Having driven past The Ganton Greyhound more or less every day for the past two years on my way to work, I decided it was time to pay a visit, and having heard nothing but good things about the food, I was looking forward to tucking into some hearty pub fare.
Located next to Ganton Golf Course, the Greyhound offers a choice of two dining areas – either the traditional comfort of the bar or the more spacious conservatory.
First impressions were promising. Wooden ceiling beams in the bar were adorned with unusual ceramic vintage jugs and tankards, and traditional panelled walls coupled with a log fire, offered a real cosy charm. We ordered drinks from a friendly member of staff who asked where we would like to be seated, without any further prompting we plumped for the warmth of the bar area and made a bee-line for a table near the open fire.
As we browsed the extensive menu plus a specials board we took note that all meat is sourced locally from Trotters of Potter Brompton.
For his starter, my partner selected the chef’s home-made soup (£4.95), which, this evening, was a simple yet classic tomato soup, accompanied by a warm mini bread loaf and butter. The soup arrived in a deep bowl and was filled at least three quarters full. It was bursting with flavour, and the mini loaf was delicious and piping hot – so far so good.
Moving to the main course, I opted for the Trio of Trotters Sausages (£11.95) served on top of creamy mashed potato with lashings of rich onion gravy in a giant Yorkshire pudding. The Yorkshire Wold Top pork and apple sauce sausages were succulent and delicately seasoned with a hint of apple – and some of the best I have tasted.
The homemade Yorkshire pudding was crisp and held its shape nicely despite bursting at the brim with three large sausages, and a generous dollop of mash and thick gravy. This was accompanied by a side of vegetables.
Although the portion size was huge, I gave it a good go, and was surprised I only left a couple of mouthfuls – this is proper comfort food at its best.
From the grill, my partner chose the 12oz sirloin steak with homemade chips and onion rings, tomatoes and mushrooms (£20.75), and added peppercorn sauce for an extra £2.50. He likes his steak medium and this is exactly what he got, still pink and tender in the centre, and finished with a lovely brown seal on the outside. Everything was cooked to perfection, the bronze thick-cut chips had a fluffy middle, and the onion rings had a golden crisp exterior. The peppercorn sauce, which came in a small jug and sat neatly on the side of the plate, was rich and creamy.
We were too full to manage a dessert each, so we decided to share. I couldn’t resist the Tia Maria crème brulee (£5.25). Accompanied by two chocolate pretzels, we polished it off in a matter of minutes. As I smashed through the hard caramel top layer to reach the creamy texture of the custard base I could taste just a hint of coffee without it overpowering the whole dessert.
This rounded off what had been a lovely meal in relaxed surroundings.
Both the food and service were a hole in one, and I will definitely be calling in again.