Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Nathan Lane
Wine Correspondent
1:00 AM 24th June 2023

Dining Out: The Curious Cow Of Harrogate

Wine Correspondent Nathan Lane went to try the new Spring / Summer menu at the Curious Cow, Killinghall, Near Harrogate. The new menu includes seasonal delights like Oak smoked salmon with pink grapefruit, orange and watercress salad, Maple glazed pork chop with chorizo and cheddar croquette, charred tenderstem broccoli, potato terrine and mustard sauce, as well as Black Truffle Rigatoni with mascarpone cheese and white wine sauce and Paris brown mushrooms.

Gastropubs aren’t a new thing any more, and we come to them with an expectation of a menu packed with modern British classics, a decent wine list and some local ales.

The Curious Cow of Harrogate exceeded our expectations at every turn. It’s located on the A59 on the outskirts of the town, and a large car park made for a welcoming and hassle-free start to our lunch.


The staff were friendly and quickly showed us to our table in a large conservatory (or orangery, I’m told). The dining room is bright and airy, with a view of the wood-fired pizza oven, a rarity in this type of establishment.

The menu offered a mixture of lunchtime specials, light snacks, pizzas and some classic dishes. We chose the duck liver pate and buttermilk chicken to start. The pate came with an ample supply of brioche toast and zingy fruit chutney. While the chicken was coated in a light batter and was accompanied by a great smoky red pepper sauce.

Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips
The main courses arrived promptly, and the fish and chips were generously sized. The fish was a well-cooked, flaky cod, served with skin on chunky chips, minted pea and seaweed tartare. As a side note, it was the third time in a week that seaweed tartare appeared on a menu, it must be having a moment.

Fish cakes
Fish cakes
The fish cakes came with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. The egg was perfectly poached, while the fish cake was crispy outside with a soft and juicy filling. It came with a leek sauce that was fine but didn’t add anything to the dish.

It’s worth noting that the lunch menu is only £15 for two courses. This is great value and highly recommended. You have a choice of starters and main, with something for every taste.

If you live in Harrogate or are passing through on the way to the Dales, The Curious Cow is definitely worth a visit.

The Curious Cow, Killinghall Harrogate HG3 2AP
01423 567035
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