Reviewed by Sean Dodson
You can always tell when a pub is really a restaurant when you find that there’s no barstools at the bar and you don’t have to fight to be served. The Carousel, situated in the heart of Scarborough’s shopping district, is a pub in name only. In reality it is a place to sit and eat before you descend the hill and hit the famous sands.
The interior is part-country house, all exposed beams, brick walls and wood panelling, although the furnishings and fittings presents something more modern. The food is generous and unpretentious and decidedly British: battered cod, gammon steaks and with a smattering of curry dominate the menu.
This being seaside we opted for a traditional spread. We started with breaded butterfly prawns (£4.19) in a sharp chilli and mandarin dip; and garlic and herb breaded mushrooms (£2.99) both very filling in themselves. For mains we enjoyed chicken and mushroom pie (£7.29) made of thick shortcrust pastry and a creamy sauce; and fish and chips served with the usual trimmings. Of all the food, the butterfly prawns stood out.
The children’s menu was impressive. Our lovely two-year old got stuck into a Spaghetti Bolognese (£3.99) which struck a nice balance between both healthy and tasty, but left room for her chocolate indulgence (£1.25), a lavish version of the knickerbocker glory. Indeed the Carousel caters for families very well. There was a lot of choice and even a drink list for children, which was a nice touch.
The staff were helpful and attentive even on the busy lunchtime we visited. In sum, this is a good, honest family restaurant about as far from a pub as a pub can be.
For more information visit www.brewersfayre.co.uk/brewersfayre/our-pubs/hull/the-carousel.html