The Old Weighing Room – Doncaster Racecourse.

It’s not often I get to eat in such unusual surroundings. Built in an ‘Art Deco meets Classical Empire’ style in 1920, The Old Weighing Room manages to feel both historic and modern. With black matt wooden floor boards, black tables, off white walls, black beams and high white ceilings, this building has a smart, urban feel.

The staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Without doubt, they are one of the reasons that this 70 seater restaurant has been full every night since opening back in April.

We start with the excellent Trio of Salmon. The Thai Gravadlax, a happy rework of the Scandinavian classic, has a gently spiced kick. The luxurious Salmon Mousse, is rich and creamy. And the Whisky Smoked Salmon is smooth and beautifully paired with delicate sour cream.

Next, the perfectly cooked Roast Pigeon. Served rare, the bird is moist, tender and presented upon a bed of earthy vegetable ribbons.

For Mains, the well seasoned Monkfish Saltimbocca, wrapped in Pancetta. Appropriately, this has a light, bright, citrus butter and a firm meaty texture.

The Cannon of Beef delights. Served with a deliciously meaty Ox Tail Tortellini, sweet Rosti Potato, gently wilted Spinach and superb Trumpet and Oyster Mushrooms. And for dessert, the elegant Trio of Dark Chocolate – with squidgy Brownie, fluffy Cheesecake and rich Marquise.


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