Yorkshire's Independent Restaurant Guide

Punch Bowl, Marton cum Grafton

There has been a revolving door of landlords at this rambling whitewashed roadhouse in the Vale of York. You may remember when Neil ‘Men Behaving Badly” Morrissey and James Fox romped around there on Channel Four’s Risky Business showing us how they were going to turn a faded boozer into a trendy gastropub with a microbrewery in the back yard?

It should have been a roaring success: celebrity landlords, masses of free TV exposure,  a nicely done-out interior and not half bad food. But whether it was the sweary laddishness or the smell of opportunism or forgetting to invite the locals to their glitzy celebrity opening bash, within 18 months it imploded in voluntary liquidation.

Now it’s the turn of Provenance Inns, the company who over the last ten years have taken on a number of ailing pubs and turned them into cracking good ones.

Ex-Morrison executive, Chris Blundell first took on his local, the Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk, he all but rebuilt the Oak Tree at Helperby, and spruced up the Punch Bowl that continues in the familiar Provenance style with a classic/basic gastropub menu, more or less the same as in all their pubs: sticky ribs; fish and chips; burger and chips; black pudding and potato cake with poached egg; steak and kidney pie and chips, pea and broad bean risotto; steak and chips.

Inside it’s a scene of beams and whitewash, pure Yorkshire wool curtains, blood-red walls (fast becoming a theme of the group) and fires in the grate. When the sun does shine, they’ve made a charming seating area with a mighty parasol out in the yard where Morrissey capered about before disappearing over the horizon.

Punch Bowl

Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire YO51 9QY

Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire YO51 9QY

01423 322519


Price guide

2 out of 5 price guide

Area: North Yorkshire

Reviewed by Jill on 06 Aug 2012

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