After a recommendation from friends, we took a day trip out from Durham to Crathorne on a glorious, sunny day in July. Easy to find, as this quaint North Yorkshire village is justoffthe A19 and the Crathorne Arms is one of the first buildings you come to. We asked to eat outside, which wasn't a problem as they had expanded their very pleasant and quirky outside seating area (nothing seemed to match!) during the course of the pandemic. We appreciated the wide canvas parasols as the midday sun really was hot, and we felt safe and settled after we were given the menu and some very tasty home made nan bread and butter to nibble on.
We chose the very reasonable three course Price Fixe for £25, although there is an a la carte menu too. I started with the Ox Tongue jelly with a celeriac sauce, while my partner opted for what we later learnt was their signature dish, the seafood pancake. The Ox tongue was good, although I'll choose the really delicious pancake next time! For the main, the beer battered fish cake with lobster cream was outstanding, really creamy and tasty, and we both chose the vanilla ice cream for desert, on this baking day, and the honeycomb and chocolate sauce completed a really enjoyable and indulgent meal.
The service was very friendly and efficient, and we left very happy for a walk around the village and surrounding area. We will return for sure, and definitely recommended.
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