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The Malt Shovel

Main Street, Hovingham YO62 4LF, England
+44 1653 628264
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
3 weeks ago
“Good tradiional food, great chips!”
2 Dec 2016
“Very nice meal and hospitality”
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Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
Main Street, Hovingham YO62 4LF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Yorkshire Aboretum at Castle Howard with a group of lifelong friends. Stunning area. Well worth a visit. They also do electric all terrain buggies for those less mobile. Then to Hovingham for a pub lunch at the Malt Shovel. Last visited 3 years ago,...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited mid-week as a group of 8 retired colleagues who meet up every few months. The group have met here for a few years and the pub seemed to have a more positive feel than recent past. We had called ahead to ensure we...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Nunnington hall and called in here for lunch. Huge portions at a reasonable price. Staff attentive and a nice setting. Highly recommend. What your head though as I bumped mine on a low beam ( but nice features)

1  Thank Richard W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very traditional pub, had spent ages in the area looking for somewhere open for a late lunch and this was open. Good pub menu with light meals, sandwiches etc at reasonabe prices, the chips were very good.

1  Thank 362jeff
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This pub has had mixed fortunes over the years, but all that has changed since Martin became landlord. He's made many changes and perhaps this is why it was getting busy in there. We've already been in a few times for a drink, but today...More

2  Thank Gourmet G
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Eaten two good meals here this week. If you're looking for fine dining, this is not your pub. If you want somewhere where the food brings a warm smile and relaxation, and the staff are friendly and thoughtful, this is it. I'd strongly recommend it...More

1  Thank amberlight9
Reviewed 1 March 2017

great place if visiting Hovingham. whilst staying at the Worsley Arms for a few nights, which by the way has a super restaurant, we decided to have a drink and eat at the nearby Malt Shovel. The beer and food were excellent quality and value...More

1  Thank Graeme B
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing!!! We had planned a long dog walk and this hidden gem of a pub was at the half way point (5 miles of 10). Amazing food and fantastic beer. I had the steak pie with mash and veg, Julie had the gammon. Both cooked...More

2  Thank Richie C
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We live in a village about 5 mins from Hovingham, but amazingly never been to the Malt Shovel before. We decided to go out for Sunday lunch and what a great decision it was. The food was of very high standard, plenty of it, tasted...More

1  Thank YorkshireLass67
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We had an evening meal here whilst staying in a nearby hotel. Despite it being a Saturday night we were the only diners but the menu was extensive and we were well looked after by the new hosts of this lovely village pub. The food...More

Thank trelynn
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
is it dog friendly
25 April 2016|
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Response from Wendy T | Reviewed this property |
yes there were walkers in with their dogs
Are you sure you went to the same pub? Was it temporary staff?When we went really welcomed and well cooked meals. Yes menu choice a little limited but something for everyone.
7 August 2015|
Response from Wendy T | Reviewed this property |
yes l am sure it was cold only one staff and husband cooking my husband knew them as he played darts there against them not for them the food was only just to say warm. will not be going back don't understand how they got... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Hovingham YO62 4LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Hovingham
  • Phone Number: +44 1653 628264
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