Hudson’s – Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York

Posted on Saturday, 25th October 2014

Note: Words and pictures by Foodpornnation and myself.

Cedar Court Grand - Hudson's

Hudson’s

Located within the Cedar Court Hotel & Spa, Hudson’s offers up a no-nonsense approach to bistro dining, a dining experience that is relaxed and cosy but with a touch of elegance. The Hudson’s menu serves up a contrast of interesting tit bits versus the more traditional bistro favourites. You can take the unconventional vegetarian fish & chips (£15.95), the beetroot Carpaccio (£15.95) or perhaps a more comforting grilled steak.

To get to Hudson’s you first walk through the plush warm interiors of the Cedar Court Hotel & Spa before being welcomed into the warmth of the luscious Hudson’s dining room. It was elegant and plush and oozed a relaxed ambience. Hudson’s might be bistro dining – but smartly done with a fine dining feel.

The Chef’s special spare ribs (£7.50) came with it’s own warning sign. We were warned before ordering, not once, but twice by our waiter, that these were extremely hot. And even though they were hot, a brush of the accompanying maple syrup provided some sweet relief. These got our pick because they were a delectable, fall off the bone, lick the bone clean in one fell swoop type of eating.

Hudson's Cedar Court Grand - Spicy ribs

Spicy ribs

The langoustine cocktail with Bloody Mary, cucumber and lettuce (£7.50) came with langoustine and prawns that were both delicious and sweet. But overall this dish was slightly underwhelming and needed a little more tanginess.

8oz fillet of steak (£32.50) was prepared perfectly medium rare. The steak came with a café de Paris butter but we couldn’t resist the promise of the spectacular wild mushroom cream sauce (£2.50) which was creamy and scrumptious. All grills were served with a delicious side of hand cut chips, Portobello mushrooms and confit tomato. We could not fault this dish.

Hudson's Cedar Court Grand - Fillet steak

Fillet steak

Smoked beef pie – smoked beef fillet, puff pastry and potato (£27.95) took us by surprise as it did not come as your traditional pie. This took on a deconstructed approach with a smoked beef fillet topped with a piece of puff pastry and a side of flavoursome Guinness gravy. The beef was deliciously oaky and smokey although the puff pastry was a little dull. But otherwise this was a glorious dish.

Hudson's Cedar Court Grand - Smoked beef pie

Smoked beef pie

All sides were (£3.50) each and offered the perfect addition to the meal. The mixed vegetables were served with a lovely crunch and lightly coated in a delicious butter. The house salad was also served with a tasty creamy dressing.

The deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie (£7.50) was the standout of the two desserts. This was served with a lemon curd, lemon coulis, crème anglais and meringue swirls that struck a delicious balance between sweet and sour.

Hudson's Cedar Court Grand - Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie

Apple crumble cedar style (£7.50) was again a deconstructed plate of humble apple crumble. The apple puree, crème anglais and apple pie ice cream were very well executed to produce a lovely essence of apple crumble. However the crumble itself lacked texture and crunch.

Hudson's Cedar Court Grand - Apple crumble

Apple crumble

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, ambience and the food offered at Hudson’s. The service was warm, friendly and professional. If you’re in York, Hudson’s definitely deserves a visit.

Summary Information:
Food rating: 4/5
Service rating: 4/5

Prices: £30 to £48 for three courses, excludes drinks and service.

Website: http://www.the-grand-york.co.uk/Hudsons