Review: When Markington, population 239, lost the Cross Keys a couple of years ago, its one surviving pub suddenly came to life, though not by accident.
Having been refurbished thorougly in 2015, its new management team have transformed the Yorkshire Hussar into a pub-restaurant well worth travelling for.
This country pub is steeped in England’s history, its solid walls sprinkled with an array of framed old photos from a century or more ago of the village and its people.
The building itself goes back to the 15th century but it’s a light and airy place with bright and breezy service amid the original stone flag floors and beamed ceilings.
Located on Markington’s narrow High Street eight miles from Harrogate and six from Ripon, the best thing about the Yorkshire Hussar is the food.
Hearty, tasty British meat and fish dishes, well presented but unpretentious.
Reasonably priced, it also boasts ‘Yorkshire portions’, especially for Sunday lunch.
And unlike some other places, this does not involve any reduction in quality from the chef.
No one leaves the Yorkshire Hussar hungry or unsatisfied.
My Personal Highlights
The Hussar's Burger:
Double Burger, Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, Red Onion Chutney.
It's massive and tasty!
with vanilla cream, brownie croutons and chocolate sauce.
Big portions. Gorgeous tasting.
Whole plaice fillet with smoked Salmon, Asparagus, Herb & Lemon Mash.
Flavoursome. Class on a plate.