Quite hard judging whether to bring you short reports on some of these never-ending rural Yorkshire dining pubs, but I didn’t want you to miss out on this filth.


This is what greets American visitors on their day trips from Whitby to the Blacksmith’s Arms in Lastingham, on the edge of the North Yorks Moors.


If nearby Cropton sounds familiar, Mrs RM and I did a brewery tour overnighter there 3 years ago. We attempted to walk to Lastingham that night but the Eton Mess at the New Inn got the better of us.

Fairly idyllic, heh ?

Well, apart from the Italian lager umbrella

One photo will delight some of you and alienate the other 99%.

Photos good, cushions bad

Yes, cushion overload, and goodness knows what Mudgie will think of the seats…

A slightly incongruous TV screen seems at odds with the rest of the bar.

Brought in especially for the moon landing

It’s an odd mixture of professionalism, fine dining and old-school vlllage pub.

Too many beers, of course.

What HAVE they done to the Old Peculier clip ?

I had to escape the tiny bar, overrun by indecisive families. Wicker seating outside but at least the views to the hills were decent.

1664 land

The Theakston screamed “2.5”. I left it for 5 minutes to walk the bounds, and when I came back it had magicked into a 3. That happens sometimes.

So, no plants were harmed in the production of this post, and on my return to the bar I had the opportunity to explore the Gents further.


The mind boggles as to what was contained in the Ladies.

16 thoughts on “RYEDALE PUB “HUMOUR”

  1. I’m I overlooking something here or is the name of this pub not mentioned in the post? Make no mistake, I have no plans to visit this one, but sometimes I do and including pub names in posts would make them more “searchable”.


  2. I’ve not been in that pub but was nearby on my honeymoon.
    I remember Mrs TSM commenting that I had had plenty of the Cropton beer but surely a marriage is something to be celebrated.

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      1. Yes, that’s the Yeoman’s Arms near Stafford.
        Coincidently when first in Stafford, 1973 to ’74 and ’76 to ’79, my nearest pub was the Staffordshire Yeoman.

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    1. Agree, it’s a good range, and if this was a pub inside York City walls it might just get enough custom. But more and more dining pubs lead on lager and wine.

      That said, Theakston was quite good here.


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