I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at our meal at The Flask Inn, on the main Scarborough to Whitby road. Very pleasantly surprised.
Several years ago we had a fairly average carvery at the pub, and, one Sunday trip out recently, I didn’t expect much had changed. Bog-standard bar meals at an old-fashioned country pub, I predicted.
Wrong! The old country inn offered a warm welcome, and the food was simply outstanding, and beautifully presented, much as you would find in a fine restaurant.
The four of us had spent the Sunday venturing up the coast to Saltburn and Redcar, and then to the Teesside Retail Park (at the insistence of the younger half of the family!). By early evening we were starving, and I had a particular yearning for steak pie (not an unusual occurrence, it’s one of my favourites).
There it was on the Flask’s menu, but it’s to the credit of the vast menu and the quality of the offerings that I ended up choosing something else!
The Flask’s bar displays fine-dining certificates, and it prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food.
Of our starters choices, my oven-baked camembert was a good-sized cheese studded with garlic and rosemary, with toasted French bread (£5.25). It was very tasty, although, coming as it did on quite a small wooden platter, a messy aftermath was inevitable.
Equally well received were Thai style fishcakes flavoured with lime, chilli, ginger, garlic and coriander (£5.50), and potted ham hock with crusty baguette, tomato chutney and dressed leaves (£5.50) – the Yorkshire ham was unmistakably fresh and succulent.
The steak pie sounded extremely tempting, but instead I went for one of the blackboard specials – steak burger with handcut chips (£9.95).It had been a popular choice – after I had ordered, it was wiped from the board. My wife chose the other main course from the specials board – roasted red peppers filled with sun-dried tomato, with chickpeas and garlic glazed courgettes (£10.50).
Our other mains choices were pan-fried rib eye steak, with roasted tomato, button mushrooms, fried onions, salad and handcut chips (£19.50), and, from the children’s menu, home-made chicken nuggets with handcut chips (£5.25).
The nuggets were chicken-packed pleasers – far removed from the usual frozen morsels served up at so many places – and the slab of steak was perfectly cooked and hastily despatched by my daughter.
The plentiful mains menu also featured eight other choices, ranging from pulled pork burger and Whitby haddock to lamb shank and sea bass, while there was a generous six choices on the children’s menu, including a mini serving of the steak and ale pie!
By this time I wassatisfyingly full, and settled back as the others opted for desserts. The oohs and aahs that greeted my wife’s lemon creme brulee indicated that she was more than pleased with it– infact she said it was the best pudding she had ever had!
And our other dessert choice, chocolate brownie, was happily devoured.
All the dishes were exquisitely presented and served by friendly staff – and well done to the chef and kitchen staff, too often forgotten as they toil behind the scenes.
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