Carpenters Arms

Felixkirk Thirsk YO7 2DP

The Carpenters Arms in pretty little Felixkirk, just outside the market town of Thirsk, is a clever marriage of country pub and destination restaurant – we love that you can turn up in country casuals and wellies or a Little Black Dress and be made just as welcome. This village pub with a twist is a bit of looker, inside and out, with a warm, welcoming feel, from its oak beams and stone floors to the deep colours and sparkling place settings. The enticing menu offers bistro classics, grills and game in season, but also has a clever Asian-fusion thing going on, so depending on the season you could kick off with grilled mackerel with a homemade spring roll or tamarind and lime chicken. Follow this with hake with crispy mussels or halibut served in a shellfish broth, and it's clear that you're in safe (and very imaginative) hands. Most of the veg and herbs – not to mention the flowers throughout the pub – come from their own kitchen garden, while service is bright and slick. The cosy beamed pub is just one dining space. There's also a garden room with log burner or – great for lazy summer lunches or warm evening dinners – tables on the outdoor deck, with some stunning views over the rolling Vale of York beyond. All in all, this is a place you'd happily spend the day, reading and eating, soaking up the country air and taking a stroll in between meals up to the perfect little church behind the pub. The garden-suite rooms are pretty special too, if you fancied making a weekend away of it.

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