Restaurant review: The Claret Jug, Oulton Hall, Leeds

PIC: Simon Hulme
PIC: Simon Hulme
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The hustle and bustle of city life can be, quite frankly, chaotic at times.

But the beauty of Leeds is within a meer matter of minutes you can escape the pace of the city centre and retreat into the region’s stunning countryside surroundings.

Sometimes it is refreshing to take a break from the cosmopolitan beat of city living and let yourself truly relax.

Little Oliver and his lunch companion decided to pamper themselves and head to this majestic mid-18th century former mansion on the outskirts of Rothwell.

After parking at the back of the hotel, once we managed to navigate the sweeping driveway, we found ourselves taking an unexpected scenic route to The Claret Jug.

But we didn’t mind embarking on a short adventure through the perfectly maintained grounds of Oulton Hall.

Despite the drizzly weather we were certainly given a warm welcome when we arrived in the trendy restaurant.

A polite waiter ushered us to a table which gave us stunning views of the golf course as we perused through the lunch options.

If the weather had brightened up it would have been perfect to sit outside and enjoy our lunch, however this was just not meant to be.

It made a refreshing change to soak up the eyecatching countryside views and escape the plethora of city centre eateries.

The stone walls of the restaurant were adorned with golfing pictures and there was a particularly eye-catching arrangement of antlers above the bar which caught our attention.

The dining room was full of golfing enthusiasts who were tucking into their lunch as they took a break from the picturesque course and bunkers.

My dining companion and I were so busy enjoying the countryside views that we had to tell our waiter to give us an extra five minutes to ponder over the menu.

Lunch options included a chopped chicken salad, peppers courgette and avocado and a variety of sandwiches and wraps.

After a long debate my dining companion, who was torn between options, settled for the fish finger butty which came served on bloomer bread with tartar sauce and fries.

I opted for the smoked salmon sandwich which came with served with cucumber and cream cheese.

My partner was impressed with her tasty sandwich but she struggled to clear her plate because of its size.

The smoked salmon sandwich came with thing ribbons of cucumber which was a charming additional touch.

The toasted sandwich came served with a side salad and a portion of crisps but again it was also a slight struggle to clear the plate.

Overall our bill, which included two soft drinks, came in at £22.50.

The bill might have been a little bit on the pricey side but it was certainly worth the extra spend just to soak up the stunning views and for something a little bit special.

Rating: 4/5

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