The Wombwell Arms
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Wass, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BE
What a surprise awaits as you enter the quaint Yorkshire village of Wass. Surrounded by stunning scenery and located a stone's throw from Ampleforth, the delightful Wombwell Arms pub is an exciting find. Having recently featured in The Times as one of the top 50 British country pubs, The Wombwell certainly lives up to its growing reputation. The whitewashed pub, adorned with lovely flower baskets, emits a welcoming feel as soon as you arrive. The owners, Ian and Eunice Walker, have undertaken much work since they came to the pub in 2008 and it shows in the sympathetic renovation of this 17th-Century building. Light and warmth permeate the entrance hall, which features neutral colours, wood and original stone. The couple pride themselves on creating a laid-back feel, which has evidently been achieved, judging by the way the locals sit chatting in the Poachers bar, a lovely area serving Theakstons, Timothy Taylor's and, on occasion, guest ales. Through to the right is another cosy bar area where, in the cold winter months, a well-stoked fire will warm you before heading through to the immaculate candlelit restaurant. Sipping a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc, one of a good selection of wines by the glass, choosing what to have proved a difficult task due to the wide variety of mouth-watering dishes from head chef Eunice - some of the cuisine even hails from her native South Africa. I opted for locally sourced asparagus with quails' eggs and my companion chose pigeon bruschetta; a big hit and a generous portion. The main courses, perfectly served on hot plates, came in the form of perfectly tender sliced duck breast, and chicken in a delicious leek, bacon and Stilton sauce. Although nearly defeated, there was room to sample passionfruit sorbet and the best apple crumble my dining partner had ever had (and he is quite the connoisseur). The word one should use to describe this wonderful bolt-hole is faultless. A trip is thoroughly recommended; indeed, make the most of your visit and stay in one of their newly refurbished, en-suite rooms.