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.
great value. devilled whitebait great but not sure if they do it now
The did not receive the Quandoo booking but luckily it didn’t matter as it wasn’t busy. The food and experience was as good as ever.
Our previous visits have been excellent but the Bull has changed hands. Our meal was a little slow in arriving. Yet it duly did four vegetarian dishes and one chicken all with "onions" rings. These all turned put to be Calamari rings. One of our group has a seafood allergy. On complaint to staff, only 1 meal was replaced. When paying for the meal, no apology was made until we mentioned the mistake and then it didn't seem very sincere. Shame, this was one of our favourite restaurants.
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.