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5.4 /6 Excellent 69 Reviews

The Black Bull in Escrick

Escrick European, British £££ +100
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About The Black Bull in Escrick

Head in any direction out from York and you’re liable to stumble across some of the UK’s best restaurants. Head south down the A19 and you’ll pass through the village of Escrick – blink and you’ll miss it. Turn off down the Main Street and you’ll soon spot The Black Bull, an old-school country pub that offers smart and reasonably priced accommodation and robust British cuisine from the inn’s kitchen. Guests make use of The Black Bull’s breakfast by default, but those who stumble across this gem will be pleased to find a comprehensive menu and drinks list.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Black Bull in Escrick, 89 Main Street, YO19 6JP York

Further Information

A first visit to The Black Bull in Escrick will be rewarded by a choice from the chalkboard displaying the chef's’ specials. From the a la carte menu you can expect a selection of robust dishes dominated by the classics of British cuisine and all made using fresh ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. That said, those venturing out into the countryside around York in need of a light meal before or after a ramble are recommended The Black Bull deli slates of meats, fish, cheeses, pickles and fresh-baked bread to share, or simple sandwiches served in your choice of crusty baguettes, white or wholemeal bloomer bread or gluten-free bread.

As for more lavish lunch and dinner options, The Black Bull in Escrick really pulls out all the stops. Starters like Doreen’s battered black pudding served with garden leaves, spiced apple and vanilla chutney is a sweet and earthy combination to start. Grilled sirloin, ribeye and rump steaks are all 28-day-aged Givendale beef are cooked over charcoal while the steak burger comes stacked with crispy bacon, applewood-smoked cheese and spicy salsa. Main courses range from a traditional steak pie to a luxurious fish and chips offering consisting of freshly beer-battered premium haddock with homemade chips and Yorkshire caviar, while vegetarians will be all over the brie and beetroot tart. Attracting York gourmets with a nose for traditional British food, The Black Bull deserves your reservation.

69 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 69 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: mute
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
22.08.2017 21:37

This is a nice 'Quirky' country pub, good food good atmosphere with helpful and willing staff. I wouldn't say it was the cheapest but what you get for your money is well worth it. Will definitely go again. Top Marks from me!

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 17:30

Fantastic food and nice ambience with attentive staff,the steak pie was full of big chunks and the gammon took over the whole plate,will definitely be returning

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 17:28

Our local pub with a lot of competition in surrounding area but we go back time after time as there are welcoming staff who give Fab service, great food and wonderful atmosphere as always.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2017 07:22

Went here for my Hen do, the food was delicious and the staff amazing. They moved us to a private room which made it more special

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 17:57

Found this little gem totally by accident whilst browsing for somewhere to eat whilst staying in Escrick. The ambience is fantastic. The staff so friendly it's unbelievable but it's totally true. Variety of the menu is very good as is the price. The portions are very generous and the food quality is also exceptional. Overall if I was staying close by again I would definitely eat here and I will definitely recommend that anyone needs to try the Bull

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 11:16

Food is always the top quality here. This is my favourite pub to eat in – staff are always so friendly and the food is delicious. Would highly recommend, my partner and I are a twenty minute drive from Escrick and we always try to visit at least once a month. Also know friends and family who cannot rate this place highly enough.

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 13:35

Superb food and excellent staff. The menu is good with a reasonable choice. All the courses were excellent and the whole experience a delight. 10/10 We eat out on a regular basis as part f our work and social life. This meal and experience rates very highly on our personal experience of similar eateries in the UK. Worth a visit.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 19:52

we dined on a busy night and all the tables were in use. staff were very busy and this impacted slightly on wait times between courses. very good portion sizes hence good value rating. no issues regarding quality or taste. I had fish pie from the specials list which was quite creamy but the highlight was the quality of the accompanying vegetables. great parsnips! pleasant décor in the dining area.

1 review so far 5
23.06.2017 10:09

Good hearty food, came out nice piping hot. The staff had a busy night in general but kept cool and remained attentive. I would have happily paid the same price for half the amount of food, portion size was fairly large. My only grumble is that my chips tasted a little fishy.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 16:44

A comfortable and attractive pub with an appealing menu, friendly service and good value for money. A sign at the front door advertising for a full time chef was a little off putting - perhaps they should use social media instead for recruitment....

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 10:47

The food was very good. Surroundings very nice. The barmaid/waitress was on her own and she did a very good job. I don't know if she would have coped with many more customers. We were a party of 7 and I think another three twos came in.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 00:07

John and Gillian are doing a fantastic job at the Black bull. I had the most amazing Beef Curry. The staff were all very friendly which made our evening all the more enjoyable. Thank you for a lovely evening.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 19:57

Excellent food, service and value. Quiet time when we arrived early Sunday evening but there was a steady stream of customers coming in, some for food and some for a refreshing drink on a very hot day.

2 reviews so far 5
12.08.2017 21:57

Pork slightly overcooked and peppercorn sauce very spicy, but trivial compared to a gorgeous meal, gorgeous surroundings, pleasant/friendly/unobtrusive staff and good, hearty all round meals. Fab wine selection and 2 course meal for 2 with drinks for £40. Incredible value for money. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 19:48

Arrived early, but they seated us quickly. They were friendly and great with the kids. Sunday Roast beef was fantastic and good sized portions. Service was good despite a couple of big bookings in the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
04.07.2017 07:23

Very pleasant staff. Nice meal. A bit quiet for a Friday night. A slight problem with one of the meals but the offer of a free drink while we waited was very much appreciated. In the end only waited a couple of minutes.

1 review so far 5
17.05.2016 07:01

Lovely pub . Friendly staff . Good food and ale. What more could you ask for. Highly recommended. Great York Brewery ales on tap. Meals good value. We booked a table at short notice but all sortes out efficiently. Nice afternoon out.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 08:18

Very light and roomy interior. The staff where most helpful and pleasant. Four of us went and all four enjoyed our meals no faults at all. Will be sure to recommend this place .

1 review so far 6
03.05.2016 07:49

Very friendly staff and excellent food. Will definitely visit again. They were very accommodating to our two children who were with us. I booked through their automated Quandoo site which worked a treat.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 07:54

Very nice would recommend to anyone to dine here. The staff are very friendly and are keen to help you. Good menu selection and also great selection of beers too. 10/10