It’s time for a road trip and we are heading for Yorkshire. We decide to make our first stop at The Anvil Inn, Sawdon. From the early 1700s to the 1980s the pub was a blacksmiths and the workshop was housed where the bar is today. Some of the original tools still hang from the walls.
Rock forges ahead with a typical Yorkshire dish…..Aromatic Crispy Duck with Chinese vegetables, pancakes and a furnace of Chilli Jam. I decide to be much more exotic and pick the Anvil Ploughmans which has a cast that includes a slice of short horn beef tempered with a selection of Yorkshire cheeses. The Ploughmans is good but Rock has made the wiser choice.
To quench my thirst I start with a pint of Rosedale – which is a little bland. Not to be disheartened, I move on to the Ambhas Ale, brewed in East Yorkshire by Great Newsome, which is a flux of nutty and toffee flavours. I am really enjoying it.
Neither of us have the space to shoe in much more and, ignoring helpful advice about which dessert will fill the least space, we decide to share the Spotted Dick and Custard. It tastes fantastic with flavours beautifully welded together. But, even between us, we cannot quite finish the Yorkshire sized portion.
The Anvil will be filed in the ‘good but not great’ category. Though the service provided by the daughter of the owners, which could easily have foundered during a really busy lunchtime, was first rate!