The John Paul Jones: Quality and quantity by the fireside

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The John Paul Jones can be found within The Bay, Filey, the newly-built holiday development next door to Primrose Valley.

Visiting, as I was, on a cold winter evening, I was delighted to find two open fires roaring away in what is a tastefully decorated and comfortable dining room.

On engaging the menu my partner and I discovered a good choice of starters to select from, including staple pub favourites homemade soup of the day and garlic bread as well as more imaginative dishes such as deep fried Camembert with cranberry jelly or stuffed jalapenos.

Having been advised to expect sizeable portions, we opted to share Satay Chicken Skewers served with a peanut, coconut and chilli dip (£5.95).

The dish was well-presented, the skewers accompanied by a good portion of fresh, crisp, salad and, as anticipated, there was more than enough for the two of us.

The chicken was succulent and complemented well by

the dip which was given a fiery kick by the chilli.

We were spoilt for choice when it came to selecting our main courses from a menu that has pretty much every angle covered.

The John Paul Jones is a meat-eater’s paradise with steaks, an extensive gourmet burger menu and other options including a full rack of pork barbecue ribs to get your teeth into.

There are also a couple of vegetarian meals on offer, while lovers of Asian cuisine will not be disappointed either with Thai fishcakes and a curry dish available.

For fans of traditional homestyle fare there is plenty that will pass favour, including Old English sausages and mash, steak pie and east coast haddock and chips.

The specials board offered Barnsley chops or an ox cheek dish, a pair of options that added to my feeling that although it is undeniably a pub, the John Paul Jones offers a far more diverse and imaginative menu than you would expect from a local boozer.

My partner opted for deep fried gourmet scampi (£9.95) which arrived with a pile of chips, vegetables and coleslaw: quality and quantity here.

I decided to push out the boat and went for the sirloin steak (at £16.95 the most expensive item on the menu) cooked medium rare which came with all the trimmings.

All of the accompaniments were true relishes, however the one criticism I will level at this dining experience is that the steak itself was something of a letdown; belieing its cost.

That said, any disappointment regarding the steak was quickly forgotten when dessert arrived.

The pair of us quickly demolished a warm chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream (£4.95), a favourite combination of mine and one that was thoroughly enjoyed on this occasion.

All in all, this was a really satisfying meal out.

There is something about a blazing fire on a cold night that really appeals and in terms of the ambience, the John Paul Jones has it just right.

In addition to this, the friendly staff, attentive service, and most importantly, the quality of the food – largely well-cooked, flavoursome and filling – make this eaterie well worth a visit.

RATINGS out of 10:

Food 7

Menu choice 8

Service 7

Decor 7

Ambience 8

OVERALL 7