Coachman Inn, Snainton
This rather grand ivy clad Georgian coaching inn was a staging post on a significant mail route between York and Scarborough, and the it’s still worth stopping for. It sits rather sedately on a fork in the road, and after a short sweep up the drive, you’ll notice tables and chairs set prettily under a huge willow at the front, so a pleasant spot for a summer drink, then.
The small but perfectly formed bar gleams, light from the fire reflecting on the deep red quarry tiled floor and the chunky Arts and Crafts furniture. Food is local and seasonal, with fish flying in daily from nearby Scarborough, and game trotting by from the moors. Specials are chalked up, and might include curried crab cakes, red pepper and coriander dressing – a snip at 4.95, and for mains, outdoor reared pork fillet, mixed beans and chorizo – still good value at 9.95.
The bar is a very pleasant place to eat, but it you want to swank it up a bit, the elegant dining room at the far end of the building is a blizzard of snow white linen with glimmering candles and old oak floors; there’s a cute red room too, which can be shuttered off for a private do. The evening menu steps up a gear with the likes of pan roast Goosnargh duck, potato terrine, spiced carrots, honey and black pepper jus.