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 Escrick’s breakfast by default, but those who stumble across this gem will be pleased to find a comprehensive menu and drinks list.
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’s 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 pub 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 pub deserves your reservation.
We were seated quickly, the food was gorgeous and the staff were friendly. We enjoyed the little messages of inspiration around the pub. We would definitely return.
We’ve eaten here a few times and each time the food has been fantastic. The staff are very friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back again
The food was very good and well presented.The lady who served us was very friendly and helpful.Would definatly recommend it to friends and family.Also a lovely fire was burning making it very cosy.
Warm welcome with a Great roaring fire. Service was prompt and timely. The food was great. It is well worth a visit. A great country pub.
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
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.
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.
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.
Booked online, last minute, whilst on a weekend visit to York based on Trip advisor reviews. We were NOT dissappointed. Friendly staff. The food we ordered arrived promptly and I've never had so much steak in a pie, it was delicious, very tender and tasty. And the chips, lol, best I've had in a very long time. Hope to visit again 😊
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.