The Wombwell Arms, Wass, for years was occupied by Ian and Eunice Walker offering a mix of traditional British fare with some South African flavours, homely rooms, Timothy Taylor’s on tap, Purdy the cat, an open fire and a warm welcome. This summer the Walkers have hung up their bar towel and passed the good ship Wombwell to Robert and Gillian Thompson of popular nearby pub, The White Swan in Ampleforth.
By the time the Thompsons took over the Swan in 2003, Robert had already established himself a reputation as the best chef in the area. Loyal customers followed and he gained more in the in 13 years at the helm in the White Swan. Now at the Stapylton Arms, the same faces are appearing in Wass. The day we visited, a couple had driven a 100-mile round trip from Beverly for lunch.
After a speedy six-week period of renovation, the doors opened to the public in July. Renamed the Stapylton Arms, in honour of the historic MP who acquired the land for hunting and built the pub for a post-shoot pint. The facelift opens up the previously enclosed dining area, (don’t fear, your route to the bar will be exactly the same!). White tablecloths throughout signify the Stapylton as a destination for food rather than being just the local boozer.
You can rely on a menu close to the White Swan’s classics including the biggest portion of battered fresh fish and chips you could want, salmon supreme and pork medallions. Sandwiches, salads and soup will also be available for a lighter lunchtime bite. This fresh start is an opportunity for exciting additions to the menu, so keep your eyes peeled for some new favourites.
Located on the edge of the scenic North Yorks Moors, The Stapylton Arms will be an excellent destination for a day out, visiting Byland Abbey or the cliffside white horse, Kilburn this summer. Pay a visit while this good weather lasts!