We had originally booked to stay at the Bay Horse in Masham with our friends for early May. We have been to the Bay Horse twice before and had really enjoyed the whole experience that Ken and Sharon Ward had created.
We were contacted by staff a few weeks before our planned stay to let us know that Sharon and Ken were moving on and would we like to change our booking to stay at the Richard III in Middleham which they were taking over.
We didn’t realise that this was to be literally during the first few days of Richard III opening.
Despite Sharon and Ken having a mountain of work and refurbishments to carry out (and they had done so much prior to arrival and during our stay) the welcome and hospitality that we received during our stay was excellent and just the same as our previous visits to their former pub.
We stayed the Friday night and the pub itself was really busy, with many of the familiar faces from the previous pub visiting Richard III as well as new faces…including new pup Ted!
The pub and accommodation are bigger but the atmosphere has been perfectly recreated.
The pub is cosy and inviting, and the rooms are a lovely size. We were lucky enough to have a room overlooking the centre of Middleham so awoke to the sound of hooves which was really nice.
Because the refurbishment was still ongoing, we were unable to have an evening meal at Richard III but the kitchen was almost complete and will have soon be up and running. Sharon kindly cooked our breakfasts in their own kitchen on the morning, a very yummy start to the day.
Ken and Sharon are a lovely couple and the hard work that they put into running their pubs was already evident.
We cannot wait to go back again, the one night was just not long enough!
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