My wife and I were in East Yorkshire for a funeral of an old family friend. We live some 200 miles away and looked for somewhere to stay the night. We found the St Quintin Arms website, obtained the telephone number and rang for a booking. A cheerful welcome on the 'phone and a very easy booking was the result.
On arrival, the lady of the house broke off from taking her young daughter out in her car and saw us into the St Quintin and to our room. It was delighful: spacious, cleanly and tastefully decorated and beautiful bed linen to match. We made ourselves some tea, rested after our journey,and went off to the bar and there we met the landlord, who discussed and described his beers, offered a choice of wines that were reasonably priced and well chosen, and chatted while we looked through the also reasonably priced menu and specials board. He is a sheep farmer as well as a landlord so we chose the lamb rump for one and the lamb burger for the other main, with soup and black pudding filled mushrooms in crispy batter to start. All excellent choices and the vegetable bowl and the chips were good accompaniments. Everything was piping hot. When we made our usual noises about not needing puddings we excused ourselves by saying if they were as good as what had gone before it would be a shame to miss out so Jane had ice cream and I had home made apple and summer fruit crumble with custard (and ice cream).
Afterwards we sat in the bar and the local people were most welcoming, the landlord's father even coming over to our table to shake hands. He and his son are of a local farming dynasty going back 100 years. When I said that farming and running a demanding business like an inn was asking a lot of oneself, the landlord said how much he loved both occupations, even in the lambing season when he might get little sleep, and his wife (who now has a chef to work with her in the kitchen) paid tribute to the wonderful team they have put together.
We slept soundly and undisturbed and had a delightful breakfast prepared by the landlady.
In so much of this life that has been taken over by large companies who almost strive to miss out the personal touch it was delightful to find such warmth and welcome. Ian and Zoe Burdass didn't want their village pub to close so they bought it and a splendid job they are doing, As a friend of mine says: you cannot beat an owner driver at running a pub or hotel. We will be back.
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