Slap bang in the middle of 'Heartbeat' country, the inn offers wholesome food and a variety of drinks. Last time I stopped off in June, 2013, I'd walked along the original Whitby & Pickering Railway trackbed from Grosmont on a showery summer's day.
From the street you're presented with a small public bar, big enough to seat a half dozen paying punters and the bar itself. Across a narrow corridor is a small village shop that sells postcards, sweets and necessities for the passing public as well as basic groceries for the locals. Along the front and turn right, you enter a short passage. Ahead are the amenities, to the right again is the main bar with a few tables and a serving hatch. This is where you give your food and drink orders.
There's a menu to suit all tastes, vegetarians catered for to the same high standard. I'd stopped by on a walk along to Goathland, so I just had a pint of 'Beckwatter', the inn's own ale brew. To explain, the beck is the stream that flows past one side of the inn under the bridge that leads into the village of Beck Hole. The Yorkshire dialect 'watter' is pretty self-explanatory, just leave one 't' off and you have the standard English word. Other brews available are Black Sheep Brewery's standard fare plus wines, spirits, tea and coffee.
As the name suggests, this is an inn. There are rooms over the public area, accessible also by the steps at the right-hand end of the inn. There's a small terrace at the head of the steps where you can take in the view across the small dale as you savour your drinks.
And of course you can buy a resin cast scale model of the inn (1/176 or 4mm to the foot) for about £34.
Then it's back to the trail. Not up the bank, across to the trackbed again and turn left for Goathland, right for Grosmont via Esk Valley. The bank in on a gradient of 1/4 or 25%, so unless you want to earn yourself indigestion after a hearty meal, be my guest.
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