The Inn at Hawnby, formerly a Drovers Inn dating back to the 19th century, is in an idyllic setting, set on top of the hill of this picturesque village, in the Heart of the North York Moors National Parks.
The owners, Kathryn and Dave Young, are just delighted that all the hard work and dedication is being recognised with their recent awards, the AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, and AA Yellow star, which puts them in the ranking of one of the top 10 Inns in the Country.
They are thrilled to also be finalists in The Moors & Coast Tourism Awards in the following categories, ‘Taste of Yorkshire’, ‘Pub of the Year’ and best Web Site. The awards ceremony will be held at the Scarborough Spa, on 25 November.
Kathryn and Dave have found themselves a winning formula. With Kathryn as the lynch-pin and overseeing the running of the day-to-day business, and Dave, the perfect ‘Mine Host’, their team work alongside them to make sure that every visitor is equally important, and made to feel welcome and at home.
Kathryn feels it’s all about team work, ‘When you’ve got the right people on board, it becomes a team effort, and we’ve built our success on this. We all have the same expectations and standards, it’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.
‘We feel it’s all about giving, in our attitude and approach, to all our visitors and guests.” She said.
Well travelled Chef, Andrew Holt, originally from Scarborough, has had the pleasure of creating a fantastic menu and producing truly good English food with a refreshing approach. He is totally at home at the Inn at Hawnby, finding the abundance of local food and produce on hand is a good chef’s dream!
‘I work on the principles of using the best of everything that is around me, and marrying tastes and textures into my ever changing menu. I like to be flexible to what I might use from one day to the next, to ensure that the seasonality and local influence of the food is embraced.” said Andrew. ‘Our Pastry Chef, Gill Cox, has that special touch, the desserts are mouth-wateringly good, and round off the meal perfectly.” He added.
Andrew is always keen to use local producers and suppliers, and has a great support network, with the fruit and vegetables coming from the Walled Garden at Ravensthorpe Manor, Boltby, and Hambletons of Thirsk, local meats from Wainds of Kirbymoorside, and Holme Farmed Venison, and Fish from Hodgsons of Hartlepool.
Kathryn summed it all up by saying: ‘It is certainly a celebration time for us. And we will continue to make it an enjoyable and relaxing experience for our guests, from the welcome they receive, to the wonderful local produce and food we provide, and the whole ambience here – it’s the heart and soul of what we do at the Inn at Hawnby”.