Bay Tree, Stillington
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What a delight it is to see a young couple making a go of a pub; with so many closing to take one on is a brave step.
Yorkshire lass Harri Scott and her (chef) partner Ed Allen have taken on the Bay Tree at Stillington, which has something of a potted reputation. My very reliable sources, however, told me they are working wonders with the place.
The pub had an extensive makeover a while back, and the couple have kept it somewhat similar. The modernism will not suit everyone, but it is not offensive in any way, though the swathes of green paint could be toned down a little and the real flame- gas fire offers effect but little warmth. Seriously, though, these are just minor points.
Ed has an impressive reputation in the kitchen, so unsurprisingly the Bay Tree has an emphasis on food, but is not wholly led by it. There were enough drinkers at the bar bearing testament to this and their evident enjoyment of the beers and wines on offer.
There is room aplenty on the menu to show off Ed’s flair in the kitchen. And, for those who like classic pub food, there’s a blackboard of all the usuals.
The Bay Tree is not yet perfect, with tightening up around service needed, but they’ll get there.
There is no knocking their enthusiasm; I just hope they keep pushing the standards, and all will be well.

About The Author

Following a successful career as a chef and restaurateur, Yorkshire's Elaine Lemm is a highly respected food and drink writer and recently voted one of the top 50 in the UK. Elaine is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and author of three books,The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding, The Great Book of Rhubarb and The Great Book of Tea.

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