When I informed my friend the location of the new restaurant I was visiting in Guiseley, he gave me a perplexed look. “You mean to say that you are dining at the library!” he exclaimed. He did have a point, for whilst Sancerre is certainly not a library anymore, the restaurant is housed in a former one.
Instead of browsing books on wine I found myself perusing the extensive drinks and evening menu that you will discover at Sancerre. The restaurant had a £2mn makeover before opening in the spring of last year. I was pleased to see that the results were very impressive.
Dining at the Sancerre in Guiseley
The décor inside reminded me of dining in a restaurant in a five-star hotel in central London. I had to keep pinching myself to remind me that this was Guiseley and not Park Lane in London!
Thankfully, the prices on the menu are tuned to Yorkshire wallets. Starters begin at £9.50 for halloumi fries. Instead, I opted for the ‘beetroot garden’ with goat’s cheese (£11.00). Beautifully presented, it seemed a shame to eat the delicacy. A mild and tangy goat’s cheese complimented the picked candy beetroot.
My main of 8oz filet steak (£28.90) came served with portobello mushrooms and grilled tomato – chunky chips were an extra £5.00. Although my steak was cooked to my preference (well done) the taste was still mild, with a lean cut that was easy to chew.
If you have room for dessert, they serve a devilishly delicious sticky toffee pudding thickly poured with toffee sauce (£7.50) Other selections include tiramisu marsala served with chocolate shavings (£6.50), a carefully chosen cheeseboard (£11.00), and a wholesome strawberry and toffee cheesecake (£7.50).
Hot, tasty food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere
If the weather is fine, Sancerre has an outside south-facing terrace which would be ideal for sipping your cocktails on a summer’s day. Service from the owner Klaudia and her team was attentive but not obtrusive. Besides the excellent service the main point that stood out was that the food was served piping hot straight from the kitchen. Too many times recently I have dined in places where the food has been tepid and had to be sent back. How refreshing it was at Sancerre to dine on hot, tasty food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
I intend to take my partner to discover the excellent dining experience that prevails at Sancerre, though you might find, as I have, that they get booked up very quickly. Also, the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Like the wine region of France after which the restaurant is named, you can expect a rich, tasty, and warm dining experience if you decide to visit Sancerre.