Bridlington Old Town is a veritable haven for foodies – with a row of first class restaurants including the Lamp.
It is is a Grade II Listed building nestled in the heart of the Old Town High Street a few doors away from the Burlington.
The restaurant takes its name from the original Victorian lamp in its pretty rear courtyard which makes for perfect al fresco dining on warm days and nights.
This particular evening, though, we chose to dine in the “main house” which with its beams, ceramics and plants has a rustic charm.
It prides itself on serving British fare with a modern twist using the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally as much as possible.
The starters menu includes soup of the day – pea and ham on this occasion and my companion’s choice, declared creamy, thick and hot (£4.95). It was served with a warm bread roll.
Classic Caesar salad with smoked chicken livers, anchovy fillets and parmesan shavings missed out in favour of crispy strips of duck breast with black pudding and parmesan shavings (£6.95).
It was stunning to look at and equally tasty with a sweet sauce contrasting with the earthy black pudding and duck, and the salad was a stylish accompaniment.
Vegetarian options included pancake with cherry tomatoes and goat’s cheese with balsamic syrup.
To the mains, and what a tough choice. It all sounded so appetising.
Breast of chicken stuffed with herbed garlic cream wrapped in streaky bacon served on tomato and pesto concass (£13.50) or ‘posh’ fisherman’s pie – salmon, haddock, king prawns, mussels and calamari in creamed parsley sauce and topped with cheddar mash (£13.95) ... to name two dishes.
My dining partner went for the chef’s casserole – beef and ale – with mustard-spike suet dumplings (£12.95). She particularly enjoyed the dumplings – fluffy and flavoursome.
Faced with a choice between cannon of pork fillet (£13.95) or lamb henry (£14.50) I could not make up my mind, so asked someone who would know best – our host.
He recommended the lamb shoulder slow-cooked in red wine with a hint of mint. It was melt-in-the-mouth delicious. It was served with rumbledethumps ... Scottish bubble and squeak made with potato, cabbage and swede.
Both main courses were served with seasonal vegetables – new potatoes, carrots and broccoli – aplenty.
Dessert was a shared Eton mess – crisp, chewy meringue, thick cream and tangy strawberries (£4.85).
Fruit crumble, creme brulee and a Yorkshire cheese board were among the other options.
The welcome at the Lamp is warm and charming; there are lovely touches like warm bread served while you choose your meal.
The service is friendly and attentative without being intrusive. With drinks our bill came to £60 – for a meal of first class quality and service to match.
The Lamp is also open at lunchtime and offers a lighter menu. With such a fabulous choice it will not be long before we are attracted by the lamplight again.
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