Sunday 17 August 2008

Hayburn Wyke pub, near Cloughton, Yorkshire

The Hayburn Wyke inn is a homely 200-year-old stone pub nestling in a secluded wooded valley near the Cleveland Way, which provides it with a steady flow of thirsty and hungry customers. Outside, there is an unobtrusive adventure playground made from tyres and timber, a large lawn and some garden tables. The inside is a little dingy and service can be slow when the Hayburn Wyke gets busy on sunny lunchtimes, but the good-value, and mostly tasty pub fare, such as steak pie, shepherds pie and the gigantic 'gorilla' grill (£6 to £13) makes up for that. The steak sandwich with chips and a small side salad (£5) is a decent brunch, while respectable kids meals cost just £3.50. There are real ales on tap and the middle-aged ladies manning the bar are warm and friendly. 8/10