I have often wondered why a textbook, 17th-century country inn, in arguably one of the prettiest villages in North Yorkshire could have such a roller-coaster of a reputation.
Apart from one period of stability and renown several years ago, in the last 20, it has changed owners so many times I have lost count. Well, it is back on the up again with the owners breathing new energy into the place while leaving the character, quirky furniture, dark beams, flagged floors and all that makes this so charming alone. Even the varying degrees of dust here and there add to the charisma.
To make a pub work in a somewhat remote location, drinks alone will not cut it except for the locals, and here there is enough for them with four hand pumps of John Smiths, Theakston’s and Issac Road 1863 and 86. There is a more than respectable wine list from renowned wine merchant Andrew Firth, so expect great things.
What is pulling in the customers as well is the food. A menu of good, simple, honest pub food devoid of pretension, foams and nonsense is on offer, and a Sunday lunch wafting by me will have me back here in a flash, it looked seriously good. They were booked solid on the day of my visit, and this apparently is the case most weekends.
Let’s keep fingers crossed then for this lovely inn, it deserves to be a success, and maybe this time, these owners have it right.
Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4AD Tel: 01347 868214, fauconbergarms.com. Open seven days a week from breakfast.
Drinks selection 3/5