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REVIEW: The Pickled Sprout – Harrogate’s newest restaurant sprouting up from the rest!

The newest addition to Harrogate, Pickled Sprout is located in The Yorkshire Hotel and boasts a menu packed with hearty favourites, enriching superfoods, and creative dishes using the finest ingredients from local sources.

The new restaurant sees Executive Chef, Richard Ferebee heading up the kitchen, moving from the group’s AA Rosette restaurant The Fat Badger. Richard aims to quickly secure The Pickled Sprout in Harrogate an AA Rosette or two of their own with a variety of hearty European dishes with vegan and superfood options cutting through his menu.

Wine & Dine Yorkshire was invited to try out the new menu and everything was eaten but the plates! From start to finish, the service was first-class, and the food was exceptional!

When we arrived at The Pickled Sprout, the atmosphere was extremely chilled and relaxing. The dark ambience made it very inviting, and we could not wait to get stuck in.

Whilst we had a gander at the menu, we chose some cocktails to have a little sip on. The Espresso Martini was creamy and rich in flavour. My partner went for the Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail with a kick!

The menu boasts starter, mains and desserts which all look extremely tasty, and we were spoilt for choice in what to get. Furthermore, the menu also had a nibbles section for those who wanted a little snack whilst enjoying some drinks. We obviously couldn’t refuse some nibbles so essentially had a four-course extravaganza!

The nibbles we chose were spicy hummus with homemade flatbread and baked chorizo in a red wine and honey glaze. Oh my, these were delicious! They were the perfect size for a nibble, however, very moorish but we knew we had more food coming so teased you just the right amount. The hummus was creamy, and that little kick warmed the back of your throat up. The homemade flatbread was gorgeous dipped in not only the hummus but also the chorizo oil. Again, we could have eaten so much more of it, but the portion was the perfect size for an appetiser.

So onto the starters, we went for tempura king prawns and smokey salmon tartare. The batter on the king prawns was super flurry and had a real crunch. Dipped in the spicy sriracha sauce, the prawns were juicy and had a real kick. Salmon is one of my favourite fish dishes, so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The salmon was so refreshing, along with the lemon oil and fresh watercress, this was the perfect palette cleanser.

Again, the starters were the perfect portion, not filling you up too much and we then had a glass of wine whilst we waited for the mains. We didn’t have to wait too long, before the mains arrived. We went for a baked saffron cod chunk and an 8oz barrell cut fillet.

The cod chuck was super tender and flakey. On a bed of chorizo and butter beans, the fish was juicy and went very well with the aioli. I wish I had a bigger portion on the aioli as I am a huge garlic fan, but wow, the main was delicious!

My partners dish was the ultimate feel-good grub! The steak was cooked medium-rare and served with home-cut chips, flat cap mushroom, confit tomato and red onion, I was a little jealous of his dish. The steak was cooked beautifully, and the chips were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on this inside, just how they should be. Accompanied by a peppercorn sauce, the dish was demolished, and we will certainly be back to have it again.

A couple espresso martinis later, I was ready for a dessert. I went for the sticky toffee pudding, my favourite dessert. If it is on the menu, I cannot resist and have to order it! The toffee glaze was extra sticky and extremely rich. The hot and cold combo of the cake and ice cream was amazing.

Overall, our visit The Pickled Sprout was out of this world. It is a brilliant addition to Harrogate’s bar and restaurant scene, which is already a buzzing and busy place to go for drinks and a bite to eat with friends, family or for a special occasion.

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