People loved our fabulous lockdown takeaways. Here’s what Mark had to say: “The lunch was excellent thank you, the beef was superb!”
GC was also impressed: “Just to say the last Sunday lunch was out of this world, and the beef was beyond divine. I also must say the fish pie was exceptional…….so flipping delicious!”
Andy’s family loved it too: “Just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the meal you delivered for Andy’s birthday. The main in particular was so tasty it really felt like we were having something special so it really made his birthday. He was over the moon when I told him what he was having and the wrapped box was a really lovely touch. We look forward to a time when we can come and eat at your place!”
April 2021: 48 five-star reviews to date on TripAdvisor
This from ‘Quiggers81’: “We live relatively locally and attempted to go the Hovingham Inn back in March. Due to Covid, we had to cancel. Tonight and then last month, we finally made our first visit. We are already certain regulars! The Sunday lunch is great quality – with top quality meat and amazing gravy. We have also had the supper menu. The steak and chips was great quality and the fish and risotto was superb. This is a much better restaurant than your typical country pub – the food is well worth the extra investment.” For more TripAdvisor reviews, or to leave your own review, please follow this link!
August 2020: Five-star reviews to date on Harden’s
This from ‘Gary S’: “”This was my wife and myself’s first visit to the Hovingham’s for Sunday lunch, it most certainly won’t be the last, If there is a better Sunday lunch in East/ North Yorkshire we are yet to find it.” For more Harden’s reviews, or to leave your own, please follow this link!
01/06/2020 – YORKSHIRE POST “Chef profile – Richard Johns of the Hovingham Inn”
“No one ever claimed running a small independent restaurant was easy, but few can have had quite such a bumpy ride as chef Richard Johns and his wife Lindsey who last July took on the Hovingham Inn, in Hovingham, North Yorkshire.“ To read the complete article, please follow this link.
14/02/2020 – THE TIMES “The 30 Best Places for a Perfect Pub Lunch”
“The lunch menu is full of classic and comforting dishes with a few modern twists here and there, including home-made sausage roll with crisp black-pudding bonbons, and roast free-range chicken with creamed wild mushrooms and triple-cooked chips.” To read the full article, follow this link (subscription only).
03/2020 – YORKSHIRE LIVING “Much loved classics with a twist”
“The Hovingham is the opportunity we have been waiting for, for such a long time, having long believed our style and personalities are very well suited to a pub environment. We are very excited about the future here and offer something that is a little bit different to our customers.” To read the full article, please follow this link.
23/11/2019 – YORK PRESS “A hearty Home from Home”
“The food was every bit the equal of what you’d get in a top York restaurant – and the setting and beaming welcome were second to none. A real winner.” To read the full article, please follow this link.
28/09/2019 – YORKSHIRE POST “Straightforward food [done] very well” 90% overall ranking
“There’s only a good handful of chefs in Yorkshire who have stood the test of time and all the changing fads and fancies yet continue to cook great food, food that people want to eat. It is an even rarer gem if the chef has their partner supporting them out front, a role key to the success of any restaurant business.” To read the complete article, please follow this link.
23/08/2019 – GAZETTE & HERALD “Hovingham Inn, formerly Malt Shovel opens with new look”
“A pub has reopened with a new name following a major refurbishment. The Hovingham Inn, formerly known as the Malt Shovel, in Hovingham, has undergone a seven-month refurbishment and was reopened by Sir William and Lady Marie-Noelle Worsley of Hovingham Estates.” To read the complete article, please follow this link.
21/08/2019 – THE STAFF CANTEEN “How to Open Your Own Restaurant”
“Opening a restaurant is tough. Anyone who has done it will tell you that. But what happens once you’re open? How do you set your business up for the long haul? We asked industry veterans Simon Bonwick, Richard Johns, Michel Roux Jr and Sat Bains how they’ve managed to keep their restaurants open for as long as they have – and what they’ve learnt along the way.” To read the complete article, please follow this link.
14/08/2019 – YORK PRESS “Hovingham Pub reopens after £500k makeover”
“A pub near York has reopened with a new name following a significant refurbishment. The Hovingham Inn, formerly known as the Malt Shovel, in Main Street, the Ryedale village of Hovingham has undergone a seven-month refurbishment and was reopened last month by Sir William and Lady Marie-Noelle Worsley of Hovingham Estates.” To read the complete article, please follow this link.