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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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113 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 113 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
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Aaron P.
1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 07:24

Outstanding food (BBQ rib starter, Chicken Saltimbocca main), reasonable prices, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff. Overall, a great place for a relaxed night out with friends.

Tony S.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 19:03

Super personal service fantastic food have booked to go again you won't find better food and presentation locally .can't say good enough comments about this lovely quaint local public house

ivor i.
1 review so far 6
14.08.2017 02:38

superb food and excellent service will be going more often our french visitors were really impressed one of our friends is a chef in paris and he was also impressed with the menus

Bill H.
4 reviews so far 6
13.08.2017 02:17

This lunch was a celebratory one for us! It was wonderful. Interesting wine list , delicious starters, queen ie scallops, crayfish with avocado. The main courses were just the thing for a summer lunch, Whitby crab salad. Just to ensure that we would be utterly replete, deserts, rhubarb crumble and a totally Devine lemon posset, double espressos.........and a long, long walk with the dog! Return visit? You bet, on my birthday!

BEVERLEY T.
9 reviews so far 6
01.08.2017 21:41

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.
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!!!

Charles M.
1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 23:34

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.
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.

Bill H.
4 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.

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.

John D.
1 review so far 4
04.07.2017 17:48

Starter of crayfish salad/ cocktail was average but my wife enjoyed the fishcakes. Mains were tasty but for those with a medium sized appetite suggest that additional side orders of vegetables are ordered. Cheapest bottle of wine was more than £19. House wines in other restaurants in the area are circa £16. The service, look and feel of the place and atmosphere were good although I would think that tables near the entrance would be cold from a draft when the door is opened in winter. Overall reasonable value but not the best in the area - we are likely to visit again.

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.

Sheila K.
1 review so far 5
30.07.2017 18:56

The food was superb unfortunately our main courses were delayed by the arrival of a large celebration party whose food [obviously already booked] took precedence. The only other disappointment was the position of our table which was close to the bar and near the constant stream of the waitresses and the party goers replenishing their drinks. Not the best position to celebrate my sister's 90th birthday. Having said that, we enjoyed the meal and the staff were very pleasant.

Bart B.
1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 00:30

Nice, quiet ambiance, simple food cooked really well and excellent service. Having been weekly regulars perhaps 20 years ago or so, we came full circle and returned, to an upgraded village pub, well cooked food again at a reasonable price and a warm welcome. Managers, please respect and appreciate your staff! They may prove to be invaluable. Many thanks, Bart Blok

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.

neil w.
1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 06:40

Every thing was very good as soon as we walked in we were made to feel so special .The staff were very good and were very patient with my elderly mother .All the meals we ordered we're fantastic the best for me was the deviled kidneys.Thanks to everyone for a wonderful evening.

Howard C.
1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 02:51

Excellent. good food. great service. nice atmosphere. couldn't be better.. I would certainly recommend The Malt Shovel to anybody and we will definitely be going back.

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.

Jeremy H.
1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 05:25

Not been for a few months but still great varied good choice and good service. Friendly and nice atmosphere as always. Food was excellent super steak and my wife was lucky enough to get the lobster Thermidor which she'd highly recommend. Prices reasonable given quality and choice highly recommended.

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.

Kirsty C.
4 reviews so far 4
28.05.2017 17:30

One of my fav local spots and food was amazing as usual. Staff were friendly and nice although not the usual team. Only complaint was that the service was extremely slow, slowest I've ever had and it wasn't as good as my previous experiences which have always been 6/6 so just a watch out that your exceptional standards don't slip! Thanks again for a great evening though. K

janice c.
1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 19:45

The food was brilliant. Tasted wonderful. Service was good and the atmosphere wonderful, particularly the log fire. Even when full it didn't seem full as the tables are nicely spaced out. Brought two American friends along and they too enjoyed the experience and the food.

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 .

Rod H.
3 reviews so far 5
15.07.2017 06:50

Good food and friendly service. The Malt Shovel is consistent whether menu or specials with enjoyable wines. Gluten free and non alcoholic beer available. Recommended.

Jordan K.
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.

Allan H.
1 review so far 5
15.08.2017 07:59

Good food at reasonable price Nice menu choices, best Sunday lunch no rush relaxed dining, couple of good ales and Spanish white wine was of reasonable value. Nice location for a great walk just got back before closing at 6 little disappointing could have stayed all night

Michael P.
1 review so far 6
07.08.2017 01:43

Lovely relaxed atmosphere with unobtrusive but friendly smiling staff. Excellent Sunday Roast Beef but too much on the plate- would have preferred vegetables served separately!! Would definitely come here again as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.

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.

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.

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

Rod H.
3 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 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.

David O.
2 reviews so far 6
03.07.2017 05:57

Excellent service and food. Efficient and timelt service . Lovely interior and atmosphere. Will is a first rate manager, who I have long experience of over a number of local eateries.

Brian A.
2 reviews 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

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.

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

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

Simon L.
2 reviews 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 !

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!

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.