|Half Moon Inn, Acklam|
Acklam is a small village which sits on the western edge of the wolds occupying a small ridge halfway down the slope. Steep climbs in to and out of the village ensure that anyone cycling or walking to this pub would have certainly earned their refreshments.
When we arrived at about 7.30 the pub was quiet with a few locals at the bar and a couple of tables of diners but soon after we arrived the pub started to fill up. On entering you stepped straight in to the large bar which also serves as the main dining area. The bar area was pleasant, clean and tidy. It didn't contain the vast selection of memorabilia, bits and pieces and assorted junk that is often found in many places today. Most tables were dining tables but we settled on a low corner table with armchairs.
A selection of beers were on offer and I opted for a pint of "Guzzler" brewed by York Brewery which was light and fresh and certainly as the name suggests you could guzzle a few. To support local brewers I always try to drink a locally brewed beer rather than a mass market offering. The food on offer was no frills pub food with the menu offering Steak, Scampi, Gammon, Homemade Steak and Ale Pie and the like. I settled on the Pie and my partner had Scampi. The food soon appeared. The pie was good with a thick pastry crust, large chunks of steak and a tasty gravy. The Scampi was served with a freshly made salad in addition to the Chips and well cooked vegetables. I still had room for more and asked for the dessert menu. Traditional puddings were on offer and I selected Apple and Raspberry Pie served with Cream. A generous slice of pie soon arrived and I made short work of cleaning my plate of this tasty offering. All the food was served quickly and efficiently by friendly staff.
The Half Moon Inn falls in to the category of traditional village pub. Fine dining it was not but the food served was well made and tasty and the Beer was very drinkable. If we need refreshment when visiting this part of the wolds in the future then the Half Moon will be on the list.