Pub of the week: Dog and Duck, Walkington

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AFTER a few years boarded up and forgotten, Walkington’s once-popular Dog and Duck has reopened its doors to a very impressed public.

Five minutes’ drive west of Beverley and perfect for a stop off if you’re visiting the Wolds, Walkington welcomed the pub back like an old friend. The décor and layout are nothing exceptional but this is a well-oiled, friendly operation manned by a small army of keen, attentive young staff and comfortingly seasoned management. It’s large too, with a spacious, tastefully decorated dining area, a lounge with plenty of elbow room and a small but well-appointed back bar that allows the locals to play pub games as loud as they like without the risk of upsetting the diners.

The drink selection is pretty good with four well kept guest ales, a solid wine list and the quirky addition of a gin corner featuring a selection of gins from around the world. What the D&D is really about these days, though, is the food. At first glance the menu appears disconcertingly large and chain pub-like. Further investigation reveals pub classics, international favourites and well-conceived specialities of the house. Highly recommended is the meltingly soft slow-roast belly pork and the outrageously over-brimming seafood platter. My dining companion instantly exclaimed, ‘I’ll never finish that’ on its arrival. Whatever you order arrives promptly and the portion sizes are a fair reflection of the mid-to-high prices. The entire menu is available all day long, there is a tempting additional sandwich and snack selection and a choice of generously accompanied roasts come Sunday.

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