Last weekend we took a trip to the Guy Fawkes Arms in Scotton, just outside of Knaresborough. We’d heard great things about it but had never managed to go as we weren’t organised enough to book a table in their small but very popular restaurant, so when our neighbours suggested going for Sunday/early Christmas dinner we jumped at the chance! For those who are interested, Guy Fawkes himself was born in York but spent most of his youth in Scotton, hence the name.
We were sat in the cosy bar area while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive, sipping our drinks near a real wood fire which was lovely! The drinks are a little expensive but they have some great ales on offer and the house wine was very nice. We chose our food while waiting here to speed up the process. Sunday seems to be an amazing day price wise, as you could have two courses for £16 or three for £19! There’s a pretty good choice for vegetarians considering it’s a small pub in a tiny village- we were a little concerned as the sample menu on their website didn’t list any veggie main options but when we called they assured us there would actually be three choices. They change their menu regularly depending on the ingredients available and the season so if you have any dietary requirements, I would definitely phone ahead.
The table was given a huge platter of breads, some plain and some with olives or sundried tomatoes which were really soft and tasty. For starters, most of our group opted for the baked camembert for two which was a full sized, creamy, oozing camembert (some places give you piddly little ones!) with plenty of bread, celery, grapes, apple and some weird pink fruit with a white centre and tiny black seeds which was a complete mystery but very nice! They even gave us more bread when we asked for it. This in itself was filling and I could have left it there but there was more to come! Others in our group had the seafood platter and the pigeon breast which looked equally good.
My main course was slices of roast sirloin beef with a huge Yorkshire pudding and proper gravy. The table was given two trays of seasonal veg (this picture is from the internet as I ate mine too quickly to snap, so the veg is slightly different- we had carrots, broccoli and peas) and either crisp yet soft in the middle roast potatoes or super indulgent and creamy dauphinoise potatoes. The meat was so tender and moist it really was the best roast dinner I have had in years…. sorry mum! The boyfriend’s cheese, spinach and pepper wellington with garlic pesto also looked amazing and even tempted one of the meat eaters in our group to go veggie for the night!
Some people had pudding but I was so stuffed by this point I was nearly bursting! The lemon posset looked lovely, and my one spoonful of the white chocolate Eton mess was amazing but very, very rich- there was no way I could manage a full one!
This quiet country pub is genuinely amazing and we will defiantly be heading back, especially if we have guests over! The Sunday menu is such good value and is the perfect cross between good old fashioned pub grub but with a good restaurant style twist. The staff were lovely and helpful and the whole atmosphere just lent itself to having a good time with friends and family. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend a visit, just remember to book a table as its so popular with the locals!