Pub of the week – Dog & Duck, Walkington

Pub of the Week for 15/6/11

Dog & Duck Pub of the Week

Dog & Duck, Walkington

After a few years boarded-up and forgotten Walkington’s once-popular Dog & Duck has recently reopened its doors to a very impressed public. Just 5 minutes drive west of Beverley and perfect for a stop off if you’re visiting the Wolds, Walkington has welcomed the pub back like an old friend. The décor and layout are nothing exceptional but this is a well-oiled, friendly operation manned by a small army of keen, attentive young staff and comfortingly seasoned management. It’s large too, with a spacious, tastefully decorated dining area, a lounge with plenty of elbow room and a small but well-appointed back bar that allows the locals to play pub games as loud as they like without the risk of upsetting the diners.

The drink selection is pretty good with four well kept guest ales, a solid wine list and the quirky addition of a gin corner featuring a selection of gins from around the world. What the D&D is really about these days, though, is the food. At first glance the menu appears disconcertingly large and chain pub-like, further investigation, however, reveals pub classics, international favourites and well-conceived specialties of the house. Highly recommended is the meltingly soft slow-roast belly pork and the outrageously over-brimming seafood platter – my dining companion instantly exclaimed ‘I’ll never finish that’ on its arrival. Whatever you order arrives promptly and the portion sizes are a fair reflection of the mid-to-high prices. There’s an admirably dedicated attitude to serving times, too, with the entire menu available all day long, a tempting additional sandwich and snack selection and a choice of generously accompanied roasts come Sunday.

All of this is not to say that the pub is beyond criticism – there’s not the feeling of camaraderie vital to a great pub and outside space is limited to just a car park so sitting in the sun in summer will be problematic – but this is the kind of warm, efficient operation that the major chains strive for but never reach. Perhaps it’s because they don’t value their staff or welcome their customers with the same gusto. Or maybe it’s simply a Yorkshire thing.

 

Welcome 4
Drinks selection 4
Atmosphere 3
Food 4
Prices 3

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