Dining Out: Londesborough Arms, Seamer: Bustling atmosphere at revamped local pub

Londesborough Arms, Seamer.
Londesborough Arms, Seamer.

Friday teatime at the Londesborough Arms and there is a definite end-of-the-week buzz about the place.

The bar is packed with the after-work crowd and the dining area is busy.

We hadn’t booked, but maybe we should have as there were lots of people dining and only a couple of tables left.

We were seated at a table for two, which was quite cosy, but moved to a more comfortable one for four when it became available.

Despite being rushed off their feet, the staff were very efficient and on the ball, offering menus and taking drinks orders in between clearing tables and chatting to customers.

The pub was refurbished earlier this year and is looking smart and obviously attracting loyal customers from Seamer along with those from further afield.

With food offered from noon to 9pm every day, the Londesborough has placed itself firmly on the “food pub” map.

The menu offers traditional pub food, with all the favourites such as sausages and mash (£6.95), home-made steak and ale pie (£8.95) and Hunter’s chicken (£7.95).

There are a range of starters around the £4.50 mark, including prawn cocktail, garlic mushrooms and potato skins, but we skipped straight to the main course.

I was happy to see a vegetarian section on the menu, with veggie lasagne (£8.95) and cheese and broccoli bake (£7.95).

I opted for spinach and ricotta canneloni (£8.95), which was served with home-made chips, salad, coleslaw and garlic bread.

My mum ordered scampi (£7.95), accompanied by chips, salad, peas and tartare sauce.

The food arrived promptly to say the pub was so busy and was well presented.

The scampi was missing the peas, and only had salad, but this minor slip-up didn’t bother us too much.

My canneloni was tasty and piping hot, with generous 

The chips are indeed “real chips” as billed on the menu. Thick-cut chips with a good crunch, but soft and fluffy 

My mum enjoyed her main and commented on the lovely coleslaw, which we think was also home-made.

Despite enjoying my main course, I did suffer from a pang of food envy when the couple at the next table were presented with giant home-made Yorkshire puddings.

These are the pub’s “loaf tin” Yorkshires, with a choice of fillings (£5.50 to £7.95) and very impressive they look too. One for our next visit I think.

The dessert menu had plenty to offer those with a sweet tooth, all priced at £3.50.

Options included hot chocolate fudge cake, sticky toffee pudding, treacle sponge and spotted dick.

With it being a warm day, we fancied something lighter and ordered New York cheesecake and a chocolate sundae.

These were both a real treat. The sundae has some lovely, gooey chocolate brownie at the bottom and even more of that layered with the ice cream would have taken it up a notch.

The meal with two drinks came in at £29.80. We would return – perhaps for a Sunday carvery, Friday fish and chip night (two for £12) or one of those Yorkshire puds.

Overall score: 7