Surrounded by the stunning Howardian Hills and countryside, the quaint village of Nunnington appears steeped in history. The Royal Oak offers travellers, walkers and locals alike a warm welcome and a great opportunity to sample comfort food at its best. Fine wine, local cask ale and Italian beer fills the well-stocked bar shelves and a fusion of British and Italian favourites create a tempting menu of home-cooked food with something for everyone. Homely furnishings, books and real log fires make up a cosy atmosphere for chilly days, while the pretty garden is the ideal spot for al fresco dining when the sun is shining.
When we visited, the specials board included pumpkin and parsnip soup – a tasty, hearty bowlful served with an individual loaf of homemade bread. My companion chose chicken liver pâté, which looked as good as it tasted, served with toast, sticky onion jam and a salad garnish. We followed with steak and ale cobbler comprising succulent chunks of lean beef in thick gravy, with a freshly baked cobbler topping, vegetable lasagne with generous layers of roast vegetables, goat’s cheese and delectable Béchamel sauce, served with garlic bread. Indulgent Eton Mess and devilishly good chocolate brownie rounded off a delightful meal. Bring the dog, bring the children, make yourself at home and enjoy The Royal Oak’s superb hospitality.