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Beer of the Week (w/e 26th June 2022) with Wittenden on the Pub Forum

The Sun, Pickering

136 Westgate
Pickering
YO18 8BA
Phone: 01751473661

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Sun

Stopped off in this well-regarded ale house on one of the main roads into Pickering, looking for some warmth and shelter having just received an absolute soaking whilst walking around the nearby Rosedale Chimney Bank. The pub has a simple two room layout, with the bar to the left and a separate seating/dining area through a door to the right. You enter into the main bar which has bare floorboards, half height tongue and groove wall panels and plain painted uppers that have been liberally decorated with old pump clips, CAMRA certificates, beer trays, brewery mirrors and other such interesting bits of breweriana. Nice fireplaces stand proudly at each end of the room, topped with Toby jugs, carriage clocks and the like, whilst he window sills are full of various empty spirit bottles. Seating comprises pews along the front and right-hand walls, supplemented by low stools and a few standard tables and chairs. The bar is in the rear left corner and has an attractive curved counter with a modern wood panelled front and simple bar back lined with a bank note collection. Moving through to the right-hand room, you find yourself in a smart space with pleasant modern floorboards, plenty of table and chair seating and another nice stone fireplace. Most walls have the same half-panelled set-up as the main bar, but side of the room has nice exposed stone, which catches the eye. Walls are decorated with paintings from local artist and there is an impressive high gabled ceiling. A collection of board games can be found in a shelving unit to the rear and we ended up playing an epic game of Scrabble as out clothes slowly drip-dried. To the rear there’s a nice looking grassy beer garden, looking a little less appealing in the pouring rain than it otherwise might have, and there was background music playing throughout the pub, but at a level that was quiet enough that I couldn’t really make out what song was playing.
We were greeted by a very jovial landlady who presided over a good selection of relatively local ales – Settle Ernie’s Milk Stout, Daleside Blonde, Tetleys Cask, Taylors Landlord, Bradfield Farmers Blueberry Ale and Wensleydale Beacon. My pint of the latter was in excellent condition, whilst the other half ordered an apple juice which she was given for free due to them not having enough to quite fill the glass, which was a very generous touch.
I really loved this place and thought it was an excellent example of Yorkshire hospitality at its best. It’s a comfortable place to settle down for a session, enjoying the well-kept selection of Yorkshire beer, enhanced by a cosy feel and some top-notch service. One of the highlights of our trip to North Yorkshire – this is worth making a bit of effort to seek out.

On 12th November 2021 - rating: 9
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Old Boots left this review about The Sun

An internally modernised but still nice looking GBG listed pub. Lowish ceiling and plain walls adorned with many Camra awards, beams festooned with pump clips and there’s a plethora of Tetleys memorabilia. Six pulls of mostly Yorkshire beers in decent nick. Two rooms side by side, there's no counter in the right hand room and you need to pass through there to reach the gents which although not outside is across an open passageway leading to the back garden. The facilities by the way are immaculatly kept. The service however is more local oriented if you know what I mean.

On 17th November 2019 - no rating submitted
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Will Larter left this review about The Sun

I'm not sure what prompted the previous three reviewers to add their comments to this site, but as a genuine pub-goer and regular reviewer on this site I have to say I thought it was really very good indeed.

It's a lovely old building in local stone and looks an absolute picture. I entered from the garden at the back of the pub, because that's where the bicycle parking is situated (oh yes) and found my way through to the main bar room at the front, where there are six hand pumps, offering a variety of beers from Yorkshire breweries plus ex-Yorkshire Tetleys Bitter (see photos). Tetleys trays compete for space on the walls and ceiling with a multitude of pump clips - the latter are winning. This pub is in the Good Beer Guide and wins awards from local Camra, not to mention Yorkshire Pub of the Year Runner Up 2015.

I went for the Helmsley Yorkshire Legend, which was absolutely spot on - a fine example of a well-balanced beer in perfect condition. The landlord was happy to be engaged in conversation about what a pleasure it is to come across a beer like that, and why can't I find any in Sheffield (with a few exceptions, to be fair). Regrettably I had to cycle a further six miles so only stayed for a half, but will be back when next in the area.

On 2nd September 2017 - rating: 9
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Joanna Dodd left this review about The Sun Inn

I was greated with a lovely warm welcome from the owners, staff and locals when I visited the Sun Inn for the first time quite recently. There was some great live music on as there always seems to be on a Sunday and excellent choice in wines and ales. If you haven't been before, give it a try and if you have n didnt have a good time it must have been before the new management took over. One n All need to get down to the Sun Inn.x

On 24th June 2011 - rating: 10
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sharon allanson left this review about The Sun Inn

The pub just keeps getting better... a dedicated tetleys and leeds pump then three guest real ales all from yorkshire! Its family, dog and smoker friendly n they have loads of activities going on.. weekly sunday afternoon gigs in the HUGE beer garden, petanque courts, quizes, jam sessions, vinyl nights, wine tastings n meet the brewer nights to name a few. Theres even a local guy who bakes bread with the beer ullage ands sells it in the pub for charity.... what more could u ask, beer bread and friendly people to talk to.... fab!

On 24th June 2011 - rating: 10
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Simon Hicks left this review about The Sun Inn

New owners took over mid2010. Great improvement. Tetley Cask always available plus up to 3 yorkshire ales of varying styles. Welcoming to strangers who behave.

On 8th September 2010 - rating: 7
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