You’re welcome! So says the tagline on the mini-brochures at the entrance to The Old Mill hotel and restaurant, perched high on the Wolds just outside Langtoft, on the way out to Driffield.
The welcome outside as we got out of the car was, well, different ... and slightly sloppy. Four big lovely labradors bounded up to us to nuzzlingly investigate these strangers.
Inside, the welcome was a warm one, literally. The hotel’s new biomass boiler (super efficient even without the radiators on, apparently) made for very cosy surroundings as we settled into the comfy lounge opposite the bar to peruse the menu and enjoy drinks.
The walls, in crisp purple and white colours, feature paintings of our canine welcoming committee, as well as other dogs. A small TV faces the bar and a mock-flame contemporary electric fire is a counterpoint to the comfy old sofas.
Orders taken, and our party was seated in the quite extensive a la carte restaurant, which continues the purple and white theme and features stout country tables and chairs. A light and airy room, it is blessed with views across the countryside, although to spot the coast would mean going up to the hotel’s bedrooms.
The hotel itself dates back to the 17th century when it was the farmhouse attached to the corn mill. The olde world charm is nicely complemented by the modern touches.
The spring-summer menu contains nine starters, 12 main options (including three steaks) and six desserts.
Among our starter choices was homemade asparagus soup (£5.10), which had a perfect texture and a spicy tang; light-pastry vol au vent filled with smoked salmon (£5.75); and garlic ciabatta with tomato and mozzarella (£5), the warm melted cheese oozing down the sides of the crisp toasted bread.
It was a surprise to see an absence of a chicken dish in the main courses – it seems to be a staple in most restaurants – but there was plenty of other choices. Seafood was well represented, with four options, from which I chose fillet of seabass with a roasted red pepper and butter sauce (£12.90).
The “Givendale Prime” (locally sourced) steaks seemed good value, and proved to be excellent choices for four of our party, who went for ribeye (£17.95) and rump (£14.75).
The meat was cooked to perfection, to each person’s differing requirements, and the accompanying chunky chips were fluffy on the inside through a crunchy coating.
The mains typified the style of the restaurant – good, thoughtfully prepared, well-cooked, no-frills food.
After a rest we each found a corner to squeeze in a dessert, at £4.95 each.
The butterscotch sponge with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream was simply superb; the lemon panna cotta with amaretto biscuits a refreshingly zingy finale; and the amaretto ice-cream, part of a trio of helpings from a choice of five flavours, was amar-azing! So much so that I just had to finish with an amaretto coffee.
You’re welcome, indeed. On a Monday evening (for a family celebration), we were the only diners, there was no staff other than the owners, but we received as warm a welcome and as satisfying a meal as I’ve had in a long time.
Food - 8
Menu choice - 8
Service - 9
Decor - 8
Ambience - 7
OVERALL RATING - 8