Roecliffe, BOROUGHBRIDGE, YO51 9LY
Beside Roecliffe's neatly trimmed green, this handsome 16th-century former coaching inn has been put well and truly on the map by owners Karl and Amanda. The couple have worked wonders on the striking green-painted pub, which 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 - 20 pages long with a comprehensive choice of 30 wines sold by the glass. The two 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 provenance and seasonality: sandwiches made with Boroughbridge seven seed granary cob are served with a little bowl of soup; fillings include roast pork, stuffing, crisp crackling and apple sauce. An extensive list of local suppliers appears at the top of the menu, which might start with home-made oxtail tortellini or fresh Whitby crab soup and follow on with steak and Timothy Taylor pie; rack of roasted Yorkshire Dales spring lamb; or fresh hake steamed with king prawns over a stock of tomato, chorizo and Shetland mussels. Delicious puddings may include a tangy lemon and lime tart; or chocolate and Grand Marnier 'Jaffa' cake. Alternatively, finish with a plate of excellent Yorkshire Dales cheeses.
Tel: 01423 322300
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Timothy Taylor Landlord, Ilkley Gold & Mary Jane, Theakston, Black Sheep
All day all week
Coach parties catered.