The Duke of York in Aldershot
May 27, 2010
My colleague and I were invited along to have dinner at the Duke of York pub in Weybourne, this was our first trip to this pub upon recommendation by family and friends.
The new owners Neil and Lorraine Williams have created an atmospheric classic local to cater for Families, couples, big parties or even the occasional girl’s night out.
Having arrived by car there was plenty of places to park. A small garden which was sat at the back of the pub would be ideal for those fresh spring days and those relaxing enjoyable summer afternoons with friends. We were welcomed in and had the choice of where we would like to sit.
After a very welcoming conversation with Neil we choose our seats and were presented with a very well diverse menu. A wine list is available for those like me who enjoy the occasional glass and I must say the variety on the wine menu really is set out for all required tastes.
There were two areas, restaurant and seating area and a further bar to cater for the locals. The bar had a varied range of ales, wines and spirits together with soft drinks. In the restaurant area, where Sarah and I sat there was nice relaxing music, resembling the calm atmosphere that we all enjoy whilst dining out.
We were given time to order from the menu and had plenty of choice, the specials menu is available, however on this occasions both Sarah and I chose from the main menu as many appealing dishes were on offer.
The lamb shank with a garlic mash Sarah described to be tender and fell off the bone, and with minimal fat this was indeed cooked to perfection, the garlic mash and port sauce complimented this giving flavour and making this truly delectable.
I chose the chicken breast with mozarella and parma ham served on a bed of garlic mash also, this was filling and full of zest. Both main dishes were served with veg and a special made sweet sticky cabbage, which was marinated with red current, white wine and balsamic vinegar, enjoying this muchly I had no choice but to ask the chef of his recipe as this really was a recipe I would like to master myself.
Duly full from our main courses, we had already decided that dessert is a must, as their personalised dessert specials menu that we broused when arrived sounded much too appealing to turn down. Sarah ordered a sweet tasting pear and apple crumble with custard, when served to the table the generous sized portion was truly remarkable. I however ordered the strawberry creme brulee with shortcake, this was petite and just enough to finish of a fabulous meal. I did however feel the need to try the crumble which was soft, sweet and again cooked to absolute precision.
Neil was only to pleased to come over and check how we were doing with our meals and answer any questions that we might have. I for one asked many a question on the recipes and secret incrediants and I was very interested in the pubs background. Before leaving we gave a few minutes for our desert to go down and the restaurant was getting busier and busier. I noticed on leaving that the second bar had a tv for the football which is perfect for the locals who may not have sky so they can keep up to dates with the games and results.
Overall our experience was delightful and a true treat for a Monday evening. The menu caters for grills, salads and your typical pub grub with further fancier choices such as curry, lamb and lasagne. With a selection of starters which if you have a small apetite may be just enough for a snack. Prices range between £6-£10 which is more then reasonable and you can enjoy the rest of your evening continuing in the restaurant or move through to the bar.
I particulally liked that the owner Neil was always on hand and felt he made a true inspiration to the pub.
Whether you are local or are after something different why not make your way down to the Duke of York today. The menu is just to good to miss.
The Duke of York, 248, Weybourne Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 3NF 01252 321150.