If you like large, noisy pubs, then the Horseshoe Inn is not for you. The small, quaint pub in West Rounton was built in 1880 and has lived this long – amazingly – as an inn. There was only one closure when the 95-year-old owner had to go into care.
The place may be small, but buzzes with atmosphere, and it is this that makes it so inviting. Judging by the conversation around the bar, there is a sense that everyone knows each other – not hard in a small village. The Horseshoe is a pub for the locals yet, even as strangers, the welcome was as though we lived next door.
Being ‘the local’ there’s an emphasis on drinks, and everyone is invited to have a say and make recommendations. The house hand-pulled ale is Black Sheep bitter, with changing guest ales usually from local breweries.
Food plays a large part of the offering at the Horseshoe, and with space at a premium, I would advise booking if you do not want to be disappointed. The food is excellent hearty, home cooking just as pub food should be. Prices are keen, but portion sizes and the standard of the food makes it worthwhile.
The pub also has a focus on hosting local events. Truly, I am not sure what more you could wish from a local pub. The Horseshoe is among the best I have visited this year.
• The Horseshoe Inn, West Rounton, North Yorkshire DL6 2LL Tel:01609 882176.
Open: Monday to Thursday, 6–11.30pm; Friday to Saturday: 5.30–11.30pm; Sunday: 12–10.30pm.
DRINKS SELECTION 4/5