On our recent weekend in Scarborough, we headed to the Brytherstones Country Inn for Sunday lunch. My parents and Nana had come down to spend the day with us, so thought I’d better book somewhere in advance. Our first goto site was TripAdvisor and we were swamped with options. We’re always looking for somewhere new and we spotted the Bryherstones had great reviews. The weird thing is we’d been coming to the area for 6 years and had never heard or seen this place before. So we booked up for 7 people and had a date planned.
Location of Brytherstones
Brytherstones Country Inn is just outside the village of Cloughton (around 20 minutes drive from Scarborough town centre) in a very rural spot. And we mean very rural. it is off the main road and along a country road.
We arrived early and entered through what seemed to be the back door from the car park. As I checked in and confirmed we had a table Imogen spotted the real log fire. The flames were mesmerising and the heat was welcoming. The smell of a real fire is amazing and if it was snowing I would have been Christmas ready.
I was pleased we had booked as we would have had no chance otherwise, despite being fairly big the place was heaving!
A Warm Welcome
We ordered some drinks at the bar starting a tab and were seated at our table. We loved this place, it was so full of character! Lots of nick nacks. The owner came to the table and introduced himself. He actually lives close to my parents holiday home and runs it as a family business since they took over the pub 8 years ago. Food is the main name of the game here, and everyone was tucking in. Where most venues try to get a busy location. The reputation of this place seemed to be what pulls in the crowd. So even before we’d ordered we’d set our expectations high.
The area of the restaurant we were sitting in was a converted stable block. The grooved stone floor was a subtle clue, but above our table was a hay trough for horse feed. The rustic nature of the conversion was quirky. Unlike the entrance with the fire which felt like a brand new modern extension.
Menu and Prices
Brytherstones keeps the menu pretty simple and with starters around the £5 mark and roasts £12.95. It’s certainly not the cheapest Sunday lunch in the area.
Between Alan, my Dad and myself, we ordered three different types of meat. Beef, Pork and Lamb. The kids chose beef too.
The presentation of the meals was simple farmhouse style. My Lamb was 3 thick slices, a Yorkshire and some roast potatoes.
The Beef was thin slices, with Roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding.
The Pork was slow roasted belly pork, roasties, a Yorkshire and a portion of applesauce.
In addition to the main plate, we were given a selection of veg in sharing dishes. Between the 7 of us, we had 2 dishes. Each with Leeks, Mashed swede, Cauliflower, buttered potatoes, carrots, red cabbage and broccoli. I really couldn’t fault the selection of veg, although I would have like to see an extra vegetable dish on the table. If we’d asked I’m sure they would have brought us some more.
Desserts or Puddings.
To finish off our Sunday dinner we ordered a couple of desserts. A red berry roulade was my choice.
Alan, the traditionalist chose syrup sponge and custard.
Bryherstones Country Inn Sunday Lunch Review
The more we start analysing the Sunday lunches the more they start to come out the same. So it’s now about how a good meal starts to stand out. All of us couldn’t fault the friendly welcoming staff and feel of the place. Our choices were well cooked and no one had any tough or stringy meat. I love the sweetness of the mashed swede and I would have eaten loads of it, but we were sharing portions. So far I think the choice of vegetables has set this apart from our previous Sunday Lunches.
The syrup sponge seemed to be a little of a let down in comparison. I would have liked to see a more rustic homemade chunky sponge, instead of the rounded individual portion. We finished the deserts off leaving no waste, so it’s definitely not a bad review in that respect.
For more information about Bryherstones Country Inn visit their website