You know how it is. Sometimes you just want to walk into a traditional pub where you know you’re going to get an old fashioned welcome, the fires will be blazing away and the menu won’t scare you.
Well you’ll get all that here and more. David and Kate Deacon run this characterful ivy-clad 18th century coaching inn with such love and care it oozes out of the fabric.
With oak floors, beams and comfy banquettes, it’s a place to relax, sup Black Sheep or Timothy Taylors and choose your lunch. It’s a classic pub grub menu, and everything is home made: chicken liver pate with onion marmalade arrives with toasted soda bread and is a meal in itself.
Braised shoulder of Masham lamb with mint and redcurrant gravy and veg is another proper plateful at £13.95, or go for the luxury fish pie. By far the most popular pudding is Kate’s sister-in-law’s lemon drizzle cake with raspberry sauce. There are gluten-free choices too, and the Sunday roast is legendary.
In the charming garden, there’s plenty of shade and safe space for the kids to run wild. With no shop in the village the Deacons have opened a general store next door selling staples as well as locally sourced meat, jam, pickles and preserves (and some more of those home made cakes if you didn’t leave room for pudding).
The Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Main Street Kirkby Overblow 01423 871205 www.shoulderofmuttonharrogate.co.uk