CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE FLEECE!
An amazing Friday evening spent at the Fleece Countryside Inn for one of their Christmas parties. It included arrival drinks, a three course meal and music from the ultimate high energy party band, Reem.
The Fleece Countryside Inn, is situated in Barkisland. It is a beautiful Yorkshire pub/restaurant. They have two beautiful terraces and the view is to die for. The Fleece is a fabulous, all year round pub, serving traditional Yorkshire grub. I don’t know anyone that hasn’t spent a summers day on the terrace or a winter Sunday afternoon eating one of their roasts. And if you haven’t done either, I would make sure you check it out ASAP. As well as having a stunning terrace, with an amazing view, which is perfect in the summers when they have their Barbecue and it even makes the perfect wedding and event venue. They even have some amazing, friendly wedding/event planners that you should 100% get in contact with! I promise you won’t regret it!
So, on to this fabulous Christmas party, which definitely got me into the festive mood. My friend was lucky enough to win a table for 10, however it was only £32.50 per person, so great value for money for the quality and service you get at the Fleece. The evening began around 7pm, with food served around 7:30. When we arrived, we were directed to their newly decorated drinking lounge. With rustic wooden walls, sofas and covered in fairy lights and Christmas decorations. It was super cosy and festive and we even had a lovely glass of Prosecco waiting for us. It made me instantly feel super festive, as it is still early in the month for a Christmas party.
To start I decided to go with the Crispy Goats Cheese Crotin, with spiced cranberry jam and flaked almonds. If you know me, you will know that I can never say no to cheese, so when I saw this on the menu I just had to try it. The goats cheese wasn’t too strong and the sweet cranberries cut through that goats cheese taste that most don’t like. It was the perfect starter for me! My friend went for the Fleece Prawn Cocktail, with crevette, pickled cucumber, bourbon marie rose and brown bread. It looked amazing and I had serious food envy, until she was de-heading her prawn and squirt it all over my cutlery. I wish I could have tried all the starters on the Christmas menu, as they all sounded great!
Now on to main course, as it was a Christmas party, the majority of the table had Roast Norfolk Turkey, duck fat potatoes, pigs in blankets and chestnut stuffing. The portions for this were insane, so much turkey and veg, everyone loved it! However, I didn’t fancy turkey because if I get it every time I eat out, I will be sick of it by Christmas day. So I got the Braised Featherblade of Beef, pancetta, baby onions, mushrooms and red wine gravy. All the main course were served with sprouts, carrots and green beans. If I did have one complaint it would be that the vegetables were slightly under done, as I even struggled to get my fork into my sprouts. However I easily over looked this, as the beef melted in my mouth and the mash was perfect, velvety and creamy. The portions at the Fleece are really generous, tasty and great value for money. After the main courses we were all super full, but luckily we had a lovely break before dessert to play stand up bingo, with the prize being a bottle of Champagne. And of course, our table won!
Finally, we got given our desserts. As soon as I saw it on the menu I knew I had to pick it; Sticky Toffee Pudding, toffee sauce and clotted cream. It was delicious, warm and sticky but again a huge portion that I even struggled to finish it, which is very unlike me.
Side note, it would of been miles better with Ice Cream instead, haha!
Once we had all finished eating the band came on, the drinks started flowing and everyone started to get up to have a little boogie. The atmosphere at the Fleece is great, warm and welcoming and everyone looked like they were really enjoying themselves. I know I had a great night and I can’t wait for more nights at the Fleece (especially in Summer).
There is also two parties on this weekend and one is with a Michael Bible tribute, so make sure you book on to them. They have also just released their new winter menu, so if Christmas parties aren’t for you, then book a table and check out their tasty new menu. I can’t wait to make another trip to try it out – http://fleece-inn.com/xmas-parties/
Hope you enjoyed my second festive review for Blogmas and let me know your opinions of the Fleece Inn, in the comments below!
Every Friday at 5pm expect some great reviews, good or bad, of all the places I go to. And this December they are all festive themed to get us all in to that Christmas Spirit!