There’s not much better than a country walk followed by a Sunday roast in a cosy village pub, and we’ve found just the place. The Malt Shovel is in the village of Brearton, around 15 minutes drive from central Harrogate.
The pub is housed in a 16th century building with open fires, vintage books and dark wooden beams. Their website features local walking routes and the village itself is beautiful.
We visited with the greedy baby and his grandparents. The Malt Shovel prides itself on being a family friendly restaurant and we certainly felt they made a special effort to make us all feel welcome. The staff were smiley and chatty with our baby, which made the experience a lot more relaxed for us.
The menu includes all the old pub favourites, as well as more modern dishes such as spicy bang bang chicken salad.
I opted for the classics and had deep fried Brie to start, roast chicken dinner and a gorgeous sticky toffee pudding.
All the food was delicous, particularly the chicken. We always think it’s hard to beat homemade roast dinners, but we have to admit that this one trumped ours. All the food was seasoned to perfection, the Yorkshire puddings were light and crispy and the veg was full of flavour. After sampling a good few Sunday roasts we feel this is definitely one of the best in the area. It’s certainly set to become a family favourite.