Set below the Yorkshire Moors, this excellent pub/restaurant is run by chef/proprietor Graham Kirk.
His style is rustic, and he has built up a network of good local suppliers - and also grow as many of their vegetables as possible.
The dining room, that was once a piggery, now has a more romantic air with candles and open fires.
A winter snapshot brought the likes of 'Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts & Crisp Bacon'; 'Haddock & Herb Fish Cakes with Pickering Watercress & Grain Mustard Sauce'; 'Chicken Liver & Smoked Bacon Paté and 'Thyme-Infused Rabbit, Pheasant & Pork Terrine with Apple & Tomato Chutney & Toasted Yorkshire Loaf' amongst the starters.
Followed by 'Caramelised Parsnip & Cauliflower Hotpot with Leek & Onion with a Crisp Potato Topping'; 'Pan-Fried North Sea Cod with Fried Potatoes & Wild Mushrooms, Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Curly Kale and Red Wine Sauce'; 'Roast Duck Breast with Braised Potato, Wilted Spinach, Caramelised Pear and Red Wine Sauce' and Slow-Roast Crisp Skinned Pork Belly with Black Pudding, Champ Potatoes, Crisp Bacon & Creamed Leeks'.
If you have room, perhaps finish with 'Sussex Pond or Sticky Toffee Pudding' or 'Warm Chocolate Brownie with Hazelnut Brittle Ice Cream & Orange Syrup.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Weds-Sat 12.00-14.00, Sun 12.00-19.00; mains £14 to £18; set L £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Weds-Sun 6.00 (Sun 19.00) to 21.00; mains £14 to £18
- Seats: 24, plus 8 outside
- Wine: a carefully-chosen list, has modest mark-ups.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Malton & Norton Rail (8 miles)
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon & Tues; check Christmas openings
- Outside eating