This week we visited The Fleece Inn, Bishop Wilton for an evening meal. The pub is in a pretty Wolds village about 15 miles from York. It was recently refurbished in a modern country style by the people behind Grandad’s Shed in Pocklington. The village itself is set within some beautiful countryside and is popular with walkers and cyclists alike.  Bishop Wilton also has a quite magnificent community shop that’s definitely worth a visit if you are visiting the pub at lunchtime.

Bishop Wilton Village in the Spring
Bishop Wilton Village in the Spring

On a Tuesday and Wednesday in August The Fleece have two specials on to coincide with the government’s ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme. The first one is ‘pie and pud’ – choose a main course from a selection of pies with all the trimmings, and then a dessert for £15. With the deal, this brings it down to a budget beating £7.50 for a two course meal! The other option (and the one we went for) is a 10 oz rump steak or 8oz sirloin with chips, peas, tomato, mushroom and onion rings. You could also choose from a peppercorn, blue cheese or Diane sauce. Then there was a selection of desserts. This deal was priced at £20 but with the discount, will just set you back a tenner. You can see from my photos that the portion size is large (and it was a huge plate!).

The Fleece, Bishop Wilton, Review

The Fleece Inn at Bishop Wilton Review

The sirloin steak was perfectly cooked and of good quality, nice and tender. The chips are also commendable – proper chips which all good pubs should do I think. I tell you what was really delish though – the peppercorn sauce! I do love a pepper sauce with my steak and consider myself a bit of a sauce connoisseur, and this one definitely rates as the best I can remember having. Very rich, thick and creamy – perfect!

There was a good dessert selection too and we each chose a different one. Here we have sticky toffee pudding and ice cream:

Chocolate fudge cake:

The Fleece, Bishop Wilton, Review

Millionaire’s Shortbread Cheesecake
The Fleece, Bishop Wilton, Review

I must also mention the friendly staff as nothing was too much trouble and they were happy to chat too.

I can completely recommend a visit to The Fleece Inn at Bishop Wilton. It would make a nice stop off point for tea after a day at the coast too (it’s just off the York to Bridlington road).  Oh and in winter they have cosy real fires!

If you are wanting to stay in the village, the pub does have rooms or there are lodges with hot tubs just a stroll away.

Fancy a country pub?  Have a look at our post on country pubs near York.

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