GRINTON, Richmond, DL11 6HH
Close to one of Yorkshire's finest old churches, known as the Cathedral of the Dales, this 13th-century riverside pub is located in Grinton, which has stood here for almost 1,000 years. Two of the Yorkshire Dales' wildest and prettiest dales meet in Grinton; Arkengarthdale and Swaledale collide in a symphony of fells, moors, waterfalls and cataracts. Lanes and tracks slope down from the heights, bringing ramblers and riders to appreciate the good range of northern beers that landlord Andrew Atkin matches with his fine foods; Jennings Brewery's Cocker Hoop being a case in point. Locals enjoy the bustling games room and beamed old bar serving baguettes and toasted ciabattas, while a more tranquil restaurant area caters for those after a more intimate meal experience. The kitchen here is inspired by carefully chosen seasonal local game, meats, fish and other produce, including herbs plucked from the garden. Expect traditional and familiar dishes with a modern twist, enhanced by daily-changing specials. Cut to the chase with a starter like ham hock terrine with ciabatta crostini and pickled carrot ribbons; or goats' cheese en croûte with sticky shredded beetroot and raspberry coulis. Mains cater for a wide palate, typically seared pheasant breast with bacon wrapped leg, fondant potato, roasted squash and red wine jus; or bunny burger, herb croûton and tomato, onion and garlic salsa. For non-meat eaters, a vegetarian Moroccan tagine with tabouleh salad and cucumber mint raita hits the spot. End with apple, maple syrup and pecan nut crumble, or home-made ginger sponge pudding.