Lordstones Country Park is a large estate with a farm shop, café, restaurant and glamping. Glamping is a portmanteau word meaning glamour camping.
We visited their restaurant, called ‘The Belted Bull’ for dinner. The restaurant is named after the Belted Galloway beef supplied by the neighbouring farm and served in the restaurant.
The restaurant isn’t one you’d find easily. There is a long winding road that leads there and on the evening we visited there was some mist/fog. But the effort was worth it as we really enjoyed the food.
The restaurant needs stronger branding as the ‘The Belted Bull’. There was only a Lordstones sign outside. The stronger branding would also help separate the trip advisor reviews for glamping and the restaurant reviews as I could see that people already reviewed the restaurant under the Lordstones listing.
We were four (two locals from nearby Saltburn), seated at a nice round table. The place is modern and there were several diners there. Our waitress was friendly.
We ordered a jug of tap water, beer and a good bottle of Malbec (£18.95).
I was tempted to order the steak – they offer a wide range of cuts at reasonable prices – but ended up choosing the Cod from the specials board.
The restaurant also offers a local Teesside delicacy known as a ‘Parmo’ – breaded chicken topped with a béchamel/Parmesan sauce (£13). It appears on the menu as a Chicken Parmesan. The Parmo has almost cult status in Teesside and I’ve seen ‘Wednesday night is Parmo night!’ signs outside pubs. It’s not a particularly healthy dish, hard to present in a fine dining way, but is quite tasty.
We skipped starters and ordered two cod and two parmos. The cod was a generous portion, perfectly cooked and presented.
The parmo was apparently excellent. I tried some and it was pretty good – but that was the first parmo I’ve sampled so can’t judge.
I then shared a sticky toffee pudding (£6) and almost wished I’d ordered my own portion – delicious.
Out total bill was around £90 for four plus tip.
The chef is obviously good. I’d gladly return for another visit – well so long as somebody offers to drive there!
The Belted Bull at Lordstones
Lordstones Country Park,
Carlton Bank, Chop Gate,
Phone: 01642 778482
Open Thursday to Saturday inclusive – 6.00 pm to 9.30pm