Friendly, well run inn, with interesting décor in old-fashioned rooms, fine drinks and smashing food; comfortable bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
As well as a proper pubby bar liked by locals, this civilised inn also appeals to visitors who stay overnight and enjoy the very good food. The old-fashioned lounge bar has venerable tables, antique seats and settles on flagstones, pictures and photographs on dark red walls, interesting satirical carvings in the panelling (Victorian copies of medieval pew ends), polished copper and brass, and an enormous inglenook fireplace. In the bottom bar is a framed illustrated account of local history (some of it gruesome) dating back to the 12th c, and a large framed print of the famous Durham Ox, which weighed 171 stone. The Burns Bar has a woodburning stove, exposed brickwork and large french windows that open on to a balcony. Black Sheep Best, Rudgate Grain Store, Timothy Taylors Boltmaker and a changing guest on handpump, 20 wines by the glass, a dozen malt whiskies and interesting spirits; background music and board games. There are seats in the courtyard garden, the bottom of which offers views on three sides over the Vale of York; on the fourth is a charming view to the medieval church on the hill - supposedly the very hill up which the Grand Old Duke of York marched his men. The bedrooms, in the main building or in renovated farm cottages (dogs allowed here), are well equipped, spacious and comfortable; breakfasts are very good. The nearby A19 leads straight to a park & ride for York. The pub belongs to Provenance Inns.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using local seasonal produce and baking their own bread, the assured cooking includes sandwiches, ham hock terrine with pickled quail eggs and pea purée, confit duck leg and asparagus salad with poached duck egg, butternut squash and sage ravioli with nut brown butter, spatchcock poussin with aioli and piri piri, barbecue sticky pork rib platter with skinny fries, fresh fish dish of the day with hollandaise sauce, and puddings such as vanilla pannacotta with fruit coulis and apricot and almond frangipane with chantilly cream; they also offer an early bird menu (5.30-6.45pm Sun-Fri).
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms