Monday, 4 May 2015

Fox and Hounds, Dalehouse nr Staithes

When you are out rambling in North Yorkshire then it is always possible that you will come across a great pub that you have never heard of in a hamlet that you have never heard of. One such occasion was on Saturday, 2nd May........

We were doing a circular walk from Staithes and had descended into a nature reserve to the west of Staithes. We came across a sign stating that there was good food to be had in 6 furlongs. Fortunately we are old enough to remember what a furlong is and 3/4 of a mile further on we came across the Fox and Hounds at Daleshouse.
Our first thought was that it would be rude to pass by and Maggie stated that it was OK 'cos we were on in we went.
We were straight into a very cosy bar with an open fire and a smattering of locals. There were two cask ales on the bar - Wells Bombardier at £1.50 a pint and Adnams Bitter at £2.50 a pint. Had we stepped back in time?
Both ales were on good form and landlady Christine took great care in pulling the beer to the glasses. She also disappeared down a trapdoor behind the bar into the cellar whilst tending to the lager - quite a pantomime moment!
The d├ęcor in the pub is dark wood plus several fox heads and lots of brass. The feeling of stepping back into the recent past was enhanced by the background music which was 100% Shadows music. The conversation, amongst the locals, was fairly unique - potash mining - not so surprising as there is a ruddy great potash mine less than a mile away!
We were too early to eat (3 p.m.) but the pub gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor for it's no nonsense pub food. This pub is a little gem and is worth seeking out. If you are in the vicinity then we recommend a visit. We will certainly be going back!