Known for its beautiful ‘surprise’ view as you approach it from the east, Gillamoor is a typically pretty Yorkshire Moors village. The 17th-century Royal Oak Inn is Grade II listed and brimming with original features and historic charm. Oak beams and open fires work their magic, turning a quick pint of cask ale into a long evening’s wining and dining. There are eight en-suite letting rooms that are a home from home, making staying away a treat.
Indeed, you’ll be extremely happy with the food cooked up in The Royal Oak’s kitchen. Everything is made to order using ingredients sourced within the locale, so freshness is a given. For something a little different, the current menu offers spicy crab, red chilli and sweet potato cakes, but the slow-roasted boneless Gressingham duck with a mulled wine and plum sauce is a particularly good choice too. There are also plenty of vegetarian dishes, so there’s something to suit everyone.
Enjoy a long walk through the glorious surrounding countryside, leave muddy boots at the door and huddle by the fire or, when the weather permits, take a seat out front on the green and enjoy this example of the British pub tradition at its best.