Inspiration

A cosy couples retreat

The Copper Horse Restaurant and Cottages

Home to candy floss and stretches of sandy beaches, Scarborough has all you need for a classic beachside break. Just a short drive outside of Scarborough lies the sleepy village of Seamer. It is the perfect base to explore Yorkshire’s charming countryside, tiny fishing villages and family-friendly seaside resorts.

It is also home to the newly refurbished Copper Horse, which has been in the loving care of Nick and Sandra Thomas since 2005. On arrival at The Copper Horse we are greeted with the warmest of welcomes, it is clear to see why this family run establishment is a firm favourite both with the local community and those seeking a cosy couples retreat.

We are walked the few short steps to Palladium House, our home from home for the evening, the property boasts four luxurious boutique rooms, a communal lounge, country style kitchen and an outside courtyard.

The flexibility of the property offers you the chance to hire Palladium House as one fabulous holiday cottage, or rooms on an individual B&B basis. The place where we would be resting our heads for the evening would be the Black and White room, located on the first floor. A complimentary chilled bottle of fizz and local chocolates add to the decadent décor and cosy king size bed (which can be set up as a twin), which might make you think twice about leaving the sanctuary of the room.

After exploring all the delights Palladium House has to offer it is time for dinner. We head back along to The Copper Horse which from the outside lures you into thinking that you are entering a traditional country pub, once inside all these misgivings vanish, as you are transported to a scene that wouldn’t be out of place on the TV programme Mad Men.

The restaurant is bubbling with excited patrons in the many dining rooms that lead away from the main bar, the layout helps to retain an intimate ambience, with the warm glow of candlelight reflecting off the copper fixtures and features.

We enjoy a leisurely welcome drink in the bar sitting in comfy leather chairs while pondering over the menu, distracted by the show-stopping shiny copper bar that is the focal point of the room, and all the subtle showbiz influences.

It’s not just menu that is taste-bud tempting, the well-stocked bar of Yorkshire spirits, fine ales and a great selection of cocktails that even Don Draper would be happy with, lends The Copper Horse well to both an evening drink or dinner with loved ones, family and friends. We could easily sit here all night taking in all the intricate details from the copper coin tables, the playbills on the walls and photos of famous faces that have graced the seaside town of Scarborough, however our table is waiting for us.

Complimentary warm bread and garlic butter greet us as we take our seats and warm us up for the three course meal that is to follow. I start off with a silky smooth chicken liver parfait served in a delightful mini Kilner jar and accompanied with apple chutney & toast. I followed this with a 30 day aged 8oz fillet steak that was cooked to perfection in a 500-degree Bertha Oven. The succulent steak is served with tomato, Portobello mushrooms, watercress, the best beer battered onion rings I’ve ever tasted, and a Harrogate blue cheese sauce that was perfect for dunking the triple cooked chips into.

There are plenty of fine old and new world wines to choose from, we chose a Bordeaux that is borderline on pure heaven and was a perfect pairing for both the starter and main courses.

The Yorkshire cheese board was very tempting however it was the orange and lemon crème brulee that caught my eye and I was not disappointed. With a tap of the spoon it cracked straight through the sugary surface and I delved into the satin-velvet, citrusy cream beneath, the perfect finale to the evening.

The recent transformation of The Copper Horse adds a touch of Hollywood glamour to this North Yorkshire village, Nick and Sandra have created a contemporary and opulent restaurant and bar that delivers on both style and substance. Simple, statement, soul food, with a real showbiz flair is delivered in abundance. The food is exquisite, the service is slick with a friendly Seamer flair and what’s more you can even stay over and rest your head as you digest your food and dream of breakfast the next day.

The Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages is part of the HQ Collection – a group of family-owned pubs/restaurants and rooms which include the popular Mayfield Hotel, Pub and Carvery in Seamer, The Plough which is the latest addition located in Scalby alongside The Yew Tree Café & Bistro.