Wheatsheaf, The

Bar, Eatery

Main Road, Selby
Burn, England, YO8 8LJ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1757 270614 | map

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Set in the pastoral flat landscape of North Yorkshire, the remotely situated bucolic Brown Cow Brewery in Barlow is shadowed from a distance by Europe’s largest Coal Fired Power Station, but not even that can detract from the beauty of the surrounding area when the sun is shining and the birds are singing, as it was on my visit. After a tour of the Brewery with the Brewster Susan Simpson, it was time to sample some of the Brown Cow beers, and the nearby Wheatsheaf situated on the A19, a few miles South of Selby, in the village of Burn was just the place to do it.

With its swinging sign, hanging baskets filled with colorful flowers, red brick and whitewashed half timbered gabled frontage, the Wheatsheaf exudes the classic roadside Pub presence. Ample parking is available to the right hand side of the Pub, this is where my Chauffeur for the day, the infamous Barry “the Mad Axeman” Smith, parked the unofficial Tigertops Brewery Van. A centrally located entrance opens into a corridor that leads to the bar, cleverly situated in the far back left hand corner, seemingly just big enough for two people to work behind. To the left, there is a room which has a Pool Table, though of more interest to Barry and I was the superb collection of aeronautical memorabilia, much of it related to the WW2 activities of the Royal Air Force when situated at Burn. There are many of those over-length sepia photographs depicting the assembled members of 578 Squadron from times past, as well as colorful prints & paintings of the Lancaster and Halifax Bombers that were flown from the nearby airbase. The RAF Bomber Crews of 578 Squadron were frequent visitors here it seems, in fact the collection is often visited during reunions and by family members of those that served here. A monument across the road is dedicated to the 219 Airman that died whilst serving at RAF Burn, many of whom no doubt sampled a libation or two during their “free” time in the Wheatsheaf. It was hard to leave this room, but set to the right a more opened out room served as a lounge and a good place to eat; this too was filled with some fascinating antique bric-a-brac, including a pretty good collection of empty beer bottles.

Six individual Beer Engines all serve Real Ale. John Smiths Bitter and Timothy Taylors Landlord are the juxtaposed regular offerings, with four ever changing Guest beers - more often than not including one or two from the Brown Cow Brewery, but also frequently from Ossett Brewery, York and Copper Dragon. An impressive selection of Single Malt will whet the appetite of any visiting Whisky lovers also. I decided to order up a Pint of the Brown Cow Brewery (Suddaby’s) After Dark Coffee Porter, a dark rich 5% brew that is actually brewed for the now defunct Malton Brewery, and it was damned quaffable, so much so that I ordered a second. Serves Food during Lunchtime (12-2) and on the Evenings (6:30-8:30) Thursday to Saturdays, the Menu contains all the favorites including Chilli, Steaks, Burgers, Curry and a Veggie option with Daily Specials and a Sunday Lunch. I opted for a Chip Butty, it seemed strange to have it served on sliced bread but it still filled a hunger pang with ease. Other food that I saw served up was of the wholesome home-made variety, solid fare at good prices. Sitting in the small fenced garden area at the back with a Chip Butty and a cracking Pint of locally brewed Real Ale with an old mate and chatting about times past in the warm sunshine was a real treat, it was very hard to take the empty Pint pots back to the Bar and not get them refilled, but sadly we had to leave.

The Wheatsheaf has it all, quite literally packed with history, a multi-room cozy atmosphere inside and a nice small seating outside area, friendly staff, jovial locals, well kept regular and guest Real Ales, home-made food, real fires, quiet areas, Pool and Darts, and the pub has been modified to enable wheelchair access which is nice to see. Dogs are welcome and it occasionally hosts BBQ’s, Bands and a Beer Festival. A past Winner of the local (York) CAMRA Branch Pub of the Season Award and a regular in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for the past few years. Open from Noon until 11pm daily, the Wheatsheaf is definitely well worth a visit if you are in the area, I’ll be sure to be tapping up my friend Barry for a ride out here again the next time I am in Yorkshire.


Last Visit: Saturday 14th April, 2007.

May 28, 2007
Wheatsheaf, The in Burn, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1 ratings