Classic British dishes aren’t usually something I get too excited about nowadays with all the choice that’s on offer. It has to be something special for me to really enjoy it. After meeting Alan recently, from Cafe Nineteen & Burstwick Country Golf though, he invited us to try out his restaurant recently and assured me his food was something to get excited about.
Never one to turn down the opportunity to dine out, I took Alan up on his promise to tantalise our tastebuds with his classic menu. And I’m happy to say it was absolutely worth it! So I’ll give you 3 reasons why this countryside eatery is worth a trip out to Burstwick for and giving it a try yourself.
Ok so the main reason you go to any restaurant is the food right? Now Alan did promise us it was good… and he was absolutely right. We started off with two simple, yet beautiful dishes; I had the Crispy Camembert Wedges served with a cranberry sauce and salad, while my wife Laura, loved the classic Haddock & Spring Onion Fish Cakes served with salad and a tartare sauce. A great way to get started with wonderful flavours; the Camembert was served perfectly; oozing out creamy melted french cheese. Fish Cakes were soft with a mild haddock flavour combining perfectly with the potato and spring onion.
For mains, I had the classic Burstwick Burger (of course!) served with cheese and bacon while Laura went for the, very impressive, Sausage & Mash in a Giant Yorkshire Pudding.
Now as many of you will know, I’m a bit of a burger-connoisseur (yes it’s a real thing!) so I always analyse every detail of any burger I’m presented with. You might argue that a burger isn’t exactly ‘classic british’ but let’s be honest, it certainly is nowadays as most places adopt other worldwide cuisines into our menus – when was the last time you went to a pub and didn’t have a choice of a curry or lasagne, hey?
This burger was outstanding quality. It was a juicy steak mince patty with real cheddar and served with British bacon rashers, topped with a very nice burger relish. Don’t get me wrong, I love my american burgers, but it was nice to have a change from my usual experience at Aunt Bibbys or NYC. This burger was a classic in every sense of the word.
Now onto the Sausage and Mash – this was the dish that made us go “wow!” as it came out. Served in a Giant Yorkshire pudding and topped with twisted shavings of carrot, it was certainly well presented and the great news is, the taste matched it.
The “country” sausages were full of flavour. Alan told us later that his sausages (like at El Molino the other week) were from a local butcher in Hedon and that everything they have, they try to get in fresh each day, rather than freeze it. It’s a philosophy that we love about these great local restaurants we have in East Yorkshire, and it makes a huge difference to the flavour.
The mash potato served with the sausages was creamy and buttery and the “perfect amount” of gravy was served (it’s a right bugbear of Laura’s when a tiny thimble of gravy is served with the dish at many other places!) to accompany the dish.
To finish off (there’s always room for dessert!) we enjoyed the Chocolate Fudge Cake and creamy cornish ice cream, and Toffee Sponge pudding with hot custard. A lovely way to finish the meal.
Now although the food is fantastic, what’s really going to make you come out here are the stunning views of the vast East Yorkshire countryside while you dine.
Prices for the evening menu at Cafe Nineteen are fairly modest with starters ranging from just £3.99 up to £4.49.
Main courses start at just £8.49 (including the Sausage & Mash!) up to £10.49. Steak is more with an 8oz Sirloin at £15.99 while their special 28-day aged 10oz Fillet Steak is £23.99.
Sides range between £2.49 – £3.99 and desserts £3.99 to £4.99.
We’ve secured a great offer for What’s On Card members though, who can now get a huge 30% off all courses by using their digital card… that includes weekends too! There’s also 10% off their very reasonably priced lunch menu with mains ranging from £4.99 – £7.99.
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