This weekend found myself and the husband reach our 5th wedding anniversary, so in order to celebrate not having killed one another just yet, we decided to treat ourselves with a trip over to Harrogate and dine at Van Zeller.
I’d heard about Van Zeller through various write ups in the press and also via Steph from The Food I Eat – all very positive and we couldn’t wait to go.
The restaurant is tucked away on Montpellier Road, not too far away from one of our favourite pubs, the Old Bell, Van Zeller itself is a small, intimate restaurant. The interior was crisp, clean and classical with modern touches. As I sat down I couldn’t help but notice the shelves brimming with awards – would the food live up to these? We couldn’t wait to see the delicious treats on offer! We chose to dine from the a la carte menu, the other option being the 7 course tasting menu.
Upon selecting our wine and food, we were treated to some delicious warm bread and a delicious amuse bouche of carrot and caraway. The carrot was prepared 3 ways, puréed, pickled and there was also a carrot sorbet, resting on a caraway crumble.