Just a short drive from Malton, the Blacksmiths Arms in Swinton is your traditional, English pub.
The stone exterior, for me, marks a conventional, timeless pub with good food in large portions and inside it certainly did not disappoint.
The decor follows this traditional theme with rustic wooden tables and chairs, with the bar and restaurant separated and wooden beams overhead.
Photo frames brightened the cream walls and a bricked chimney and fireplace was the authentic centrepiece, while the patterned carpet and curtains drew out some more colour to the homely interior.
With a real sense of community and a warm family feel, a handful of locals were scattered around the bar catching up over a pint and a small dog quietly mooched in the doorway between the restaurant and pub.
We visited on a Monday night and in the restaurant we were the only party, but the atmosphere from the bar carried through and the waitress couldn’t do enough for us.
The menu was filled with your typical pub grub, from a homemade steak pie, battered wholetail scampi and a selection of 28-day matured Yorkshire steaks.
Our party of four started with the garlic ciabatta and shared the portion between us all. Perfectly crispy on the outside of the baguette styled slices and topped with just the right amount of garlic, it was a great dish to start our meal.
For the main course, I chose a 14oz rump steak which came with a mountain of chips, mushrooms, peas and a tomato. The steak was cooked perfectly and was full of juicy flavour.
The chips tasted homemade and were so delicious it was hard not to pick at my leftovers despite feeling like I couldn’t manage another bite.
My aunt and cousin both went for the steak pie and again they were almost overwhelmed by the quantity on the plate.
As the saying goes it’s ‘quality not quantity’ but these meals certainly had both.
My younger cousin is a vegetarian and she was limited for choice on the menu as only one meal was suitable.
Looking online, the menu includes two other vegetarian options including a chunky vegetable lasagne and a goats cheese and walnut balsamic salad, which wasn’t on the menu that night.
Nevertheless, she said the chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry was also delicious.
The service was quick and the main courses were reasonably priced, the meal cost £63.55 for us all including five drinks.
For dessert, I treated myself to a chocolate fudge pudding. A firm believer that there is always room for a dessert, I decided to tackle the wealthy slice of sponge.
Generously drizzled in chocolate fudge sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream, the huge helping was a delight to eat but due to its size I couldn’t quite finish it.
Other desserts on the menu included sticky toffee pudding and strawberry and apple crumble, as pictured above.
The Blacksmiths Arms has a warm, traditional and welcoming feel to it with quick service and a friendly atmosphere.
The quality, and quantity, of the food was exceptional and couldn’t be faulted. Every mouthful was a delight.
Score: 7 out of 10