Pub Of The Week: The Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold

After you’ve had a hard day exploring the Howardian Hills, what you want is a country pub with local beer, comfy seats and a roaring fire.

If you’re anywhere near the pretty village of Coxwold, then the Fauconberg Arms is almost certainly your best bet. The pub has been serving the local community since before Tristram Shandy was a mere twinkle in the imagination of the village’s most famous resident, Laurence Sterne. It’s a handsome inn with a large bar, a lounge for dining, three regularly updated guest Yorkshire ales and a delicious cider brewed just up the road. Other, non-local drinks are also available.

The food is superb. There are hearty soups and sandwiches for a quick bite and well designed mains featuring many locally-sourced ingredients.

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The pub also features regular theatrical productions staged by the Fauconberg Arms Real Theatre Society – I’ll leave you to work out the acronym.

Six members of the Rheinberg family run the pub and there is a real sense of familial friendliness. It’s would be easy to let a pub like this become a place that panders to the better to-do visitors to the detriment of the regulars, but the Rheinbergs have not allowed it to happen. While the standards are high, the pub maintains the feel of a local-done-good rather than a tourist trap.

The Fauconberg is the kind of place that brings comfort to the weary traveller. The only problem is that when you’re sat with a pint of best it really is hard to peel yourself from your seat to continue your journey.

Dave Lee

Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4AD, 01347 868214. www.fauconbergarms.cok

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