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5.3 /6 Excellent 69 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 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
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.

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69 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 69 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
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david w.
1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 17:41

Excelent shall go again when we return to the area attentive staff very good menu made very welcome good sellection of beers and wines very popular venue good ambiance

Valerie G.
1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 01:23

Met up with friends for lunch and used the Set Lunch menu. Food excellent, well prepared and presented. Staff attentive and friendly. Good ambience with fire blazing - even though it's April it was very cold outside! Able to sit and chat for 2 hours with no pressure to move. Parking easy (behind pub). Had considered meeting in Harrogate - this was so much easier. Excellent value.

Isobel C.
1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 05:38

Absolutely marvellous! Food exquisite, ambience delightful, service brilliant ! Would totally recommend this pub. Rhubarb gin was also very good! Can't wait to go back .

Annamarie H.
3 reviews so far 6
06.04.2017 00:30

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.

Liz W.
1 review so far 4
11.12.2016 19:29

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!

Brian P.
2 reviews so far 6
07.03.2017 02:34

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!!!

Aneta R.
1 review so far 4
20.03.2017 09:48

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.

Dan W.
1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 06:31

Friendly, warm, country restaurant atmosphere. Very good, attentive service! Food is outstanding and the wine selection is truly exceptional since you can get just a glass--in three sizes no less!--of almost any of the well selected wines on the menu! We find the prices to be very competitive; we've never thought we paid too much for any dish. In short, a top-5 pick for a dinner out within a 20 mile radius!

Madeleine C.
1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 20:44

This is a lovely and welcoming pub restaurant with a very high quality of food and service. The sunday roasts are really very good - the meat was amazing - there was a good wine list and the children's menu is all decent home-made food (the chicken nuggets are homemade as are the haddock goujons) and they will provide anything from the main menu in half portions too. We had a wonderful meal. The Moussaka was slightly disappointing but everything else was really very good.

Paul B.
1 review so far 5
14.04.2017 03:06

Excellent staff and welcome and lovely food. However, about 35/40 minutes wait from ordering to receiving the main course. Having read previous reviews which said the same we were prepared for the delay and appreciate when food is prepared and cooked from fresh. They just need to let customers know that there is about a 30 minute delay. No delay in desserts arriving, had sticky toffee pud, which was excellent.

Gavin G.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 20:28

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
16.01.2017 02:40

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.

Andrew L.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 03:41

Lovely place. Nice and warm, excellent staff. Great for romantic evening or evening with friends. Lovely food. Did have to wait a long while for our main meal but it was a Saturday evening and very very busy. Food cooked fresh. Waitress very attentive. Well done all. We will be back

Marie L.
1 review so far 4
25.03.2017 20:09

We booked for Friday lunchtime1pm . We arrived at 12.40 approx. After a warm welcome & drinks order taken promptly we went to our table just turned 1 pm. Orders were taken promptly - but we then had a long wait for our starter & again for our main course. Fortunately the food was excellent so we will return. Perhaps the day was busier than expected or staffing issues of which we are unaware.

Richard r.
1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 04:22

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.

John S.
1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 03:29

Excellent menu with very good food. Lovely service though the food took a while to arrive. Highly recommended. The pub had parking and very convivial tables inside and out. The greenhouse was too warm even in March on a sunny day. Lovely village too.

Trevor C.
2 reviews so far 5
11.03.2017 21:52

We had booked a table for 12.45 and arrived about 12.20 - no problem , the table was ready. The food and service were very good , as usual. This is one of our favourite places for taking my elderly Mum for lunch and we will definitely be going back again .

Jordan S.
4 reviews so far 6
05.02.2017 06:45

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 04:40

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

Sue E.
3 reviews so far 5
19.04.2017 18:13

This is a lovely old building which retains many original features. The food is really good and the restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The staff are always pleasant and helpful. We have dined there several times and it never fails to please.

Hayley N.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 06:21

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 20:53

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

Jackie S.
4 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 17:52

Had the aged sirloin steak with a peppercorn sauce and it was absolutely gorgeous. The atmosphere in the pub was friendly and very busy. All in all a great night out. Will return.

Rod H.
2 reviews so far 6
11.03.2017 09:49

Tye Malt Shovel is very friendly, well priced and provides very good food and ales. It serves a good non alcoholic lager, which all should do. All in all a quality inn.

Mike P.
1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 09:55

Fantastic service and the food was amazing, it was the best steak sandwich I have ever eaten, really nice resturant and we sat next to a lovely fire to keep us warm.

Sylvia Hickling H.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 04:08

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.

Brian A.
1 review so far 5
08.04.2017 22:48

A good meal with very pleasant staff in a pub which we hadn't visited for many years. Unfortunately the menu shown on the web site was quite different from what was on offer at the Malt Shovel

Lucy B.
1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 02:12

Lovely little pub, hidden away. Food was beautiful, and service was great. It was busy, but the staff were still very attentive, and the food was defiantly worth the wait!

Louise b.
1 review so far 5
15.04.2017 09:25

Lovely food good service nice atmosphere - will go again. Very loud people on table next to us but you can't have everything! Very nice experience apart from that and good value - especially set menu

Jan T.
1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 01:44

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 06:31

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.

Simon L.
1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 04:05

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

Oliver B.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 19:09

Fantastic food and the waiters were extremely attentive even to the point of remembering us from May 16 and what wine we had to drink which was extremely impressive !

Andrew B.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 06:22

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

Malcolm C.
1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 07:45

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.

Susan B.
1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 01:40

Wonderful! Great, friendly staff, great Sunday lunch and gorgeous surroundings. Historic pub in a quaint village. Good portions but that meant we we're too full for pudding-the only downside....

Clive R.
5 reviews so far 6
28.02.2017 18:51

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😊

Ron M.
1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 03:28

We were kept waiting due to large party in adjoining room however we were given complimentary drinks and coffee which was appreciated. Otherwise food and service very good and would recommend to others.

Leanne P.
1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 01:52

Had a fantastic meal and everything came without any hick ups. Lovely place! Only down fall was the beef as I thought it was a bit fatty. But everything else was spot on!

Nick S.
1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 07:57

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 20:59

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.

Dale M.
1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 01:29

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.

Sarah R.
1 review so far 5
22.04.2017 16:35

The food was excellent and the beer very good, but the service was very slow. The toilets are in desperate need of attention and cleaning. Overall we had had a great evening.

Dan T.
3 reviews so far 6
23.12.2016 10:11

Great food, great service in a relaxed environment. This is the fifth visit and every time we gave a great experience and can't wait to return.

natalie h.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 03:24

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.

Michael H.
2 reviews so far 6
27.02.2017 05:10

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.

Sandra D.
2 reviews so far 6
02.02.2017 07:17

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 20:53

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

matthew h.
1 review so far 3
13.04.2017 16:31

Waited 50 minutes for out main course. Of 2 table bookings we should have been given priority over walk in customers. Three meals were excellent but 2 were bland. We were given discount which was appreciated. Just disapointed as it was a special day and businesses should prepare for upsurge in footfall.

Simon D.
1 review so far 5
23.12.2016 02:51

Very small bar but lovely village pub. Do book. The website is really informative with 2 nice country walks which like any good one - end back up at a pub!