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“Distinctly average”
Review of The Malt Shovel

The Malt Shovel
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Hovingham
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Distinctly average”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

have visited here off and on over ten years and it used to be great. Good lively atmosphere with a mix of locals and diners. The last twice we have been it has been very poor. The food not up to scratch - 2 things I asked for were no longer available even tho on the menu, and not a welcoming face in sight behind the bar. The bar man ( large with moustetache) whom I think is landlord had no chat with us whatsoever and was more interested in the TV .. in a traditional village pub it begs the question why ?! Also have no idea who is decorating the place ! Its got horrific red and black sofas in now and kitchen blinds in the lounge windows ... totally bizzare styling. Very sad ... it used to be great, we wont be returning until under new management.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
Steyning, West Sussex
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent fish & chips!”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Walked here from Slingsby, about 35 mins on the footpath. Very friendly welcome. Olympics on the big screens in the bar but nice and quiet. Plenty of room in dining areas. We had the Whitby Haddock, very fresh, light batter, perfect. Recommended highly.

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Thank swcp-walker
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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82 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice pub but not so friendly”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Nicely appointed. Food was all right but ambience could be better.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Adrienne M
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Bring back the monkeys.”
Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

Popped in on way home for one,nice little pub in a nice little village,remember my dad taking us when we were kids,I remember monkeys In a cage,bring them back,would love to take my kids to see them,or make bar staff dress up in monkey suits,that would be Fun.

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Thank Bozzie123
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb food and service but atmosphere lacking.”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Had a lovely meal here and the waitress was very helpful and friendly. The pub looks very quaint from the outside but this is not reflected inside. Interior looks like any city centre bar gearing up to support Euro 2012. Little shabby and in need of TLC in terms of decor but food could not be faulted.

Visited June 2012
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Thank rzb31
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