100 days in Provence at the Feversham Arms

Written by @Tom_Ashurst

When it comes to trying to dream up your perfect market town, Helmsley would be pretty close to what you’d arrive at. There’s the attractive, stone buildings all around, there’s the hustle and bustle of the market square, the dramatic castle ruins, its stunning walled garden and then, of course, there’s the glorious North York Moors countryside surrounding it. It also happens to be home to the Feversham Arms.

Feversham Arms

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, or The Fev as it is known locally, has long been a favourite for holiday goers in Yorkshire. Awarded AA Hotel of the Year for 2009/10 and the Catey 2011 Independent Hotel of the Year, they have carved out a strong reputation, particularly when it comes to dining. Their two AA rosette restaurant delivers a modern British menu where they pull on all the strengths of the local landscape with Yorkshire game and fish from the Yorkshire coast both regulars on the menu.

However, my reasons for visiting are slightly different as this summer The Feversham Arms are mixing it up and bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Yorkshire with their 100 Days in Provence idea.

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It all makes sense really, when you think about it. Spend five minutes in their courtyard by their eye-catching outdoor pool and you could very easily be forgiven for thinking you were in the South of France. A mixture of stone paved flooring, wicker chairs, lavender in plant pots and olive oil on tables only acts to heighten the Mediterranean feel.

The menu is packed full of fresh and vibrant ingredients, there’s coquilles St Jacques, charcuteries boards to share, crab chowder made with Whitby crab. It’s classic French themes but often using local Yorkshire produce, which is great to see. My starter of heritage tomato, warm crispy mozzarella and sweet basil is colourful, light and delicious. My main of Mangalitsa neck steak with herb salsa and wedges is cooked brilliantly and the salsa helps bring out the flavour of the whole dish.

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What adds to the whole experience is the sound of the Fev’s trickling waterfall features which are occasionally interrupted by the church chimes from the nearby All Saints Parish Church. It’s a peaceful, tranquil experience – an ideal haven to head to with good friends to relax and recharge.

After all that, what better way to spend the afternoon than by relaxing by the pool in the Yorkshire sun or, if the weather turns, by heading inside to enjoy one of the spa treatments on offer. They’ve got all sorts on offer, for men and women, to fully complete your relaxation.

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The Feversham Arm’s 100 Days in Provence is available from Friday 12th June to Sunday 20th September 2015. For more information about the Feversham Arms head to their website www.fevershamarmshotel.com and for more information on things to do in Helmsley and beyond head to www.yorkshire.com.

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