Great country pub atmosphere with award-winning food
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
This friendly, 18th-century coaching inn on the edge of the North York Moors is run by resident proprietors Andrew and Catherine Stephens. In the wood-panelled bar, under oak beams and, depending on the temperature, warmed by a double-sided log-burner called Big Bertha, a pint of Wainwright's, or Black Sheep Best, could be waiting, or maybe a rarely encountered whisky. Making full use of locally farmed produce, light lunches (except Sundays) and early suppers (except Saturdays) include smoked haddock, leek and parsley risotto and a soft poached egg; outdoor-reared roast pork belly, black pudding and wholegrain mustard mash, greens and gravy; or a variety of omelettes. The main menu might list roast pork belly, red onion and apple tart to start, then a local fillet of beef with horseradish croquettes, creamed cabbage and smoked bacon and red wine sauce; or duo of Yorkshire lamb – little and slow-braised shoulder, dauphinoise potatoes, fine beans, tomato and tarragon for a main course; and to finish, bramble cheesecake with bramble compôte. Turn right along the village street past the village green to an ancient packhorse bridge over the gentle River Seven (yes, Seven).