Dining Out: The Rosette, Hackness Road, Scarborough

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The Rosette has long been a fixture on Scarborough’s pub scene, with a reputation as a family pub offering food at reasonable prices.

Following a recent refurbishment, the pub has a new look and updated menu, so I was interested to see what had changed since my last visit.

There had always been a decent amount of choice on the food menu, but the new selection seems more extensive than ever before.

We visited on a Thursday night, which meant we could enjoy a meal and stay for the quiz afterwards, which we would definitely recommend.

There are plenty of pub classics on offer such as scampi and chips (£5.99), beef and cheddar suet pudding (£7.49) and beef and red wine lasagne (£5.79).

We went for beef chilli, served with rice, house-fried corn nachos and sour cream (£5.49), sizzling fajitas with halloumi, peppers, onions, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños and Cheddar cheese (£7.99) and Stilton and mushroom chicken with a roasted flat mushroom and Cropwell Bishop Stilton, served with mash, peas and a creamy mushroom and brandy sauce (£6.29).

The food didn’t take long to arrive and we noted that it was all really well presented. The portion sizes are fairly generous too.

My choice of fajitas was a real treat, with generous amounts of veg and halloumi, chargrilled to create plenty of flavour.

The peppers and onions were great but it would have been nice to have more variety of veg in the dish.

My dining pals loved their dishes too and were impressed with the quality, especially considering the price.

We all said that we’d definitely come again, perhaps to try the lunchtime deal (free soft drink with any sandwich, super sub or wrap) or the two for £8 deal, which runs all day, Monday to Friday.

Though our main courses were pretty filling, we really wanted to try a dessert as the menu looked hard to resist.

We ordered a lemon meringue bar – a biscuit base topped with a tangy lemon filling and meringue, served with fluffy cream and black cherry compote (£3.49, Irish cream profiteroles served with vanilla ice-cream, fluffy cream and toffee sauce (£3.69) and caramel apple crumble with a choice of custard, vanilla ice cream or fluffy cream (£3.29).

The desserts were as impressive as the mains. It was hard to choose as everything sounded lovely, but we were really happy with our choices.

I can vouch for all three as we tried a taste of each other’s pud in the name of research.

We didn’t win the quiz sadly, but as far as the food, atmosphere and service were concerned, it seems the Rosette has managed to achieve a winning combination.