on June 19, 2013
Brody’s is located in the High Street in Skipton, close to the shops with ample parking nearby. A quite steep flight of steps leads from street level to the restaurant, so it is not ideal for those with mobility issues or those with pushchairs. We visited the restaurant in the evening, but it is also open at lunchtimes. It is ideally situated for those who wish to combine a shopping trip with a bite to eat. We were travelling back from a busy weekend in the Lake District and we were looking for somewhere that provided tasty food in a relaxed environment. Brody’s did not disappoint.On entering Brody’s we were immediately made to feel welcome. The place has a friendly vibe and seems to be popular with families and couples alike. The restaurant is bright and airy, not at all gloomy like some restaurants can be and is attractively yet simply decorated with black and white art prints of Venice on the walls and pieces of sculpture. This gives the place a contemporary feel which combines very well with the old fashioned elegance created by the gold framed mirrors, high ceilings and the chandeliers in the reception area. The building was formerly an old Town Hall.Throughout the meal we found the service efficient and attentive, with our waiter making an effort to chat to us about our weekend, instead of just taking our orders. Although the restaurant was reasonably busy, we did not have to wait long for our food. For starters we all chose Portabello mushrooms stuffed with a parmesan cheese, herb, garlic and olive oil crumb, priced at £5.25. This was an excellent dish with all the flavours working very well and it was attractively presented. My daughter was particularly impressed by the dashes of pesto on the plate, which contributed to the fresh, Mediterranean taste of the dish as well as adding colour. The mushrooms were cooked to perfection and were tender and juicy, yet retaining just the right amount of firmness. For my main course I selected a 12 inch stone baked pizza of roasted cherry tomato, spinach and feta cheese for £8.95. This was perhaps the best pizza I have eaten in years. I am quite fussy about pizzas. I like the base to be crisp but I don’t like the toppings to dry out, as can often be the case. I love fresh spinach and there was a generous helping of it on my pizza, but they did not skimp on the other ingredients either. The roasted cherry tomatoes were nice and soft and (literally) bursting with flavour and the feta cheese added the most delicious salty tang. It was Pizza heaven! My husband also opted for pizza and he was very impressed by his Scottish smoked salmon and tiger prawn variety, remarking on how fresh the ingredients were and how the prawn/salmon ratio was just right. My youngest daughter chose her main course from the specials menu, fillet of salmon on a bed of linguine with mushroom and smoked salmon sauce. She found the salmon exquisitely tender and the sauce was not too rich. My eldest daughter chose fresh egg fettuccini with tiger prawns, tomato sauce, garlic and cream, for £9.95. She was somewhat over-faced by it but commented that the prawns tasted fresh and succulent and had a good texture, certainly not 'rubbery'. The garlic was tasty without being overpowering, allowing the other flavours to come through.We did not eat dessert, but if you have a sweet tooth, there is a small but appealing selection. Chocoholics may be tempted by Choc Chip Cookie Sundae, or if you are in the mood for a retro favourite, you might want to sample Knickerbocker Glory. If I hadn’t felt so full, I would probably have been tempted to stay with the Mediterranean theme and opt for Catalan custard brulee. All desserts are £4.50.The menu offers a good choice of dishes for meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians. If you are not in the mood for pizza or pasta, a selection of 10oz sirloin steaks are available for £16.95. Vegetarians may be tempted by Garden pea risotto with rocket and parmesan (£11.95), something I would like to try another time, if I can bring myself to resist my beloved spinach pizza!We enjoyed our meal at Brody’s and will certainly return. I can see this becoming a regular place to stop after a trip to North Yorkshire or The Lakes. It is the kind of place I can imagine being small and intimate enough for a romantic dinner for two, but also lively enough to provide a good venue for a birthday meal for a larger group. It really does seem to cover all bases and is totally lacking in pretentiousness.
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