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The Goodmanham Arms
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SMALL book landed on my desk a few weeks ago, and it instantly caught my eye. It was a pocket guide to pub walks around East Yorkshire, a part of the world I’ve grown increasingly fond of.
Pubbing and walking are two of my favourite things so, before long, I was scouring bus timetables, plotting possible excursions and trying to wangle a day off work at short notice, preferably without rain.
As luck would have it, I struck gold and the Wolds were basking in sunshine as I arrived in the little village of Goodmanham, near Market Weighton.
Permit me a short digression here, because Goodmanham has a colourful history, particularly relevant to York. The village is one of England’s oldest religious sites, the focal point for paganism in northern England until the seventh century.
In 627AD however, very near here, King Edwin converted to Christianity and promptly oversaw the pagan shrine’s destruction, travelled to York and ordered the building of a certain stone church that became known as York Minster. So you see: no Goodmanham; no York as we know it.
The 12th-century church here is worth a look if you have time, but my priority on this occasion was the altogether humbler building opposite it – a brilliant little pub called The Goodmanham Arms.
Imagine a beer festival being held in an antiques shop, and you might begin to get an idea of what to expect here. It’s a magical place, a captivating treasure trove blessed with bric-a-brac, good cheer and seven splendid ales - six of them at £2.50 a pint and Theakston’s Old Peculier at £2.85.
On my visit, there were beers from Hambleton, Theakston, the Hop Studio, Wold Top and Great Newsome among others and all were in excellent condition - my Hop Studio Blonde was a beautiful, summery, fruity pint, much appreciated after the walk.
Truth be told though, I spent as much time looking at what was around the bar as what was on it.
There’s a motorbike and a piano in the corridor, an accordion on the wall, skis on the ceiling and toy cars on the mantelpiece, not to mention bottles and binoculars, scales and swords, a grandfather clock and more.
You could come here week after week, I imagine, and still spot something new on every visit. I-Spy enthusiasts would be in their element.
Vito and Abbie Logozzi have worked wonders since moving here two years ago, introducing a creative and impressive Anglo- Italian menu, and turning the pub into a Camra award-winner locally.
Our picture editor ventured out to photograph it on Thursday, and returned gob-smacked at how busy, buzzing and generally brilliant it was.
Abbie says the pub was open only sporadically when they took over, but they’ve redecorated, opened all day every day and turned it around.
They’re far from finished though. The pub website outlines plans for a museum in an outbuilding, but more imminent is the birth of the pub’s own brewery.
Abbie is putting the finishing touches to some recipes and says the first beers should be flowing within weeks.
Once that happens, and once word spreads, the good people of Goodmanham might just find themselves welcoming a few more pilgrims over the coming months.
Pocket Pub Walks in East Yorkshire, by Sally Burnard, includes 15 routes ranging from two and a half to six and a half miles.
By Gavin Aitchison The Press
York Sunday 17 February 2013
Owners Abbie and Vito Loggozi have a craft brewery out the back and guest beers that rotate weekly.
In one of three linking rooms is a magnificent range on which they do the cooking. Old-fashioned and timeless, their welcome is second to none
Lunching in the shade
Glorious day, sitting in the shade outside with flowers around. Ordered ham and beef sandwiches. My beef was melt in the mouth delicious and friends' ham likewise. A hearty plateful with side salad, good bread and top notch drinks followed by coffee. Great value, great service, just right.
Great traditional pub.
Can't comment on the food as we only stopped by for drinks at the end of a days walking and what a lovely pub. Very very traditional interior which really impressed on first sight. An excellent selection of ales and gins and a nice but small garden and 'yard' area. Thought this was a superb pub, we enjoyed all our beers and gins! Wish it was more local to us.
Excellent Pub, Excellent Food, Excellent Staff
We found this pub a few weeks ago and now go every week either for lunch or for their wonderful pie or steak night on Monday evenings. The pub is only open for lunches generally apart from the 'special' evenings which are clear on their website. It is definitely worth trying, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
The staff are always busy but they have always been pleasant and very accommodating. Those reviewers that complain of the cleanliness are unlikely to have even been to the pub, however, for anyone reading this, it is a traditional olde worlde country pub, the type that we used to see in years gone by, the type we loved and miss.
If you don't want this and prefer to pay through the nose for food that is half the quality, then go elsewhere and leave this gem for the rest of us. We will continue to be one of the many growing customers of the Goodmanham Arms.
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THREE pubs in the region are raising glasses after receiving awards from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).
The Goodmanham Arms has been named East Yorkshire Village Pub of the Year, The Green Dragon in Beverley took the title of East Yorkshire Town Pub and The Wellington Inn was named Hull Pub of the Year.
Five pubs were nominated for each category as part of the Camra Hull and East Yorkshire awards.
Vito Logozzi, landlord of the Goodmanham Arms in Goodmanham, near Market Weighton, said: "We are really pleased to have won the award as a little country pub.
A panel of judges visited each pub, scoring them for the quality of real ale, community focus, atmosphere, campaigning, style/decor, service and welcome and value for money.
"In our pub, you go back in time and Camra seems to like it. It's traditional and the prices are reasonable. It is a good family pub."
Vito runs the pub with his wife Abbie. After moving to England at the age 19, the Italian fell in love with the tradition of the village pub and has been running the Goodmanham Arms for three years.
The free house also has its own micro-brewery run by Abbie.
Vito said: "We are always looking to add things. I am looking at planning permission for a motorbike museum with bikes from the 1920s and 1930s."