They say that the best things in life come to those who wait.
And that is certainly true after Oliver decided to reacquaint himself with The Rythre Arms.
It has been a few years since Oliver ventured 20 miles out of Leeds city centre to the steakhouse on the outskirts of Tadcaster.
After negotiating a series of winding roads in the darkness my dining partner and I were slightly worried about missing our booking on a Saturday night.
We were running behind schedule and missed a few turn offs along our mystery drive into the depths of the Yorkshire countryside.
But like an old friend the white steakhouse welcomed Oliver back with open arms.
And it was certainly worth the lengthy drive into what seemed like the middle of nowhere.
The bright white building greeted us after driving for what seemed like hours on dark winding roads in the village of Ryther between Tadcaster and Selby.
This unassuming, fairly nondescript English pub plays home to the most incredible specialist steak menu – including a 78oz beast named the Rythre Monster.
And the steakhouse certainly is one of Leeds’s best kept secrets.
Oliver and his dining partner felt like they were stepping into a quaint country pub.
We were greeted by a friendly waitress who ushered us to our table in front of a giant bay window.
My dining companion and I both noted that it was like we were sitting in someone’s front room because of the homely and relaxing atmosphere.
To one side of the room was a large bookcase filled with ornaments paying tribute to all things cow-related.
Next to us was a giant fireplace and we were impressed with the deep brown and red colour combination that decorated the bustling room.
Now it’s not very often that a dining experience truly shocks Oliver.
But Oliver’s dining partner couldn’t help but let out a sharp gasp when the table next to us ordered their food.
Nothing could be more shocking to a meat lover than the waitress declaring that someone had ordered a fillet steak well done.
It was the ultimate carnivore crime.
But we were determined not to let this slight faux pas spoil our dining experience.
The Rythre Arms has been run by the Linley family since 1984 and was originally established as a specialist game restaurant. And if there’s one thing the Linley family take pride in, it’s their cuts of meat.
Oliver could tell just by glancing at the menu that he was in for a treat – especially with the detailed information about the cuts and techniques used to cook each steak.
Oliver was delighted to read about how The Rythre Arms picks its best steaks from nurturing and maturing the cuts of meat by hanging them for up to three weeks.
It was also heartening to discover that the kitchen even butchers its own steak on the premises.
If there is one thing The Rythre Arms prides itself on knowing how to cook it is all things steak and we were spoiled for choice with the options available on the menu.
There were even a variety of suggestions on the detailed menu about how each cut should be cooked just to ensure that diners get the best taste sensation from their meals.
For starter my dining partner opted for the beer battered haggis which came served with home made gravy and red onions.
He said it was one of the best pieces of haggis he had ever tasted and left him wanting more.
Oliver opted for the homemade pate which came served with small squares of toast and a delicious homemade chutney.
The pate was smooth and packed full of flavour and the chutney was well seasoned and added an extra kick to the dish.
For the main course my dining partner decided to sample the beef wellington.
Making a perfect beef wellington is something of an art form and is a real test of any chef’s culinary skills.
The 8oz fillet steak came wrapped in pate, bacon and puff pastry parcel which was served with a port and mushroom sauce.
My dining partner was delighted with his choice. The pastry was crisp and light while the steak, which was a fantastic shade of pink, just melted in his mouth.
Oliver couldn’t help but sample a corner.
For Oliver’s main course he decided to opt for a rare 8oz extra mature ribeye steak.
The rare piece of meat just glistened on the plate and was a feast for the eyes. The knife just glided through the chunk of meat which was succulent and tasty.
Our mains came served with a side plate of chips, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli.
There were plenty of other options to choose from the mains menu including chateaubriand, chicken veronique and a rack of lamb.
For those who maybe want to pass on all things cow, which in Oliver’s eyes would be a complete travesty, there were a variety of fish dishes including flash fried king prawns and roast salmon.
But unfortunately for Oliver and his dining partner both of them were far too full to sample a dessert after battling through our main courses.
Overall our bill ,which included a soft drink and a pint of beer, tipped the scales at just over £60.
Oliver was glad to have revisited The Rythre Arms and hopefully it won’t be too long until the next excursion.
The only downside was wondering, as we ventured out into the darkness, whether Oliver’s dining partner would get lost on the winding roads home.
Address: The Rythre Arms, Main Street, Ryther, LS24 9EE.
Opening times: Monday - Saturday 6pm - 11pm and Sunday 2pm -8pm.
Tel: 01757 268372.
Website: www. rythrearms.co.uk.