A Michelin Starred slice of countryside perfection - The Pipe And Glass, South Dalton.
This hidden away gastropub has been voted one of Britain’s top 50 by industry experts. The owners are James and Kate Mackenzie. James was Andrew Pern’s head chef at the excellent Star at Harome, and now its Michelin Star has propelled the Inn to "foodie tourist" level, bringing in custom from far across the county and country.
South Dalton is a very out-of-the way place, if you've never heard of it you'd be forgiven. I first heard of it several years ago from a close friend who stable her horse at the nearby manor. It has forever been on my radar to visit and review.
The village is especially picturesque but with little other than the Inn of interest. The Pipe and Glass has echoes of The Star at Harome. Both places are at the same time humble village pubs but also destination restaurants, with upmarket rustic looks.
The pub side of the Inn is very popular as a "drop-in for a pint" type place, stopping at the bar for a sandwich (no booking required); other diners can be dressed to the nines for birthday celebration dinners. Everyone seems to be made equally welcome.
The food is on the comforting side of the Michelin scale, with wholesome quality put ahead of "pretty pictures on a plate" cuisine. The strong points are the Mains, with seasonal produce lifting the dishes to a higher level. Despite my egregious sweet tooth, the deserts were not to my taste. There were some lovely pieces on the Chocolate tasting plate but nothing I would want to re-order.
The Pipe and Glass is well worth making a special booking for, we really don't recommend just dropping in for bar food as you really won't get anywhere near the best out of the dining experience. We recommend making this your lunch stop on your way to a weekend away at either the coast or nearby York.