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5.7 /6 Wonderful 25 Reviews

The Malt Shovel

Brearton European, British £££ +100
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About The Malt Shovel

Situated inside a historic coaching inn dating back to the 16th century, The Malt Shovel is a beautiful village gastropub located right on the village of Brearton’s Main Street, a short drive from the centre of Harrogate. Sympathetically restored to retain the buildings old world charm and original features, The Malt Shovel is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, drawing in diners from all over the North Yorkshire area for a menu replete with contemporary classics of British cuisine and a bar well stocked with whiskeys, wines and craft beers. To guarantee a table, making a reservation in advance is recommended.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
The Malt Shovel, Main Street, HG3 3BX Brearton

Further Information

With oak beams, exposed stone walls and vintage-style furniture, The Malt Shovel is a chic take on a traditional country pub, known for its sophisticated setting and menu of British and European cuisines. No matter if you’re looking for somewhere for a leisurely pub lunch, or an elegant evening meal, The Malt Shovel provides the perfect backdrop with its cosy fireplace and revamped traditional decor, making it a favourite among Brearton and Harrogate locals as well as guests from further afield in North Yorkshire. On the menu at lunchtime you’ll find everything from light bites like smoked cod & gruyere fish cakes with lemon, dill & shallot mayo, to a range of homemade sandwiches as well as larger mains like the homemade cumberland sausages served with mash, caramelized onion gravy and seasonal vegetables.

Head on over to The Malt Shovel in Brearton in the evening and begin your meal with some French onion soup, black pudding scotch egg or tempura king prawns with a Thai dressing, before moving on to some home-style steak & ale pie, Nidderdale chicken breast with creamy spinach, fondant potatoes and red wine jus, or the slow-cooked lamb and apricot stew. With plenty of choices for vegetarians as well as a comprehensive children’s menu, The Malt Shovel is an ideal choice for when dining as a group or family. You’ll find it located on Brearton’s village Main Street, a short drive away from the centre of Harrogate. Attracting guests from all over the UK, spaces at The Malt Shovel are limited, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.


25 Reviews

5.7 /6 Wonderful 25 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: mute
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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Clive R.
5 reviews so far 6
28.02.2017 15:51

A sense of excitement at this pub with live music, great food & an eye on the future. Well done Will & looking forward to the upgraded conservatory😊

Michael H.
2 reviews so far 6
27.02.2017 02:10

Fantastic Sunday Lunch! All three courses were of an extremely high standard. The service was attentive but not rushed. Would definitely recommend and will be returning.

natalie h.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 00:24

It was perfect - everything we were hoping for and more. It's been a long time since we had a real decent Sunday roast in Yorkshire.

Simon L.
1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 01:05

Stunning food and impeccable service. Fantastic. Probably best quality food in Harrogate area including all the restaurants in town. The fire roaring and intimate nature of the pub are terrific

Liz W.
1 review so far 4
11.12.2016 16:29

The Location lived up to our expectations. The ambiance was pleasant too. However on the whole the food was a disappointment unfortunately! The crayfish starter was average but the avocados were under ripe so not the best taste. All 3 main courses were average but therefore overpriced for what we received. One was the belly pork which apparently was 'nothing special' as described by someone who eats out a lot. Another main was the game pie which was inoffensive but not outstanding. My main course was a very small mushroom stroganoff,mash and uninspiring carrots and broccoli.it was average again.The 2 desserts we ate : chocs tart and creme brûlée were average too. We were we expecting the food to be much better but it was no better than other local much larger pub chains. The food didn't live up to the higher price tag. Not inspired to return anytime soon. The service was slow and we never did get the bottle of water we asked for!

Gavin G.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 17:28

Sunday lunch was excellent. Good choice of food on the menu. The Malt Shovel is a typical Yorkshire foodie pub. Good service. Would definitely return and recommend.

Robert W.
1 review so far 5
15.01.2017 23:40

A really good lunch at the Malt Shovel for all of us (6 people). All though the service was a bit slow the wait was worth it as the food was freshly made and of a very high standard. Service was very attentive at all times, and the atmosphere excellent with a rather nice fire warming the place up. Would certainly go back again.

Richard r.
1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 01:22

Great food, lovely menu choices. Good service and a totally unhurried experience. The bill soon added up though and even though it was more expensive than other pubs we have visited, the quality of the food matched the final bill so we didn't feel had done by.

Jordan S.
4 reviews so far 6
05.02.2017 03:45

This is one of our favorite pubs .... food is always delicious, staff are lovely and it's a warm and cozy place. Always a fire going in cooler weather and we have always enjoyed every single meal at this pub.

Lucy H.
1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 01:40

Fantastic food and service. I had taken my family, who were over from the states. For Sunday lunch at a proper English county pub. They loved it. And so did we. We will be back soon

Hayley N.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 03:21

First class from booking through Quandoo, arriving, lovely table and excellent service from all staff members. Food was exceptional, presentation and service was first class. Excellent experience and will 100% return as soon as possible.

Nigel H.
1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 17:53

We had a lovely time at the Malt Shovel. Fantastic food served in a great atmosphere in this country pub restaurant. Very friendly and relaxed service. We were made to feel really welcome

Sylvia Hickling H.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 01:08

My first visit since the present owners took over some three years ago. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.We all enjoyed the food very much, we will definetly visit again.

Andrew B.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 03:22

Fantastic food, fantastic service, offered some off the menu options for vegetarians, no rush to get us out of the door despite us staying past closing time... we'll be back

Jan T.
1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 22:44

Absolutely excellent food and service. It's a few years since we've been but we'll definitely be going back soon. It's the best pub food we've had in a long time.

Dave I.
2 reviews so far 6
06.02.2017 03:31

Fabulous food was cooked to perfection, roaring fire added to the homely and friendly atmosphere. Must try the Black pudding boiled egg, absolutely fabulous. Thank you, will be going again.

Malcolm C.
1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 04:45

Lovely atmosphere. Good service. Meals varied. Calves liver a bit over cooked. Goujons fine. Dover sole beautifully done with lovely lemon butter. Wine excellent. Sorry about the 5 ttonight. It was top marks last time.

Dale M.
1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 22:29

The foot was absolutely beautiful and the staff extremely polite and very friendly. All in all an exceptional dining experience and I will be returning very soon.

Nick S.
1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 04:57

Excellent service, good menu, well cooked food and lovely setting. It is always a treat to be made to feel so welcome on a cold wet night.

Martin S.
1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 17:59

Lovely atmosphere, and wonderful food, what more could you want. very easy to book a table on line, rather than having to disturb them with phone calls.

Sandra D.
2 reviews so far 6
02.02.2017 04:17

Really great food and friendly service Lovely warm log fires so cozy on a cold wet night Thanks Will for your company we will be back

Lawrence P.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 17:53

Excellent food, service and ambience, this was a Valentines lunch, the person serving us was attentive, the food was served quickly and well presented. Very good

Phil O.
1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 01:43

Food was excellent - impressive menu with plenty of choice and the dishes were well presented. Friendly service and a lovely setting. Will definitely return

Janet K.
1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 01:04

Rib of beef Sunday lunch was very good. Roast potatoes plus 4 different vegetables, cooked al dente. Large portion. Cafetiere of coffee was poor, weak.

Jeffrey K.
1 review so far 4
27.02.2017 20:38

The dining areas were pleasant with good size tables. The staff were welcoming. Food was good and attractively presented. Service a bit slow, but allowed for a leisurely meal.