The Grapes, Slingsby: The Yorkshire village pub which has stood the test of time

The village of Slingsby sits in a glorious location tucked into the Howardian Hills and is just a stone's throw from Castle Howard and Hovingham.

In the centre of the village is the Grapes Inn, one I have heard much of and only just visited.

We go on a Thursday night and are delighted to find it busy. I find the welcome at the bar a little cool, though my husband tells me each time he pops to it all's good; it must have been something I said.

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The Grapes is a beautiful old building with a wide frontage and massive beer garden complete with a pizza hut on full throttle and a covered eating space complete with a colossal paella pan; I think they like entertaining here. Inside are several rooms, including the bar and next door, most are fully occupied, so we end up in one the furthest away, by ourselves and feel a little like we aren't invited to the party.

The Grapes in SlingsbyThe Grapes in Slingsby
The Grapes in Slingsby

On the bar, expect a couple of regulars with Taylors Landlord and Theakston's Best Bitter and two pumps changing regularly; on our visit, there's Hambleton's Stud Blond and Ossett breweries Yorkshire Blond. Food-wise, there is just the pizza, as mentioned above, from the hut outside, which is reasonable enough to enjoy with a pint.

The décor here is terrific, with a late Edwardian pub feel; it is simultaneously traditional and quirky. There is lovely old tiled floors, all kinds of furniture - including the fabulous old refectory table where we sit - chairs, banquettes and the like and fireplaces which I expect on a winter day will be lovely.

Every available space is filled with ephemera, including a 1963 Honda Super C100 Cub scooter in the hallway.

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The Grapes is the kind of pub that has stood the test of time, and long may it continue, especially as I live in the area now.

The Grapes Inn, Railway Street, Slingsby, York, YO62 4AL Tel: Tel: 01653 628076

Dogs are welcome. Open: Wed & Thurs: 5 - 10 pm, Fri, Sat & Sunday: 3 - 10 pm