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  • By SilverTraveller pb52

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  • Apr 2013
  • Monk Fryston
  • Casual
  • British

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Monk Fryston is an ancient village just off The A1 and is split by the A63 trunk road to Selby, in North Yorkshire.

One of the two village pubs is the Crown Inn, which dates back to the 1600's, and was once a coaching inn for the Turnpike road.

It has been up and down in terms of it's reputation for food over the years and the premises itself has seen refurbishments come and go.

It's latest reincarnation has seen the premises gutted and put back together, a vast improvement on the layout of old.

Puce and cream paints now dominate, with stripped wooden floors and an open basket type fire centrally.

Adjacent to the bar is a horseshoe of brown leather sofas and pouffes to relax in prior to your meal. This is next to the fire too, so welcome on a wintery April evening.

The bar is more accessible and there is a good choice of real ales to accompany the lagers on offer.

The larger dining area is attractive and does the job without being overcrowded.

The new owners have put the emphasis on better food, which is a huge improvement on our last visit, admittedly some time ago, when the food was uninspiring, boil in the bag, and microwave fodder.

The 'Specials' board was the first indication that things had changed for the better, although regrettably, two of the four choices were 'off'.

The printed menu also contained a good choice of meals which were appealing.

On what was a busy evening, the service was a little slow after ordering, though for freshly cooked meals, this was a matter which was acceptable.

The starters of a black pudding stack on mash with peppercorn sauce was excellent, tasty and piquant.

The warm bread was disappointing though, consisting of a few thin slices of white or brown rolls. My partner had to ask for butter. The dips of hummous and cucumber riata were fine, though the pile of limp rocket leaves were left untouched.

The triumph of the evening was the parmesan crusted salmon, the fillet being moist and tasty whilst the crispy topping was a taste sensation.

My slow cooked lamb shoulder was presented off the bone with creamy potato slices and a vibrant dark jus. An excellent choice if I may say so.

The accompanying fresh cooked vegetables were lovely.

At 9pm things started to fall apart. There was a quiz night (Tuesdays and Thursdays) which we were unaware of, and the microphone was at excrutiatingly high levels. So much so that we asked for it to be turned down. Staff apologised but said people in other parts of the pub wouldn't be able to hear it.

We decided to forego desserts and coffee and went into the silence of the night. A bit of a pity, but the quiz was popular with the locals, so who are we, very occasional visitors, to argue?

The Crown is a community pub and has no pretensions to be otherwise. Food is good on the whole, at very good prices.

We left satisfied overall, having had a good evening with good food. Just avoid Tuesdays and Thursdays if you are not a quiz fan!

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  • ESW
    almost 8 years ago
    This sounds worth a visit - as long as we avoid quiz night. I can't stand loud noise either.