If you fancy a drive out for some good grub and great atmosphere then I don’t think you can go far wrong with a trip to the Lion Inn.
It isn’t a pub within easy walking distance, unless you don your boots and grab your stick, but this is well worth the trek in the car to Blakey Ridge.
Set remotely in the heart of the North York Moors, the Lion is 1,325 feet above sea level, guaranteeing fantastic views of the countryside.
Despite its location, the Lion always seems to be packed to the rafters, making for a great atmosphere that flows throughout every warm nook and cranny of the 16th century pub.
Fitting in with the rugged surroundings, this isn’t a place for refinement, foams or frilly fair, it is all about hearty pub grub that fills you to the brim for your drive home.
Fortunately we were all starving when we set out on our journey to the moors and the kids were almost at breaking point when the Lion emerged like a beacon of hope through the mist.
It could have passed for the Slaughtered Lamb from the outside, but the welcome was warm when we entered and settled in next to the log fire.
The choice on the menu was enormous, backed also by the expansive specials board that was situated next to the busy bar area.
Options stretched from snacks priced at £4.25 to the lavish steaks that were charged at just over £20.
There was also a kids selection, all of which cost £5.95.
Predictably I went for the burger with onion relish, while our Jack followed suit but he decided on the hot chilli sauce.
James went for the kids’ burger, while the wife Sarah switched her attention to the specials, selecting the sea bass.
Maia had already eaten so she picked the biggest ice cream on the menu, tackling it when our food swiftly arrived.
Both the burger and chips were homemade, filling the massive plate with the help of peas and salad.
They did the job perfectly, it wasn’t fine dining or anything like that, but it was good filling food, the sort that leaves you needing a short kip afterwards – especially when you have had a pint of Old Peculiar.
Sarah usefully described her bass as flaky and delicious, not being a fan of fish I didn’t have a taste.
The kids all made happy noises while munching away, suggesting that they were more than satisfied with their fair.
Only James was able to manage a pudding after his dinner and following 10 minutes of dliberation he opted to have the brandy snap basket.
This ended up being a great choice for the whole family, as much to his disappointment, he only ended up having a small portion because of our flashing spoons.
The brandy snaps were covered in raspberries and then smothered in whipped cream and flakes of chocolate.
There were plenty other sweets that James could have picked, each of them costing £4.25.
We all adjusted our belts and settled down for a quick game of cards in front of the crackling fire.
Then, satisfied with a good night out, we left the warmth to set out on our 30-odd mile journey back to Scarborough – making sure we stuck to the roads.
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