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5.6 /6 Wonderful 14 Reviews

The Malt Shovel

Brearton European, British £££ +100
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About The Malt Shovel

Situated inside a historic coaching inn dating back to the 16th century, The Malt Shovel is a beautiful village gastropub located right on the village of Brearton’s Main Street, a short drive from the centre of Harrogate. Sympathetically restored to retain the buildings old world charm and original features, The Malt Shovel is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, drawing in diners from all over the North Yorkshire area for a menu replete with contemporary classics of British cuisine and a bar well stocked with whiskeys, wines and craft beers. To guarantee a table, making a reservation in advance is recommended.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
The Malt Shovel, Main Street, HG3 3BX Brearton

Further Information

With oak beams, exposed stone walls and vintage-style furniture, The Malt Shovel is a chic take on a traditional country pub, known for its sophisticated setting and menu of British and European cuisines. No matter if you’re looking for somewhere for a leisurely pub lunch, or an elegant evening meal, The Malt Shovel provides the perfect backdrop with its cosy fireplace and revamped traditional decor, making it a favourite among Brearton and Harrogate locals as well as guests from further afield in North Yorkshire. On the menu at lunchtime you’ll find everything from light bites like smoked cod & gruyere fish cakes with lemon, dill & shallot mayo, to a range of homemade sandwiches as well as larger mains like the homemade cumberland sausages served with mash, caramelized onion gravy and seasonal vegetables.

Head on over to The Malt Shovel in Brearton in the evening and begin your meal with some French onion soup, black pudding scotch egg or tempura king prawns with a Thai dressing, before moving on to some home-style steak & ale pie, Nidderdale chicken breast with creamy spinach, fondant potatoes and red wine jus, or the slow-cooked lamb and apricot stew. With plenty of choices for vegetarians as well as a comprehensive children’s menu, The Malt Shovel is an ideal choice for when dining as a group or family. You’ll find it located on Brearton’s village Main Street, a short drive away from the centre of Harrogate. Attracting guests from all over the UK, spaces at The Malt Shovel are limited, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

CHEF'S CHOICE

14 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 14 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: mute
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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Lawrence P.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 20:53

Excellent food, service and ambience, this was a Valentines lunch, the person serving us was attentive, the food was served quickly and well presented. Very good

Nigel H.
1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 20:53

We had a lovely time at the Malt Shovel. Fantastic food served in a great atmosphere in this country pub restaurant. Very friendly and relaxed service. We were made to feel really welcome

Hayley N.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 06:21

First class from booking through Quandoo, arriving, lovely table and excellent service from all staff members. Food was exceptional, presentation and service was first class. Excellent experience and will 100% return as soon as possible.

Richard r.
1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 04:22

Great food, lovely menu choices. Good service and a totally unhurried experience. The bill soon added up though and even though it was more expensive than other pubs we have visited, the quality of the food matched the final bill so we didn't feel had done by.

Liz W.
1 review so far 4
11.12.2016 19:29

The Location lived up to our expectations. The ambiance was pleasant too. However on the whole the food was a disappointment unfortunately! The crayfish starter was average but the avocados were under ripe so not the best taste. All 3 main courses were average but therefore overpriced for what we received. One was the belly pork which apparently was 'nothing special' as described by someone who eats out a lot. Another main was the game pie which was inoffensive but not outstanding. My main course was a very small mushroom stroganoff,mash and uninspiring carrots and broccoli.it was average again.The 2 desserts we ate : chocs tart and creme brûlée were average too. We were we expecting the food to be much better but it was no better than other local much larger pub chains. The food didn't live up to the higher price tag. Not inspired to return anytime soon. The service was slow and we never did get the bottle of water we asked for!

Robert W.
1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 02:40

A really good lunch at the Malt Shovel for all of us (6 people). All though the service was a bit slow the wait was worth it as the food was freshly made and of a very high standard. Service was very attentive at all times, and the atmosphere excellent with a rather nice fire warming the place up. Would certainly go back again.

Sylvia Hickling H.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 04:08

My first visit since the present owners took over some three years ago. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.We all enjoyed the food very much, we will definetly visit again.

Andrew B.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 06:22

Fantastic food, fantastic service, offered some off the menu options for vegetarians, no rush to get us out of the door despite us staying past closing time... we'll be back

Jan T.
1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 01:44

Absolutely excellent food and service. It's a few years since we've been but we'll definitely be going back soon. It's the best pub food we've had in a long time.

Malcolm C.
1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 07:45

Lovely atmosphere. Good service. Meals varied. Calves liver a bit over cooked. Goujons fine. Dover sole beautifully done with lovely lemon butter. Wine excellent. Sorry about the 5 ttonight. It was top marks last time.

Martin S.
1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 20:59

Lovely atmosphere, and wonderful food, what more could you want. very easy to book a table on line, rather than having to disturb them with phone calls.

Nick S.
1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 07:57

Excellent service, good menu, well cooked food and lovely setting. It is always a treat to be made to feel so welcome on a cold wet night.

Phil O.
1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 04:43

Food was excellent - impressive menu with plenty of choice and the dishes were well presented. Friendly service and a lovely setting. Will definitely return

Janet K.
1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 04:04

Rib of beef Sunday lunch was very good. Roast potatoes plus 4 different vegetables, cooked al dente. Large portion. Cafetiere of coffee was poor, weak.