350 years old and still going strong….

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.



Markham Moor

Old Great North Road



DN22 0PZ

Tel: 01777 838 229




Whittakers – A Contemporary Bar & Restaurant in Long Bennington.

So, having already checked out the menu the night before, I knew exactly what I was having for dinner.  Deep-fried Camembert to start, Fish and chips for main and, oh, hadn’t quite made up my mind yet as to which desert. I had thought of nothing else all day!!

We arrived for early dinner at Whittakers in Long Bennington on a not so sunny Tuesday evening. The restaurant is light and airy with the most amazing glass doors to 2 sides of the room. A lovely decked area which, on a summers evening, would be great to sit and watch the world go by with a drink of your choice. The restaurant wasn’t busy and we had a drink at the bar while Shaun chose his dinner delights. The bar is long with stools and a small seating area at the end, again the décor is up to date with stripes and neutral colours.


Food was decided and we were shown to our table.  The host was very professional and personable.  I asked if she would recommend any dishes and her reply was “they are all good!”  With a good use of the space, the tables were set with heavy cutlery and beautiful glasses.

The starters arrived and, wow, the camembert was truly delightful – it was light and crisp and the rhubarb and Almond in the accompanying chutney worked really well.  Shaun had the duck pancakes and he refused to share as they were too good. They were big and full of rich duck meat which melted on your tongue. The teriyaki sauce completed the deal.


So came out the fish and chips with homemade Tartar sauce.  Tartar Sauce is my favourite of them all and this did not disappoint, with the creamy texture and the saltiness of the capers it was a real hit. The fish was well cooked and the batter light and fluffy, big fat chips completed the dish. Shaun had opted for the steak:  this was cooked to perfection, simple steak with chips, mushroom and a grilled tomato. But as long as the steak is cooked correctly you need nothing else.

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So on to desert, which neither of us really needed but, as our eyes were bigger than our bellies and our desire to taste more was rife, we ordered.  I went for the Panna cotta and Shaun chose the Chocolate Brownie with toffee sauce and white chocolate ice cream.  Wow!  Amazing!  The panna cotta was the best we had ever tasted, light, smooth and full of flavour. The brownie was a rich chocolate cake with a sweet sauce and a delicious white chocolate ice cream which complemented each other perfectly.


So with our tummies full of lovely food, and our belts adjusted slightly, we left for home.  I would absolutely recommend Whitakers for either a drink or a meal as the surrounding are perfect and the atmosphere welcoming.

A Contemporary Bar & Restaurant in Long Bennington.


96 Main Road, Long Bennington, Newark, NG23 5DJ T: 01400 282002