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Age: 73

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The Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham

Having read other good reviews on the Internet I decided to try this place for lunch recently. I didn't particularly get a warm greet from the landlord but the bar area was lovely with a good selection of real ales, so looked promising. There were plenty of blackboards with daily food specials so decided to stay (and it was busy with diners which is always a good sign). However, though the food was slightly better than the average pub it was nothing to write home about either. I ordered the slow cooked belly pork, described as having crisp crackling; sadly the crackling was soft and chewy, the vegetables/ side dishes boring and I finished with an okayish pudding. I understand from speaking to someone else, who has been to this pub many times in the last few years, that she has found the place is not quite as good as it used to be. Perhaps trading off its past reputation?

9 Aug 2009 09:06

The Abbey Inn, Byland

I use to love this place back in the old days. However, a few years ago English Heritage bought it; I last went in February '09, on a Saturday evening at 8pm, and found the place empty!!!! The menu, which always use to be excellent, seemed very boring and uninspiring indeed. Consequently, we didn't stay. However, I heard last night this pub has a new set of managers and perhaps might be worth retrying?

9 Aug 2009 08:54

The Black Swan, Oldstead

This pub is in the middle of nowhere but well worth going to. The bar area has stone flags and lovely old oak furniture and oozes ambience. There is a good selection of both real ales and high quality wines. On our first visit we were warmly welcomed by the landlord and impressed with the food menu, which seemed more restaurant than usual pub standard. Will be definitely going back to try the food!

9 Aug 2009 08:43

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