“ Cherry Tree Avenue, Newton on Ouse, York YO6 2BN. Tel: +44(0)1347 848249. „
THE Blacksmith’s Arms at Newton on Ouse is a traditional village pub that boasts an excellent Italian Restaurant. It is situated a few miles north of York, off the A19. The pub serves Cameron’s Ales, but also has a guest ale that changes on a regular basis. There is a restaurant wine list available with a dozen or more wines. Children are welcome to eat in the restaurant before 9 p.m. Unfortunately there is no garden, the area to the rear of the pub being used as a car park. Six different starters are available, from the ubiquitous Garlic Mushrooms and Prawn Cocktail to Mushroom Napolitana and Vegetable Samosa. All are priced between £2-£3. For main course there are 41 different varieties of Pizza on offer. All are available in 10 or 12 inch versions, either deep pan or thin and crispy. All pizzas are made fresh to order and the 12 inch versions require a very big appetite. Prices range from £4-£7. There are 8 Pasta dishes available, the Spaghetti Carbonara, with butter, mushrooms, onion, cream, wine, bacon and Parmesan cheese is excellent and comes with a salad (which included a strawberry in January!) and chips. Other Pasta dishes included the usual Spaghetti Bolognaise, Vegetarian Lasagne going to the more exotic Spagetti Aglio E Pompodori which is quite hot. Pasta dishes are all around the £5 mark. Specialities include the excellent Escalope Zacharoff, Pork Fillet coated in breadcrumbs topped with mushrooms, onion, wine, tomato, cream sauce and garlic; Chicken Kiev, Moussaka and Chicken a la Crème. Gammon and various steaks are available for those who prefer English fare. Specialities are priced at around £6, rising to £12 for a 14oz Fillet Steak. Five different salads are served, several different types of burger as well as three sizes of Doner Kebab. Overall, the quality of the food is equal to, or better than, some speciality Italian Restaurants and the country pub atmosphere
can be less daunting for people with small children. I would recommend booking a table in advance if you don’t want to be kept waiting, as the restaurant is very popular. The telephone number for bookings is 01347 848249.