Sunday, 15 May 2011
The Imperial Hotel, York
A gorgeous country pub that was built in 1886, beautifully restored inside and out and even surviving the Meckering earthquake that destroyed the front verandah. Walking into this hotel is like stepping back into our rural heritage with all its English pomp.
I wasnt entirely sure what they were doing with the Titanic theme at the time, perhaps it was part of a dinner theme or Mother's Day but it certainly didnt distract from the atmosphere.
A small menu but quite varied. The Imperial also has its own brewing company with beers ranging from the Original York Ale to the dark, rich Stout. All of which of course compliment the various meals nicely.
My father and I ordered the Homemade Beef & Stout Pie with handcut chips. Absolutly succulent beef, so deliciously tender. The stout sauce was not overpowering, it created a beautiful aromatic sensation on the taste buds. The chips were slightly over cooked but I loved that the Chef left the skin on.
My mum had the Cheese Plate with Pickles (always the cheese lover!) and by all accounts enjoyed it thoroughly. I should have pinched some so i could comment further!
I wouldnt say drive to York JUST to dine at The Imperial, however if you feel like a day trip or overnighter to the Avon Valley then this country pub is an absolute must visit (as are the markets in the Old Mill).