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