All about the provenance as pubs return with locally sourced produce

Two Yorkshire gastro pubs have reopened their doors now lockdown is easing and have marked the occasion with a bold new food menu showcasing the best locally sourced and sustainable produce.

Marton-Cum-Grafton’s The Punch Bowl and Helperby’s The Oak Tree Inn, have been working hard during lockdown to create a selection of irresistible dishes that they believe can set them apart from the average rustic countryside pub. Both venues have also had their interiors refreshed in time for spring with a brand-new lick of paint.

The new menus at the pubs which are part of the Provenance Inns and Hotels group, include Yorkshire Chicken & Doreen’s Black Pudding Terrine with fruit chutney and toasted sourdough, alongside hearty pub classics like Black Sheep Beer Battered Haddock with chunky chips and mushy peas and a juicy Yorkshire Wagyu Burger. Or you can try the Sesame Crusted Hake Fillet which comes with prawn dumpling, tamarind black bok choy, crispy onions and Thai coconut sauce, as well as a steak menu.

For every purchase of this warm asparagus salad the pubs will donate £1.50 to a local charity

Both venues also wanted to show their support for local charities and are raising money by donating £1.50 from the sale of every warm Spillman’s Asparagus salad, which features a crispy hens egg, sourdough crisps and a tarragon emulsion. Through the scheme, The Punch Bowl is raising money for Sense which supports adults and children living with complex disabilities, while The Oak Tree Inn is raising money for Lucie’s Animal Rescue.

Tom Patrick from the Provenance Group said: “Like our fellow businesses across the hospitality industry, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be opening our doors once again and welcoming back our customers. We know from feedback that they’ve been missing their favourite hand-pulled ales and restaurant dishes, and are confident they’ll be blown away with our new food menu.

“We also wanted to help out two charities that are very close to our hearts for various reasons, and aim to raise as much money as we can for Sense and Lucie’s Animal Rescue with the exceptionally good Spillman’s Asparagus dish. The staff at both The Punch Bowl and The Oak Tree Inn are raring to go and can’t wait to see the customers return. It’s going to be quite the summer, come rain or shine!”