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The Malt Shovel

Brearton · European, British · ££££
127 Reviews

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.

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The Malt Shovel
Main Street, Brearton
Brearton HG3 3BX

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Permanently closed
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chef's Choice



French Onion Soup

onions, garlic croutons & gruyere cheese

Roast Beets & Yorkshire Goats Cheese Salad

Red, yellow & candied beetroot, candied walnuts, pea shoots & a Brearton Honey drizzle

Black Pudding Scotch Egg

Celeriac remoulade, crispy bacon & a salad garnish


The Malt Shovel Steak & Ale Pie

Made with Theakstons Best Bitter, served with Hand cut Jenga chips & seasonal Veg

Slow Cooked Belly Pork

Served with Dauphinoise Potato, Petis Pois, gravy, apple sauce & home-made crackling

Cajun Haddock

Cajun spiced pan-fried haddock, Cajun mayo, skinny fries & a house salad

Menu (General)

Full Menu

Every Day - All Day

Lunchtime Set Menu

Every Day - All Day
Having a party?

Organising a party? Want to stay longer? Have a special request?

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.

127 The Malt Shovel Reviews

Tim J.a month ago · 1 review

Great food attentive staff and all reasonably priced. I would recommend anyone to go here. Plenty of space around the tables. Car parking a little small but room to park on the road

John P.a month ago · 1 review

Prior to our visit as a party of four for Sunday Lunch on 17th September 2017, it must have been seven years or so since I'd last dined at the Malt Shovel, one New Years Eve. I'd not been back since, as at the time, it had seemed a tad "cliquey" for my taste, despite the food having been excellent; it just put me off a little. However, at the time it had I only very recently been taken over, and the atmosphere had, I feel, been a residual one, as no vestige of this remained. The staff are welcoming, helpful and courteous without being "in your face", and I'm happy to report that the clientele are also very welcoming, too, no doubt due to being very happy bunnies at finding such a gem. The Malt is delightfully cosy without feeling at all cramped. The food is delicious, being both beautifully prepared and cooked to perfection. And - what a refreshing change - thankfully, no one felt the need to ask us three or four times during the meal if "everything was okay for us" (don't you just hate that?). It's good to see a restaurant having quiet confidence in its food (and justifiably so here) refraining joyously from this irritating practice which seems to have become almost ubiquitous in dining establishments these days. Whilst it could be argued that the drinks may be just a wee bit on the pricey side (as is the case with all restaurants), the choice is wide and the food is 1st class whilst also offering excellent value. We shall most certainly be going many times more in the future. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Emily P.2 months ago · 1 review

Lovely good, great selection and all beautifully presented, great service, cannot fault the waitress and waiter, made us feel so welcome, nice setting, cosy and quiet yet a good atmosphere! 10/10

Kelly C.2 months ago · 1 review

My fIrst time back here in many years. The place looks lovely and with wonderful food, welcoming hosts, great service and fantastic value for money we will certainly be recommending to others and returning ourselves.

BEVERLEY T.3 months ago · 12 reviews

The Malt Shovel, tucked away in a small hamlet, is a characterful place worthy of any magazine shoot. The menu and specials board are always interesting and well thought out. The staff are friendly and efficient attentive too. We have been previously but have not visited for a while and it was a welcome return. We will not be leaving it so long again! We both had a starter from the Specials Board - lemon smoked salmon - superb Both of us had steaks which were tasty and plentiful - I cannot highly recommend The Malt Shovel enough - give it a try

Liz W.10 months ago · 1 review

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!

Brian P.8 months ago · 2 reviews

What can I say! as usual the food was superb as was the service. It's well worth a visit to try their Braised Calf Liver, I've never had better. The Malt Shovel is a true country inn with a warm welcoming atmosphere. Do yourself a favour and go!!!

Charles M.3 months ago · 1 review

The Malt Shovel lived up to its excellent reputation. The food ( very important) was first class with service (almost as important) to match. Compared to other local establishments a little more expensive, but in my opinion well worth it. We will most definitely visit again.

Aneta R.7 months ago · 1 review

We booked for a meal for 10 people, it was a special occasion. However, due to the staff being extremely busy, I believe, the prosecco that supposed to be served at the arrival never arrived to the table....not sure what happened there? I am not sure why the steak was served sliced on the plate, this never happened to me before and I am not sure what was the reason behind. I... am more than capable to slice my own food a specially when it comes to a steak, so disappointed here I am afraid. On overall we liked the room, the music, the staff- even though it was busy they were attentive. It was a memorable meal for everyone, so thank you.

Bill H.7 months ago · 4 reviews

We had a lovely meal celebrating my husband's belated birthday lunch. We were able to bring our dog into the conservatory so she was happy too, rather than in the hot car.....it was a sunny day! Food was great, portions were generous and all was freshly prepared for us. Staff were helpful, keen and fun! Certainly we shall return. The waiting Tim was as I would hope it would be for freshly prepped courses. Music down to a minimum.

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