Pub of the Week – The Moorcock Inn, Langdale End

I chose one of my favourite pubs in the world for this week’s POTW.

This review originally appeared in the Yorkshire Post in October 2011.

The Moorcock Inn, Langdale End

Pub of the Week – The Moorcock Inn, Langdale End

The Moorcock Inn may just be the most Yorkshire-feeling place in the world. It sits in the North York Moors national park and to get to the pub you either have to come throughDalbyForest, Troutsdale, Stainton Dale or Harwood Dale. It’s one of only a handful of buildings in picture-perfect Langdale End and has changed barely a jot in the past 100 or so years.

It’s a handsome stone farmhouse, owned for nearly a century by the Martindale family. They served beer and food in the hardly-converted parlour of their house, while the other end of the building doubled as the village post office. Even as recently as the 1980’s Ada Martindale was to be found appearing from the cellar with a jug of beer to serve the handful of punters that could fit into the bar. By all accounts it was literally like drinking in someone’s front room.

It passed from the family, though remained locally and independently owned, and was sympathetically converted in the early 90’s. Almost all of the internal layout was maintained along with much of the furniture and the ultra-cosy feel.

Drink (including some local cask ales) is served through a hatch in the wall from what is essentially a cobbled-together lean-to bolted onto the back of the building. The food offering varies constantly depending on whim but Sunday lunch is always dependably hearty.

The pub also has an admirably cavalier attitude to opening times, they simply open when they feel like. As they have a rarely-answered phone it can be quite impossible to ascertain if and when they will be open but this only adds to the home-spun, ramshackle charm. Even if you just pitch up on the off-chance and the pub is closed it’s never a wasted visit as you’ll have seen some incredible countryside on your journey. If you’re in luck and find it open, you can sit in the bar, get a warm from the fire with a pint of best and some scratchings and know that no-one is being more Yorkshire-y than you.

Welcome                   5

Drinks selection       3

Atmosphere              5

Food                           4

Prices                         4

 

 

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