Yorkshire country pub and restaurant The Dunsforth takes its name from the collective Dunsforths area that incorporates the twin villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth. Standing proud down the continuation of Holbeck Lane, The Dunsforth’s 19th-century premises are a waypoint for those scouring the English countryside for the nation’s best gastropubs. Guided by the seasons, The Dunsforth’s proprietors are passionate about providing diners with nothing but the best European cuisine and British classics created from locally-sourced ingredients. Matched by fantastic indoor and outdoor spaces in which to enjoy the fine food, wine and ale on offer, get a fix on The Dunsforth, not far from Boroughbridge, York, or Harrogate, and book a table now.
Very good, great food and very attentive staff, the drinks and atmosphere were great too, all in all a great visit I would highly recommend
I was looking for something special for my other half's birthday and came across The Dunsforth tooked away in a lovely Yorkshire village. It was everything I hoped it would be - a perfect balance of a top class restaurant with the charm and decor of a great village pub. The food was excellent both in taste and presentation, and the service was friendly and professional. Definitely one to return to!
2nd visit here for Sunday lunch- haven't beaten it yet. Very accommodating of our 2 children and food simply delicious. Highly recommend the desserts too. We booked for 12pm and were the only table for a while, which suits us for the children. Soon filled up so we had a longer wait for our desserts, but totally worth it. A super front of house gentleman, made the dining experience even better with his polite charm and humour. A fantastic place, with amazing food. Rare to find a gastropub that can serve such great food, 3 courses for £22, I would say is good value.
God is in the details when it comes to choosing the perfect Yorkshire gastropub, and The Dunsforth’s proprietors, chef patron Paul (formerly head chef at Harvey Nichols) and his partner Janine, have an eye for the divine, it seems. Their handsome pub and restaurant is a 19th-century landmark in Lower Dunsforth that’s easily spotted as you approach the village centre from Boroughbridge via Holbeck Lane or elsewhere in the Harrogate and York region. The interior is graced with Indian sandstone and Inglenook fireplaces kept stoked during the winter months. On summer evenings, enjoy your meal al fresco on the terrace with a glass of wine chosen from the considered list.
Committed simultaneously to modernity and classicism in its cuisine, The Dunsforth offers an inspired selection of British and continental dishes, all created from ingredients sourced from trusted local estates and suppliers. Even the fish is carefully chosen from day boats off Hartlepool and food miles are kept to an absolute minimum. All this effort results in a la carte, prix fixe, Sunday lunch, pub classics and rustic lunch menus packed with surprisingly affordable dishes that draw a curious gaggle from across the Harrogate region and top gastropub-seekers from even further afield. Always seasonal, our picks at the time of writing are the Holme Farm venison Carpaccio with beet remoulade, pickles, dandelion, and pain d’epices or the Shetland mussels to start; follow this up with the vegetarian Yorkshire asparagus with crispy duck egg, ceps, parmesan pastry and lotus root or the classic rump of Yorkshire lamb. Wednesday to Saturday you can indulge in three-courses of dishes such as these plus a half bottle of house wine for an incredibly good price. Book ahead and prepare to become a loyal patron at this Lower Dunsforth gem.