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“Lovely surprise”
Review of Dutch House

Dutch House
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Crayke
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$16
Cuisines: Dutch
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Elder Son found this gem whilst searching for somewhere to eat after our nearby archery experience which had been arranged for my Wife's 80th Birthday
Lovely location, friendly and helpful staff. Lovely sweet and savoury dutch pancakes. I washed mine down with a nice dutch beer. Big gardens and nature reserve. Dog friendly. Wish it was not so far away from our home.
Thanks to you all. Tony

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We often go to this wonderful place and we have never been let down. Even with a recent power cut the food was gorgeous! The staff are so lovely and the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and friendly. We are lucky to have this nearby and will continue to be regulars.

Thank Kay C
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Great place! We called in having been walkin in the splendid surrounding countryside. Great coffee and absolutely delicious cakes and bakes!

Loved it!

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We had passed this establishment a couple of times previously and decided to drop in mid afternoon for a coffee and some cake. The owner is Dutch, and has combined an art gallery,cafe and wildlife friendly garden in an attractive countryside setting, you cross over the fledgling stream of the Eller Beck to enter the premises.
There had been heavy thundery rain earlier in the day, there were only a couple of other family groups, and initially there were more staff than customers. The whole set up had a relaxed bohemian atmosphere.
We decided to look around the garden and gallery first, and had an initial disappointment. we were told that the exhibitions in the Gallery were being changed, so it was not open for a couple of days. This seemed odd, when the establishment is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, we thought they would have had the opportunity to change things over when closed to public, so we never saw the main gallery. There were some metal and wood sculptures outdoors round the garden, and some photos, pottery and painting inside around the cafe dining area, much of it more contemporary and abstract, with fairly hefty price price tags attached .
The gardens are not massive, but well designed. there is a sheltered courtyard area with some picnic tables where you dine outside, and a small range of good quality plants, most around the £6 mark , that were well kept and good value for money. There is a more formal kitchen and vegetable garden, with a range of low raised beds, with produce they use in the cafe, like tomatoes, courgettes, onions, carrots nasturtiums etc, that was well tended and productive. A couple of good mixed herbaceous perennial and shrub borders, which in late summer had a range of flowers like sedums , purple cone flowers, rubbecia etc that were full and varied, with a field gate at the end giving views over open countryside.There was also an area now over of wild flower meadows, some grassy mounds and an area that has just been strimmed that had nettles, grass and a few picnic tables, now mainly green grass informal meadow, but would have been colourful in spring and early summer. It is free to look around, and enjoy, and is described as a wildlife garden,so is expected to be a bit more informal, but there was still plenty of interest to see.
We then went into the cafe, a light contemporary barn with the counter and kitchen on the left, and a dining area with an assortment of tables to the right, and a comfortable sofa which we opted for. We only had a pot of tea, and shared a slice of dutch apricot tart on soft pasty with almonds on top, which was tasty, and cost £3.50, a bit different from the run of the mill offerings. There was a choice of some half a dozen fresh baked cakes including coffee and walnut, but the house speciality was sweet and savoury pancakes. The owner is Dutch, and the menu includes modern continental style offering, so different from the normal cage/tea shop. There was a wood burner in the dining area which would create a cosy atmosphere in the winter. They also run courses such as creating a hand made clay pottery item without throwing on a wheel,
for a day in November including lunch for £50, and the occasional film night, one coming up featuring the life of David Hockney.
They have also produced a walk leaflet where you can follow a 2.5 or 3.5 circular mile walk which takes you up to the village of Crayke, and gives views over the wider attractive countryside of the area, on the edge of the Howardian Hills AONB.
Overall the location is very family friendly, dogs are welcome, it is popular with cyclists and catering for walkers and garden lovers, with an emphasis on a green sustainable approach. It was just a pity that the gallery was not open on the day of our visit. The food offerings are a tad on the expensive side. £3.50 for cake and £8 for savoury pancakes , but good quality and different from normal cafe offerings. Well worth dropping into

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1  Thank David L
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We love this place great pancakes and drinks and delicious cakes and lovely friendly staff making it a great experience all round it's dog friendly too

Thank Anngilly17
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