Good Pub Guide Recommended
Always friendly and busy, this is a particularly well run inn that seems to have the best of all worlds. The old-fashioned lounge bar has an enormous inglenook fireplace, pictures and photographs on the dark red walls, interesting satirical carvings in the panelling (Victorian copies of medieval pew ends), polished copper and brass, and venerable tables, antique seats and settles on the flagstones. In the bottom bar is a framed illustrated account of the local history (some of it gruesome) dating back to the 12th c, and a large framed print of the original 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 area. Black Sheep Best, Timothy Taylors Landlord and a changing guest like Rudgate Blonde on handpump, 10 wines by the glass and several malt whiskies; background music. There are seats in the courtyard garden and fantastic views over the Vale of York on three sides; on the fourth side there's a charming view up the hill to the medieval church - the tale is that this is the hill up which the Grand Old Duke of York marched his men. They hold interesting regular events such as a Meet the Brewers evening hosted by Timothy Taylors and cookery demonstrations from the head chef. The bedrooms in renovated farm cottages (where dogs may stay) or in the main building itself, are well equipped, spacious and comfortable; breakfasts are very good. The nearby A19 leads straight to a Park and Ride for York. The pub is part of Provenance Inns.
Good Pub Guide Food
Making their own bread and petits fours, the imaginative food includes sandwiches, salmon gravadlax with citrus fennel and candied lemon, ham hock terrine with quail egg and pineapple relish, spicy and sticky pork ribs with spicy beans, chickpea burger with aubergine and onion rings, braised lamb shoulder with sweet red cabbage and rosemary mash, corn-fed, pancetta-wrapped chicken breast with tomato and olive dressing and fondant potato, specials like potted kippers with cucumber pickle and confit duck leg cassoulet and puddings such as dark chocolate and pecan pie with rum and raisin ice-cream and baked orange and vanilla cheesecake with orange jelly.