Prayers an­swered

BE­LIEVE THE HYPE: The re­ports were right, says Elaine Lemm, the Saw­ley Arms is a real gem. Pic­tures by Gary Longbottom.

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roast pota­toes were just about to pass their best.

The foot­ball-sized York­shire pud­dings were the only dis­ap­point­ment; size is not al­ways the best way to judge a pud. They were quite dry and with­out any dis­tinct flavour to them. On this, hus­band said mine are bet­ter than the Saw­ley’s. Phew.

Do not ask me how, but, de­spite all that food, we or­dered dessert. I would never man­age that at home, but, we were on a roll and be­sides, the pud­dings on of­fer were sim­ply too good to pass on.

Could you have turned down a whisky and mar­malade bread and but­ter pud­ding, or rhubarb crum­ble?

Both were ex­cep­tion­ally good and like the pas­try on the tart, the crum­ble on the rhubarb was but­tery and crisp at the same time.

Not only have they got the Sun­day lunch cracked here, but they also have an ex­cel­lent han­dle on ser­vice too. It was keen as they have a lot to feed but was al­ways friendly and help­ful. I find be­ing called “madam” in a pub a lit­tle over for­mal, but said with the best of in­ten­tions I am sure.

The Saw­ley Arms has been around for a long time but did close for a spell. The pub re-opened in Au­gust 2013 un­der new own­er­ship, and a full re­fur­bish­ment. Hence why the place looks so well-looked af­ter. Julie Wilks is the manager of the Saw­ley and with her team, they are do­ing (to bor­row my hus­band’s phrase) a crack­ing job.

It seems all those ru­mours I heard about the Saw­ley are true. I will be back for sure.

The Saw­ley Arms, Saw­ley, Ripon, HG4 3EQ. 01765 620642. Open, Mon­day to Satur­day, 11am–11pm (food served 11am–2.30pm and 5-9pm. A light lunch menu is served 2.30pm-5pm); Sun­day, 12-10.30pm (food served, 12pm-8pm).

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