Elegance is the watchword for Reflections – the in-house restaurant at The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough.
From the soft lighting, high-backed soft chairs, crisp white linen and silver cutlery, every detail is exquisitely executed.
A relaxed and refined atmosphere pervades the dining area, reception and bar as customers are greeted at the door, shown to a table in the bar area, handed a menu and a pre-dinner drink served.
Unhurried calm prevails as diners are encouraged to take their time in chosing from the menu – neither too extensive nor mean.
Starters range from plum roasted soup to fan of honeydew melon with a winterberry compote and from oak-smoked salmon and crab cake with mornay sauce to giant Yorkshire pudding with rich onion gravy.
I chose the soup which was hot, tangy and creamy and my dining companion Shirley opted for the melon, juicy, sweet with a tart accompaniment.
A choice of rustic breads were offered before the starters arrived which was a lovely extra touch.
Main course choice include meat, fish and vegetarian. Chicken, pork, lamb and steaks are offered plus cod, salmon and sea bass.
Poached chicken breast topped with brie and a cranberry and red currant jus was tempting for Shirley but after much deliberation she opted for the roast Scarborough cod with a savoury crust.
I opted for beef with oyster and black bean sauce – which gave it a distinct Chinese flavour. Both dishes were served with plenty of hand-cut chips and vegetables.
Steaks are a house speciality and a variety of sauces are offered.
Desserts are absolute indulgence – ranging from Malteser cheesecake, creme brulee, chocolate torte, lemon tart and ice-creams – and it is recommended you leave room because they are all delicious.
The menu changes with the seasons and regularly but steaks remain a constant. The restaurant prides itself on keeping the menu fresh – and using locally sourced produce.
It does dinner deals – with combined prices for two and three courses. It also offers a Sunday lunch menu again with ‘meal deals’ which at less than £18 for three courses is fantastic value.
My evening meal with Shirley followed swiftly on from a Sunday lunch with her and a friend as a birthday treat – so, to coin a phrase, the restaurant was so good we tried it twice.
On both occasions the service was friendly and professional. The timing between courses was perfect, we were encouraged to linger and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The Crescent also has a carvery which, like Reflections, is open to non-residents.
When I phoned to book for dinner I was told, honestly, that the first date I chose would have meant a long wait as the restaurant was already busy, so I opted for a quieter evening.
I’d rather be warned and given the choice of another evening than arriving to find the place busy and staff struggling to cope.
Reflections offers fine dining in elegant surroundings and a calm atmosphere – at a reasonable price. Our bill, with wine, came to under £60.
OVERALL RATING: 8