The Grand Hotel – York.

Apparently the Grand hotel is the finest place to stay in the city of York. It  has a fine dining restaurant terribly named “Hudsons”  ( After the 1800`s railway developer ) that certainly sits up there with the best places to eat in the area. I booked in for dinner after seeing some of Chef Craig Atchinsons very attractive looking food creations on Twitter . The tasting menu seemed like the best option for me to try Chefs time developed dishes and at £65 for 8 courses it seemed like a reasonable deal. The wine flight was a selection of 5 glasses (£35) to cover the 8 courses , bit of a let down on the pairing  there as I normally like a different wine per course , even if it`s just a small serving. As for the restaurant ….Hmmmnnnn , I think it has remained untouched since Mr Hudsons era .Dark with zero personality , an extremely boring place to sit and dine in.

The Grand hotel , York

Chefs food definitely surprised me during the meal. It really doesn`t reflect upon his previous employers “The Talbot hotel in Malton” and “The Hambrough hotel on the isle of Wight”. Seems to me like Craig Atchinson has a creative streak and uses well sourced local produce in a very artistic and unique style. Atchinson`s cooking is modern British with an emphasis on using quality produce that changes with the seasons. So on with tonights tasting menu…. A solitary appetiser as I perused the menu.

The Grand hotel , York

Cryogenic Bloody Mary – An amusing way to begin dinner with a “make your own” Cocktail. Plenty of theatre with the pouring of the liquid Nitrogen , and stirring the potion. A combination of Bloody Mary Sorbet , Celery and Celery Meringue was extremely messy on the plate but carried all the essential flavours of the cocktail and also raised plenty of smiles amongst the diners.

The Grand hotel , York

The Grand hotel , York

Spring Vegetables , Goat`s Crabley , Preserved Roots and Woodland Mushrooms – Light and Summery and a delight to the eye. Stunning presentation with tremendous attention to the tiniest of detail. Lots of natural flavours , healthy , Simple and very WOW. Probably the highlight of the meal for me.

The Grand hotel , York

 R&J`s Signature Beef Tartare , Crispy Tendons , Cucumber , Charcoal Mayonnaise , Mustard Shoots – Reminded me of Simon Rogans Ox in Coal Oil , similar flavours but needed more punch from the Charcoal as that key smokey flavour was essential but missing from the Mayonnaise.

The Grand hotel , York

 The Grand hotel , York

                                                                 Poached Ocean Trout, Hay smoked Heritage Beetroots , Watercress cream , Beetroot Sourdough –  Beautiful , Natural and fresh clean flavours.The Grand hotel , York

The Grand hotel , York

Goosnargh Corn fed Duck , Breast and Heart , Beetroots , Alexanders , Turnip , Mead sauce – Well cooked and very tender Duck and a nicely balanced dish ….BUT ….more Beetroot again. There was lots on my last course so this one needed a little tweak here and there.

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The Grand hotel , York

The Grand hotel , York

Carrot and Mandarin , Orange Cream Cheese , Pecans , Muscovado and spice –  I love my desserts so could have eaten this one ten times over.

The Grand hotel , York

Tomlinson Rhubarb , Poached Rhubarb Sorbet , Candied Rose – Sweet  , Tart and sour balanced nicely with a lovely floral addition from the Rose petals. A nice palate refresher.

The Grand hotel , York

                                                                     Dark Chocolate Ganache , Salted Caramel , Burnt Butter ice cream –  Not enough on my plate , I was screaming out for more….left me frustrated.

 The Grand hotel , York

Coffee and Sweet treats in the lounge to finish , a nice little ending to an enjoyable meal. Definitely do go and sample Chef Atchinsons food whilst you`re in York. It`s reasonably priced and you can also get a 3 course alc for around £45. As you can see from the photos , Craig is a pretty talented guy and definitely cooks in his own trademark style. I think we will hear more of this guy in the future. No complaints at all from my meal apart from the boring décor and restaurant styling

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The Grand hotel , York

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