Restaurant review: Stunning views at The KP Club
The Guide's Food Spy at The KP Club, Pocklington ...
Driving across the Yorkshire Wolds during a heavy snow storm didn't initially sound like a sensible plan, particularly in my small metal lunchbox of a car.
But having set my sights on dining at The KP Club, I wasn't going to let a thick carpet of the white stuff put me off.
Standing water on the A1079 at Bishop Burton and icy conditions around Market Weighton nearly made us turn back, and when we saw the roads in Pocklington we were sure we wouldn't make it to the KP.
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But we had not accounted for the snow plough which had carved a clear, pristine path all the way up to the venue.
My partner and I had studied the menu in advance on the website, so had a good idea of what we were going to order.
To start with, we decided to share four of the "pick and mix" starters (£2.50 per dish).
My partner chose the crispy pig's ears with cider pickled onions and the Fullers bread with Bloody Mary dip, while I went for the gypsy toast with smoked salmon and the crispy hen's egg with ale syrup.
For the main course, I was immediately drawn to the KP Burger (£10.95), which was served with Wensleydale cheese, tomato jam, bacon, onion rings and dripping-cooked chips with aioli.
My partner decided to sample the shepherd's pie (£9.95).
The young chap on the bar was very helpful and answered every question we threw at him, from when the building was built to how many sharing dishes would satisfy our rumbling tummies.
As we waited for our food to arrive we enjoyed a pint of Wold Top bitter (£3.95) and a fresh orange juice (£1.25) while taking in the stunning scenery.
Surrounded by rolling hills and overlooking the vale of York means the KP Club offers some fantastic views, and thanks to its huge glass windows, guests can enjoy these whether eating in the lounge or sipping cocktails at the bar.
We opted for a wooden table in front of one of the windows, so we could watch as the sun set in the distance – perfect.
The clubhouse was completed about five years ago and is a contemporary mix of glass, steel, stone and timber.
This cool, contemporary theme continues inside with plush, red velvet sofas and an array of leather, wooden and birdcage-like chairs (there is no doubt a term for these but I'm not au fait with it).
When our starters arrived we were very impressed with the presentation, and even more so with the taste.
I was particularly taken with the generous serving of gypsy toast while the crispy egg was perfectly cooked and came with a piece of crispy bacon for dipping purposes.
The pig's ears also went down a storm and were nearly polished off by my partner before I could even get a look in.
The Fullers bread was tasty and soft, although it was easily overshadowed by the other dishes.
Despite being ravenous before we arrived, the size of the KP burger was quite daunting.
The meat was rich and juicy and tasted a little like it had been cooked in red wine, although that could have been one of the accompanying dressings.
It was served on a narrow wooden plate surrounded by piles of chips and onion rings.
I really didn't want to share but there was just too much to eat by myself, so I reluctantly piled a few chips on my partner's plate, along with a slice of burger.
The shepherd's pie was unusual in that it came encased in pastry with a mash potato top – a real winner as far as my partner was concerned.
Sometimes, pies contain more air than meat but this one was crammed with tasty mince, accompanied by a side dish of buttered carrots.
Sadly, we were too full for dessert, but managed a soya milk latte (£2.65) and an Early Grey tea (£1.80), both of which came with handmade cookies.
I've attended many business functions at the KP, but have somehow never got around to eating there.
Clearly, the snow had discouraged others from travelling as we had our pick of tables and parking spots, whereas on previous visits it has always been packed.
Needless to say, it won't be long before we make a return visit.
The KP Club
Where: Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF.
Call: 01759 303090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open: Food served from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 6pm on Sundays.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.
Vegetarian: Options available.
Family friendly? Yes.
Parking: Plenty of parking on site.
Quality of food: Excellent.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and much less formal than we'd expected.
Value for money: Our bill came to £40.55, including drinks, which we thought was good for the amount of quality food we had.
Best for: Brunch, lunch, supper, weddings, post-golf meals – anything you want, really.
Would you go again? Yes.