Roecliffe, BOROUGHBRIDGE, YO51 9LY
Karl and Amanda have worked wonders on this handsome 16th-century former coaching inn beside Roecliffe's neatly trimmed green. The striking green-painted pub has been lovingly restored, with stone-flagged floors, oak beams and crackling log fires featuring prominently in the civilised bar and dining rooms. Children and dogs are welcome, and food and drink can be served in the garden during the summer months. The bar's beer handles tempt with some top Yorkshire brewers (Timothy Taylor, Theakston, Ilkley), but it's the wine list which may catch the eye - it's 20 pages long with a massive choice of 30 wines sold by the glass. AA Rosettes are well deserved for the pub's enthusiastic use of fresh and local produce, from salad and vegetables to farm meats and game - all put to fine use on a clearly focused modern British menu. The bar lunch choice is a strong indicator of the pub's commitment to excellence: sandwiches made with Boroughbridge seven seed granary cob are served with a little bowl of soup; fillings include rare roasted beef with horseradish, fresh watercress and parmesan. A short selection of hot dishes includes a Yorkshire fish pie (smoked haddock, salmon and king prawns topped with Wensleydale and fresh mussels); and a hand-made Yorkshire Dales gourmet steak burger. Everything that can be is home made, from the black pudding, roasted parsnip purée and Russet apple crisps cuddling the king scallops, to the fresh Yorkshire ale batter embracing the haddock and the tartare sauce on the side. In the evening, settle down to fresh Whitby crab soup, followed by eight-hour braised ox cheek. Delicious puddings may include golden apple crumble with 'lashings' of custard.
Tel: 01423 322300
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Timothy Taylor Landlord, Ilkley Gold & Mary Jane, Theakston, Black Sheep
12-3.30 5-12 (Sun 12-7)
Coach parties catered.