Review on The Anvil Inn

The village of Sawdon is on the edge of Wykeham Forest with its stunning viewpoint over Dalby Dale, it is well placed base to visit York and the Dinosaur Coast, the resort town of Scarborough or simply enjoy local walks and a pint in the bar at The Anvil Inn, the old blacksmith's workshop dating from the 1700s. There's lots of exposed stonework and a wood floor in the bar, a comfortable, elegant dining room, a cosy wood burner for chilly evenings and candlelit antique tables which all helps to create a relaxed atmosphere.

The restaurant is small and intimate, Mark Wilson mans the stoves and he sources his supplies as nearby as possible pulling in game from Dalby Forrest, locally farmed beef and pork, fish is tip top being so close to the coast and even the occasional "present" from the village finds its way onto the menu.

Sunday lunch is an ever popular event at The Anvil kicking off with perhaps salad of Orkney herrings in a Madeira marinade and then prime roast topside of Wilton beef, Yorkshire pudding & gravy before rounding off with steamed apricot, pecan & toffee sponge with custard. Retire to the lounge and stretch out on the sofa in front of another log fire!

The Anvil Inn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide

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Modern European


Mark Wilson

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Sat & Sun
Dinner: 5.00 - 8.00pm Wed-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

Online Booking Availability for The Anvil Inn

Facilities at The Anvil Inn

  • Childrens menu
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 30 covers
  • Family Friendly


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Anvil Inn
Main Street
North Yorkshire
YO13 9DY

Customer Ratings on The Anvil Inn

1.8  / 5

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  • avatar
    October 2017

    10 people found this review helpful

    Found out it had changed hands after we had booked.
    The menu is small and some strange starter combinations. We had one steak which was rather tough, had to ask for steak knives. The trio of pork consisted of half a tasteless sausage a piece of fatty pork and a spoonful of what we think was pulled pork. This came with vegetable s but no type of Potato.
    The sweets are very poor never had creme brle with a dollop of sorbet on top, the sorbet over powered the tasteless creme Brle. The apple tart was very cold and dry.
    We would have liked coffee but the young waitress was like a robot and clearly needs some training, and never asked us if we wanted any.
    This pub used to be popular with locals and holiday makers,, a lot of work is needed to bring it up to the standard we are all used to.

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