Leanne and Julian Broadhead head to The Angel at Spinkhill. Despite only being 15 minutes from the centre of Worksop, we very much enjoyed the scenic drive on the beautiful Saturday evening that we decided to visit The Angel at Spinkhill. We hadn’t visited before, but knew that it was under the same guidance and direction of owners Chris and Jean Norfolk who run another local gem, the Elm Tree at Elmton, so expectations were high!
Although we had no prior knowledge of what it looked like previously, we had read on their website that The Angel had undergone a major renovation and refurbishment — and it certainly shows. The building with its crisply painted exterior and contemporary outdoor space at the back, is quite deceptive upon first impressions. Once inside, the large building is split in to numerous cosy dining and drinking snugs and rooms.
Once seated, it was great to just kick back and chill — while contemplating the extensive menu — and this is easy to do in the cosy surroundings of this destination eatery. If you prefer an elegant meal, more reminiscent of fine dining, then you will love the menu. Yet if you prefer heartier fayre, then you will also find options to suit. Julian selected one of the specials on offer that evening of Scallops and Black Pudding.
My starter of Braised Pig Cheeks with carrot and orange puree with grilled asparagus and caramelised baby onions at £6.50 was definitely ‘hearty’. But don’t let the ‘cheeks’ put you off, it was a deliciously melt in the mouth experience. The sweetness of the carrot puree was a great match for the fuller pork flavour and I had to stop myself short, of licking the plate clean.
Our mains of Beer Battered Cod with French Fries, pea puree and tartare sauce and Fillet Steak dry aged for 31 days, served with air dried tomatoes, field mushroom, onion rings and french fries, all arrived shortly afterwards. I’d witnessed another diners’ fish and chips served to them and was extremely envious. However, I’d discounted this option down to not being able to consume gluten anymore, yet after a quick chat with the manager, she assured me that as the chefs cook everything from scratch, that creating this tasty dish gluten free, was no problem at all! When it arrived the sight of this mighty fish, served with skin on skinny fries immediately set my taste-buds salivating. Julian described his steak as “delicious, very comforting” and just “what he needed.” I can’t say I was surprised, the fillet was as thick as I’d ever seen and the accompanying caramelised onion and blue cheese sauce was all the right combination of savoury and sweet!
The Angel at Spinkhill is a delightful take on a country village pub. It’s quirky and colourful décor means there’s always something to intrigue and catch your eye. There’s the usual nod to tradition with chunky exposed beams and historic photos of the inn from days gone by, but its contemporary furnishings and plush seating invite you to unwind and embrace the new.
True to form, Julian ordered the chocolate dessert option, and what a Trio of Chocolate Desserts it was — a constant rotation of one mouthful of brownie, the next of velvet chocolate ice-cream, and a third of decadent chocolate tart — who wouldn’t be in heaven? Myself, desserts aren’t always my thing, yet I really fancied the Angel Mess. It wasn’t what I expected, as the cream had been made in to a frozen raspberry parfait, but after some reluctance, I had to admit that the new take on a classic worked well. The flavours were well-balanced and soft textures soothed your palate spoon by spoon. It’s the little things that makes a meal special and the unique touches and courteous service that we experienced all help a venue stand out from the crowd. The Angel offers so much, that it really is hard to take it all in, in just one visit. We have vowed to return soon to sample either their Sunday Lunch or one of their locally-renowned jazz evenings, or even Brunch, which is now being served from 11.00am on weekends. In the meantime, we would strongly recommend that you go and experience your own little bit of Heaven at The Angel at Spinkhill.
Menu at a glance
- Deep fried salmon fishcake with curried mayonnaise – £6.50
- Pan seared liver with pancetta, olive oil mash, cannellini beans & caramelised onion gravy – £9.00
- Blade of beef with carrot puree, baby roasted carrots, horseradish mash & beer gravy – £16.00
- Passion fruit cheesecake with mango sorbet – £6.00
The Angel at Spinkhill
26 College Road, Spinkhill S21 3YB
Tues – Fri – 12.00pm – 9.00pm
Sat – 11.00am – 9.00pm
Sun – 12.00pm – 6.00pm