There is a lot to be said about a burning log fire, a good pint and some hearty homemade food.
Nestled neatly just a few miles north of Scarborough, the Hayburn Wyke provides all three.
The beauty of this venue is that it sits perfectly in each extreme of our confused English climate.
In the summer you can sit out in the vast garden with your drink while the kids amuse themselves on the “Go Chimp” play area.
During the winter months there is the option of huddling close to a roaring fire, while enjoying some classic pub grub.
It may not be the easiest place to find, lying at the foot of a winding woodland track off the road between Cloughton and Ravenscar.
But once you have discovered this rustic jewel then you won’t look back.
The pub itself hosts a traditional Tolkien-esque feel. It has wooden beams, mysterious corners, as well as the added bonus of a pool table and a pack of cards behind the bar.
The menu is added to by the huge walled board, which boasts classics such as filled giant Yorkshire Pudding, steaks, the mixed grill and a number of selections for the non-meat eater.
Our family group of five settled around a table next to the bar, though there was a few other areas available to sit.
This includes a huge dining area that is often opened up to seat visitors for the “famous” Sunday Carvery.
Rising up to the bar, we wet our whistles with a crisp pint of Westons Cider, a large glass of wine and a trio of Fruit Shoots.
After a game of cards the food beckoned.
There is a set children’s menu, though it is possible for the youngsters to have a child-sized portion of any main.
James and Maia had homemade steak pie and lasagne respectively, while Jack was allowed to venture into the world of the adult, going for the much bigger lasagne (£7.95).
The wife predictably had fish, in the shape of the salmon fillet.
Feeling ravenous, I selected the grown-up steak pie.
Both of these were priced at £8.95.
Service was swift considering the vast quantity of meals being served in the packed bar area.
James and myself both enjoyed the pie, which was filled to the brim with gravy-soaked chunks of steak – just what is needed on a Sunday evening.
Both Jack and Maia scoffed their generous lasagne in good time, both finished with happy faces, always a bonus.
The good lady’s salmon, described as moist and flaky, was also despatched quickly, though in a less frenzied fashion.
Predictably, the kids still had room for pudding. James having the raspberry meringue, Jack and Maia sharing a chocolate fudge cake – both cost between £3 and £4.
Their delivery resulting in both plates being licked clean.
I was allowed to share a small amount of each. The meringue was crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and lavished with cream and fruit.
The cake was gooey, sticky and chocolately with lots of cream.
The perfect finish to a good dinner.
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