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.
Lovely Sunday lunch. The duck and bread and butter pudding were delicious. Lovely, friendly staff, knew what they were doing and nothing was too much trouble. ( extra custard) . My only negative comment.... the lighting was a little bit too bright! X
The restaurant was lovely, the staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food was beautiful. For a Monday night it was busy but we were served promptly and efficiently - would definitely recommend.
The food was excellent, the overall ambience was very good and the waitress service was good as well! The only downfall is the very small car park!