Far off the overwhelmed path, the Yorkshire village of Nun Monkton is residence to an attraction of singular notice. The Alice Hawthorn Inn is a jewel of an 18th century pub crowning the quintessentially English hamlet that surrounds it. With a working village inexperienced on the entrance and ponies grazing on the again, the pure allure of the placement is obvious from the second of arrival.
A stunning quantity of historical past is packed beneath the roof of the inn itself. Stated to be named for each a champion Victorian-era racehorse and the lady who helped its mom to foal, the Alice Hawthorn has stood on the coronary heart of the Nun Monkton group since its institution as a easy village pub greater than 220 years in the past. Throughout our keep we discovered that residents usually gathered there of a night, contributing to a heat ambiance that by no means turned overbearing.
The village itself is a deal with to discover. Open inexperienced areas and a peaceable ambiance have been the order of the day throughout our go to, and the Alice Hawthorn proved to be a superb base for our varied nation excursions, which in fact all included a cease by the maypole on the village inexperienced (the tallest within the nation). The inn supplies its personal ‘Little E book of Walks’ for guests trying to dive into the outside, and I can wholeheartedly suggest a post-dinner stroll across the River Nidd – or simply the duck pond, if the meal has left you too happy to roam additional.
On that, it will be remiss to speak concerning the Alice Hawthorn with out dwelling on the standard of the kitchen and cellar. Despite what outdoors appearances may counsel, the eating expertise provided on the inn is not any easy pub fare. The primary dish of cod kiev, smashed chilli peas and beef fats crispy potatoes (no easy fish and chips!) tell us that we have been in for a unbelievable culinary deal with.
The menu – and the unmissable day by day specials – are distinctly Yorkshire-influenced and ready with a talent that took us totally without warning. The inn’s cooks are able to turning one thing as unassuming as a steak and mushroom pie right into a mouth-watering meal that gained’t allow you to have a look at the dish the identical approach once more. Particular point out has to go to the Granny Smith apple and ginger ‘wake-up photographs’ that turned an sudden spotlight of our mornings.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the standard matches that of any upscale restaurant. Each time we returned for dinner or breakfast, we left the desk feeling completely spoiled. For those who plan to go together with firm, be certain that they’re obliging sufficient to allow you to steal a couple of tasters.
Past the positive eating, the Alice Hawthorn is replete with modern comforts belied by its gorgeously rustic exterior. The 4 rooms above the pub are appointed with plush beds, eminently comfy armchairs and expansive en-suite bogs with a full complement of luxurious Noble Isle merchandise. Beamed ceilings meet roll-top baths and additional trendy conveniences, together with a miniature fridge and an uncommonly sturdy Wi-Fi connection for individuals who intend to work whereas they’re away.
That is to talk solely of the Grade II listed pub itself. The Alice Hawthorn has just lately accomplished a renovation, including eight new bedrooms indifferent from the primary constructing in timber body buildings modeled within the vein of agricultural stables and barns. Alongside them, a number of additional rooms are laid out for personal group eating and occasions. It hardly must be stated that every is as lavishly furnished because the pub rooms. I can solely think about how nice it will be to carry a operate in one of many Scandinavian-inspired exterior eating rooms.
It bears emphasising that the cosy isolation of the inn is much from necessary. Each Harrogate and York are solely a short journey away for anybody trying to enterprise additional afield. The cities’ proximity is totally unfelt within the village itself; Nun Monkton sits on the finish of a protracted nation lane and is flawlessly quiet save for the occasional bleating of sheep – and even that may’t be heard from the consolation of the Alice Hawthorn’s rooms.
This inn was not lauded by The Sunday Instances as “the most effective resort within the North” for nothing. A completely rejuvenating expertise in a beautiful location, full with splendidly pleasant employees, it’s tough to think about a extra idyllic place for a weekend or an in a single day keep. Whether or not you’re in Yorkshire for pleasure or for enterprise, I’d suggest The Alice Hawthorn to anybody.