Twine and Barrel opened last December at the site of what was The Windmill pub in Dunnington. It’s been completely refurbished inside and the decor is contemporary but relaxed. As a table of seven, we were seated in the conservatory which, incidentally, provides a good view out onto the newly created beer garden.
Like in the restaurant, the tables in the beer garden are well spaced out and perfect for summer al fresco dining (or even just a few beers in the sun!).
The chef at Twine and Barrel is Chris Hemsworth (yes, I imagine he has heard that before) who has worked in fine dining for many years, including a stint at The Savoy Grill in London. He has a great reputation and we were not disappointed. As there were a few of us (including kids) we got to try a few different dishes. I am a little predictable and ordered the 10oz Dry Aged Sirloin. It was served with Triple Cooked Chips, Vine Tomatoes, Field Mushrooms and Watercress. I have to say, it was the most marvellous steak – succulent and tasty. It was a real treat and certainly something to go back for.
My brother wanted something a little different and chose the Farmed Sea Bass with Lemon Risotto, Confit Tomato and a Salsa Verdi. His verdict, and I quote: ‘best meal I have had in a long time’.
Gluten Free Options at Twine and Barrel
My sister has coeliac disease and went for the gluten free Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Salsa Verdi, Baby Corn and Cream Potato. We were impressed by the amount of gluten free options available.
My daughter ordered the cheesy pasta bake with garlic bread from the kids menu.
We were, I believe, served by the manager during our meal who was friendly and welcoming throughout. We were made to feel very comfortable. The average price of meals at Twine and Barrel is only very slightly higher than normal pub prices. However the quality of the food and attention to detail of the flavours, in my opinion, is far beyond normal pub grub. Great food and a nice atmosphere.
Have a look at our post to find other country pubs near York.