What better time than a cold, dark January evening to visit a cosy, country pub?
With this in mind, we decided to drag ourselves out of hibernation and away from another night of mediocre post-Christmas TV to try out the Star Inn at Weaverthorpe.
It was a bit of a drive, but wanting to explore somewhere new, we set off on our mini road trip.
If you’re travelling from Scarborough, and you’ve not been to Weaverthorpe before, head for Foxholes then turn right.
The pub was quiet – except for what we guessed was a group of young farmers who had been enjoying a get-together – but we expected that in the lull after New Year.
We had phoned ahead to book and a table had been set for us in the bar near the fireplace – a thoughtful touch – though we were asked if we preferred to sit by the log burner in the lounge as it was quieter.
We went into the lounge, which was more cosy and a nice place to sit and chat.
The pub’s menu is available online, which I thought was helpful as it meant I could look for any vegetarian options.
I was impressed with the menu choice, which featured traditional pub favourites as well as some more unexpected options.
Starters are priced around the £5 mark, such as Thai fish cake (£4.95), goats cheese bruschetta (£5.45) and garlic mushrooms (£5.55).
We went straight to the main courses, with plenty on offer including separate menus for home-made pizzas, burgers and gluten-free meals.
The pub also offers Sunday lunches from 1pm to 4pm for £8.95.
Choices included home-made steak and ale pie (£9.95), Glaves gammon steak (£11.85) and chilli con carne (£9.50).
We were tempted by goats cheese, broccoli and onion frittata, served with chips and a dressed salad (£9.35) and veggie burrito with spicy Tex Mex rice, salad, tortilla chips and dips (£9.95).
The food was beautifully presented and had all been cooked from scratch.
The frittata was huge and came with a sizeable serving of chunky chips.
It was tasty and fresh and had been made with good quality ingredients.
The burrito was enjoyable but very filling and was served differently to what I was expecting.
The rice, which I thought would be served separately, was mixed with the burrito filling of spring onions, cheese, eggs and black eye beans, making it a little bit heavy.
But it was tasty and it was nice to see a more creative veggie option on a pub menu than the usual offerings.
Though we were pretty full thanks to the generous portions, we chose to share a dessert of profiteroles (£4.95), which again was attractively presented, good value for money and an enjoyable treat to finish off the meal.
We were happy with our meal, though we did get a pang of pizza envy when a fellow diner’s food arrived. I would definitely return, maybe for a pizza or Sunday lunch.
The pub is slightly off the beaten track, but it’s worth the drive and presents cosy surroundings, comfort food and good value.