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“The Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Anvil Inn

The Anvil Inn
Main Street | Sawdon, Scarborough YO13 9DY , England
+44 1723 859896
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Ranked #29 of 268 Restaurants in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $68
Cuisines: European, English, Gastropub
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 300 Year old former forge now a beautiful country dining pub. On edge of forestry in a typical Yorkshire village. We serve stylish modern European food and a wide selection of drinks including cask ales from North Yorkshire. We are Good Food Guide and Michelin recommended. Booking essential.
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We have found it. Only 8miles from our doorstep, and what an excellent meal.
I have got to say I felt under dressed only going out casual, but what the heck I have the same Queens notes as other guests.
The choice of food was varied and wow, we were not disappointed. All four of us enjoyed our starters and main course,so much so we had no room for a sweet. I personally would recommend the Trio of Yorkshire Game, but not the choice of my party !! ( ha ha )
The only slight criticism would be the wine list was rather expensive, but never mind this place will be to visit on special occasions,or when we need cheering up with some good food, in a lovely warm setting. Thank you to the chef and the team.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A fantastic place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Our first visit to the Anvil. It is not going to be our last. We have found a real delight. We had wanted to go on the Saturday but no table available and non till after the New Year. We found out why - fantastic food and excellent service, no wonder they have won so many awards.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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14 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lovely building, nice food, negative and indifferent service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Our first visit to The Anvil (where we ate nice food, in the lovely bar area, served by efficient and pleasant waitresses) was spoiled by the negative and indifferent attitude of the member of staff behind the bar.
Without any greeting, and before we had indicated that we would like lunch, she informed us that if we wished to eat it would have to be in the bar; that the restaurant was full. We did wish to eat and we were perfectly happy to eat in the bar so this negative approach was wholly unnecessary and inappropriate.
When my husband sat beside me to discuss the menu, before taking his seat, this same person came over to us and informed us that she would be needing the vacant table beside us and would prefer us to sit opposite each other. We had sat side by side temporarily and we had intended to sit facing each other subsequently, so again, the intervention was unnecessary and inappropriate.
We did, then, enjoy our lunch, and the pleasant interaction with waitresses, and whilst I realise that some may find our objections trivial, I have to say that I have not experienced such negative indifference in any other similar hostelry.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Visited Sun 25th Nov.this is an award winning pub/restaurant which came highly recommended to me.for a Sunday night this place was buzzing.the host Alex is very warm and friendly.I have to say that the food here was absolutely delicious,backed up by excellent service.they have just won the Yorks Life food and drinks award for 2012 and you can certainly see why.Congratulation's Alex and team-keep up the good work!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Went for Sunday lunch with all the family, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Will definetly be going back for an evening meal.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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