Friday, 7 October 2011
Following my post from yesterday( on the Yorkshire Life Facebook Page), I would like to elaborate on my somewhat sketchy remarks about my visit to Nunnington Hall. I visit quite a few establishments of this ilk, and it is very rare I can tick all the boxes. My primary reason for my visit was to see the photography exhibition 'The Photographers'. This for me was an opportunity, without having to travel to a major city, to view remarkable work by iconic photographers, names such as Norman Parkinson, Elliott Erwitt, Terry O'Niell, Martin Parr, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton and the 'Rat Pack' of photography David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. The atmosphere of the Hall itself is very relaxed and viewing the rooms is a delight, made even more interesting by volunteers ever ready to answer questions in a pleasant ..even jovial manner. Whilst roaming from room to room tempting food smells drifted down the corridors tempting you towards the tea room…it was irresistable and decided to have lunch on the premises. We have over the years eaten in many country houses,museums and galleries and have been mostly disappointed. On this occasion however that was not the case, we ordered soup and a sandwich, the soup was a very tasty homemade tomato & lentil, the sandwich; roast beef and horseradish made with fresh granary bread. I also made a note of other peoples meals for further reference, there was a stew on the next table which looked and smelt superb. The icing on the cake (almost literally) was that since we had purchased a main meal I was entitled to a free pudding (I believe October only) I chose a summer fruit crumble and custard… which was top notch. All in all a very satisfying visit and will be looking out and forward to my next visit. My compliments and thanks to all of the staff……Paul Anthony Wilson.