Delicious twists on classic dishes
Some books stick with us throughout our lives, and for me, The Great Gatsby is definitely one of them. So when I was told I would be dining at The Earl of Doncaster Hotel, I was over the moon.
Anyone who has enjoyed getting lost in the stylish and lavish pages (or the extravagant scenes of the Baz Luhrman film) will absolutely adore the roaring 1920’s décor of The Café Bar Concerto Restaurant.
As my partner and I walked through the door, we were greeted by a gold piano, grand chandeliers and art deco wallpaper. After soaking up the stunning surroundings and enjoying a glass of prosecco (£6.50), we were well and truly transported to another world.
Alongside their bar food menu, head chef Derek Hudson has created a Table d’Hote Menu, streamlined to just three options under each course (two courses, £19.95 and three courses £24.95), yet still manages to offer a variety of dishes. This was ideal for indecisive people such as myself and much to the relief of my hungry partner.
Derek has only been at The Earl of Doncaster for seven months, but has over 30 years of experience having worked in some of the best kitchens all over the UK, from Cornwall to the Highlands. And though this menu offers some classic dishes, he has a knack for putting his signature twist on them.
I started with the Langoustine Tails, three giant, juicy prawns served in a light batter and accompanied by a tomato and star anise coulis. With its oriental flavours and wedges of lime, this was a delightful and light option.
My partner started with the soup of the day, carrot and coriander. Thick with a hint of pepper and served with a warm bread roll, it was filling and comforting.
Moving onto mains, my pan fried duck breast with kumquat sauce and buttery crushed new potatoes was a delicious and exotic twist to the classic duck and orange combination. My partner meanwhile, had the shredded and rolled beef brisket served in a red wine jus, mashed potatoes and confit shallots, which was slightly smoky and full flavour.
For dessert, I had the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, I felt I’d saved the best for last. My partner had the cheesecake of the day, which meant more chocolate, and though he commented on how rich it was, he finished every last bite.
I was sad to leave the Gatsby-esq furnishings of The Earl of Doncaster, but look forward to returning one day to sample more delicious twists on classic dishes and to find out if the hotel rooms are as extravagant as their restaurant.
The Earl of Doncaster, Bennetthorpe, Doncaster, DN2 6AD
Tel: 01302 361371