Having driven past the Markham Moor Inn many times on my way to Retford I have to confess that it never featured on my radar for food – that is until Friday night.
After a glowing recommendation from a friend we arrived on Friday at 8pm for dinner and what a dinner it was – modern, flavoursome and amazing value for money at just £33 per head for a three course menu.
We kicked off the evening with an amuse bouche of cool potato and leek soup and some homemade breads and whipped butter. Then straight into our starters, all four of which looked and tasted sensational. Ravioli of rabbit with chicken mousse, fondue of oyster mushrooms, parmesan and black truffle oil looked as wonderful as it tasted, The Salt cod and scallop bon bons sitting on giant couscous and decorated with preserved lemon, samphire and warm saffron yoghurt was also a piece of art on a plate. The antipasti and Gallette of Markham’s hot smoked salmon, cromer crab and pink prawns were both sensation too, colourful, pretty and flavoursome.
After those amazing starters the mains that followed did not disappoint and tickled our taste buds even more with amazing dish’s of Aged Yorkshire sirloin steak, caramelised red onion and thyme tart with dauphinoise potato and a Madeira sauce. This dish was very perfectly cooked with the steak perfectly pink just the way we had requested.
There was also an amazing Trio of lamb:- Rib served nice and pink with a slow cooked confit shoulder and lamb kefta crushed roast garlic sweet potato and pomegranate jus and finally the Maple glazed pork belly, served with saute of pak choi, shiitake, shredded mange tout, new potato and apple cake.
To full for desserts but determined to battle on once we had read the sweet list we all opted for something sensational to finish off the evening. Before these came and while we had a little rest between courses we were served with a lovely little pre dessert of chocolate and passion fruit mousse it was pretty and tasty and we all begged for more once this was finished as it was so lip smakingly good!
Our desserts topped off a wonderful meal with Sugar glazed lovage creme brulee, with a side of roasted peach ice cream. Lime and mascarpone cheesecake accompanied by watermelon salsa. Iced prune and muscat parfait, muscat jelly and tiny crumbles of tasty ginger bread and last but not least Hot carrot pudding with butterscotch sauce and Granny Smith compote.
Coffee and petite fours rounded off the night to perfection and we went home with a giant smile on our faces.
So in short – don’t drive by the Markham Moor Inn – STOP – go in and give them a try, we can guarantee you will be glad you did! Husband and wife, Stephen and Laura Heath purchased this run down 350 year old roadside inn in 1999 and have slowly refurbished the interior to showcase their wonderful menus. With over 35 years in the catering industry – you will be assured a warm welcome and a happy tummy when you leave so what are you waiting for, book your table now.
Old Great North Road
Tel: 01777 838 229