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Popular Harrogate pub undergoes a makeover and launches new menu

After an impressive refurbishment, The Pine Marten has reopened its doors, boasting a new menu and elegant decor.

General Manager, Richard Tate, who has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, said: “I’m delighted with the makeover at The Pine Marten – we’ve retained customers’ favourite features (like our three open fireplaces) while revamping the entire place, and it looks absolutely stunning. This marks a new chapter for the Pine Marten – my fantastic team and I can’t wait to see guests coming through the doors!”

Wine & Dine Yorkshire was invited to visit the pub and we couldn’t wait to get stuck into the brand-new menu from Head Chef Tim Chapman featuring fresh flavours and ingredients.

To start, we went for the warm artisan bread and Nocellera olives, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You cannot beat this simple combination, and we didn’t want to fill up too much, however, it was so tasty we mopped it all up.

After that, we couldn’t wait to get stuck into the rest. For starters, we went for seared wild scallops served with rotisserie pork belly, red cabbage, beetroot puree and fresh apple, £11.95. The scallops were cooked to perfection and were extremely tasty. As one of our favourite dishes, the pressure was on to impress, however, the combination of pork belly and beetroot puree was a taste sensation. We also went for the duck parfait which was accompanied by a pomegranate, apple and sultana chutney, a blackcurrant curd and toast (£6.50). Again, this starter did not disappoint. The parfait was creamy and packed with flavour on top of the crunchy toast with a dollop of chutney – simply delicious.

On to the main event and a dirty cheeseburger topped with crispy bacon, lashings of cheese and burger sauce served with beef dripping dip and skinny fries, £16.75, was juicy and cooked just how I like it. The chips cooked in beef dripping added a deep flavour and extra crunch.

We also enjoyed the maple-glazed rotisserie pork belly and scallops, a larger version of our starter. It came with a pulled pork and cider bonbon, roasted celeriac and fresh apple puree, dauphinoise potatoes and bordelaise sauce, £20.75. Just wow. Each element of this dish was perfectly paired and was a delight. The portion size was just right it was the highlight of the show.

To accompany our mains, we also went for a side of mac and cheese. The creamy sauce was very cheesy and the crisp, burnt cheese on the top was our favourite part. This was the best side dish, and although it may be a little naughty, we couldn’t help ourselves.

To finish, we just had to go for Wine & Dine Yorkshire’s favourite dessert, creme brulee. The shell was rock hard, a vital feature, and after cracking it, the creamy custard was divine. This really was the perfect ending to a perfect wine and dine.

So, if you are in or around Harrogate, definitely add The Pine Marten to your list of places to visit as you will not be disappointed!

If you would like to try out The Pine Marten for yourself or for more information, please visit https://www.thepinemarten.com/

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