tang from the rhubarb. Delicious end to a lovely meal. I am told the STP was delicious too, beautifully moist with a generous helping of toffee sauce.

Sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding, hot toffee sauce & ice cream – £4.95
Chocolate and hazelnut roulade – £4.95
Rhubarb crumble ice cream
2 scoop vanilla and rhubarb crumble ice cream – £2.95
If you are ever in the Northallerton area I would highly recommend this brilliant local pub; I hope to go back again soon!

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