Farrer’s, Scarborough Spa: A bistro that spa-rkles

Farrer's Bar and Bistro.
Farrer's Bar and Bistro.

Farrer’s Bar and Bistro is just what the Spa needed – a fresh, bright place to eat and drink – and enjoy the view.

The bistro – named after Thomasin Farrer, the woman credited with discovering the efficacy of Scarborough spa waters – is a vast improvement on its predecessor.

The setting is modern and stylish and the decor light and airy – thanks to the more windows which have been created. There is also an outdoor area for those who prefer to dine and drink al fresco.

It is a boon to be able to eat at the same place you are going to see a show or gig – as the Stephen Joseph Theatre can testify.

And there are not many entertainment venues around where you cannot get a drink – for most people it’s part of the experience of going to a concert, play etc.

So a huge round of applause for the Spa management for getting its act together and getting Farrer’s up and running.

It is also open on Sundays and serves food from 11am until 9pm, as it does the rest of the week.

So, to the food. The three of us could not fault what we had. One of my companions had to settle for the steak when told the bistro had run out of the fish – a cardinal sin for a seaside eaterie. To be absolutely fair scampi was offered as an alternative.

And it was not that she minded when the rib eye – £14.50 – came cooked perfectly to specifications accompanied by hand-cut chips and onion rings.

Neither was there any complaints about the beef and ale pie – £12.50 – again accompanied by chips. There were also a portion of peas.

My burger – £8.50 – smoothered in red onion and tomatoes – was wonderful. It, too, came with hand-cut chips, served in a wire basket, and onion rings.

The menu also includes a pasta dish, vegetarian options and lighter bites including sandwiches, soup, pate and antipasti. There are also breakfast choices.

The wine list includes plenty of choice – to suit tastes and wallets. Dessert choice is not extensive but what there was – chocolate fudge cake, cheese cake and ice cream was lovely.

I had it on good authority that the chocolate fudge cake was ‘delish’ and the strawberry-topped cheese cake was 
equally lush.

All the dishes were well presented and the main courses piping hot. The bill for three of us – without drinks – came to under £50 which is good value.

The setting is great, the decor bright and new, the food good – what let Farrer’s down, for me, was the service.

It was niggly little things I minded: tables not cleared – though I do understand this is not a restaurant with at-the-table service – and, a pet hate, a man who got to the bar after me being served first.

If bar staff are unsure a simple: “Who’s next please?” usually suffices.

That off my chest – Farrer’s is definitely a place to check out.

It is in a perfect location, yards away from South Bay Beach.

Whether you are going to an event or not it provides a bright, modern new eating place for all the family to enjoy and serves tasty, value-for-money food catering for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.


Food 7

Menu choice 8

Service 6

Decor 8

Ambience 7