The Copper Horse, based in Seamer, Scarborough, isn’t a new restaurant. It’s somewhere the husband and I have visited a few times before. However, after their extensive refurbishment, reopening in May 2016, it was somewhere we really had to revisit. More so since they won a Les Routiers Restaurant Of The Year 2017 Award.
I’d briefly visited after it’s reopening for lunch and could not believe the transformation. There is, however, a real difference when you visit places at different times of the day. Some have that day-time coffee time feel, where others are best in the evening where the ambience of table lights and candles, take over and The Copper Horse is exactly that.
That’s not to say that this isn’t somewhere to lunch at, as it most definitely is and I fully recommend the Chicken Caesar Salad. It just has a feel to it arriving for dinner, that I am struggling to word. A place where you walk in and say just one word.. ‘Yes’.
The Copper Horse isn’t part of a major ‘chain’, however it’s part of a group of three other establishments and knowing them all well, they are similar in their decor, but still fairly individuality, in that they’ve worked samey feel into each, but kept it true to the building in question.
The coin table, pictured above, was a great feature. I was completely struck by it and placed near a fire with two leather armchairs, it couldn’t have looked more perfect. However, it was not to be our table this time. We were though seated perfectly in a corner near a window, giving me ample opportunity t snap away with the little amount of light coming through.
Although the menu caters perfectly for every palette, allergy, preference, my husband and I both ordered steak. I know, I should of really tried something different to be able to give a more well-rounded review of what’s on offer, but apart from the fact that I have mine medium to well done and ‘drenched’ (as I get told) in peppercorn sauce and my husband has his medium rare, we’re steak lovers and that’s that. I did go all out for you though and ‘forced’ (I really didn’t, it was so good!) myself to eat a dessert of sticky toffee pudding, so don’t dislike me yet!
As with my love of Sunday Lunch aesthetics, I like the focus to be on my steak. I’d rather pay for a decent cut and cooked steak than for all the accompaniments like chips, onion rings etc. The Copper Horse have this just right. Although I did leave the tomato. Never been a fan of grilled tomato. The steaks are actually cooked in the Bertha oven, over charcoal and reaching temperatures of up to 500 degrees. Impressive. The chips were triple fried and perfect. Onion rings are always a treat, though always filling.
We really enjoyed our toddler-free, part Valentine’s/early husband’s birthday evening out here and will definitely be returning. The Crispy Chicken, Chorizo, and smoked mayo is calling my name.
The Copper Horse