After a bracing yomp on the North Yorks moors (or even a gentle stroll on a beach) there are few better places to be than here; Egton is a brief hop from Whitby, and one of a handful of pretty inland villages that tend to get forgotten in the rush to the seaside.
This handsome, pan-tiled roof pub is long, low and set back off the road, with a grassed area to enjoy any sunshine. There’s real warmth in the welcome from Nigel and Elaine, who’ve been pulling pints for several years. Inside, a fabulous snug with a proper range (fight with farmers, fishermen and various locals for a place here in the winter), a comfortable bar with glowing oak settles where you can eat your dinner and a slightly more formal, beamed dining room with another roaring fire. Fishing paraphernalia is everywhere, some of it on the very appealing menu. There’s wholetail Whitby scampi and queenie scallops, and Elaine’s amazing fish pie, freighted with seafood, a delight. She’s also pretty masterful with meat, and if braised oxtail is on the menu, go for it. It’s a right rib-sticker, sweet and flavoursome, and you just don’t see it in too many places. Another of her signature dishes (and consistently good) is twice-baked four cheese soufflé with basil and asparagus cream sauce – a snip at a fiver. Classics include steak and mulled wine pie with a suet herb crust and the Big Tart, caramelised onion layered with goats cheese on puff pastry with fries and side salad. As a testament to how seriously Nigel takes his ale the menu says “sorry, we never serve vinegar as it spoils the beer”.
Wheatsheaf Inn, Egton, Whitby,YO21 1TZ. 01947 895271 www.wheatsheafegton.com