Just a stroll from Masham’s lovely old market town centre, this splendid hostelry is something of a local showpiece, with gleaming oak floors, roaring fires & a cosy tap room. Check out the vast vases of fresh flowers, the smartly upholstered, comfy furniture & the modern menu, which is pitched a couple of notches above standard pub grub. To begin, try warm black pudding with a poached egg, crispy bacon & homemade tomato sauce, before sampling a mixed seafood kebab (king prawns, salmon & monkfish) with vegetables in a creamy dill sauce or braised lamb steak in mint & red wine gravy. If you still have room, desserts such as chocolate torte or lemon crème brûlée beckon. Drink Theakston’s beer or dip into the very reasonable wine list.