Address: Lendal bridge
Average food price: £5
You wouldn’t want to mess with the staff at The Maltings. As I walk in I hold the door. “Thank you”, calls the barman to the person leaving. No response. “Thank you!” a little louder. Still nothing. “TOSSER”, the now irate barman hollers, to the amusement of the rest of his custom.
With the advent of gastropubs and gourmet beers it seems you have to set aside a whole afternoon and £50 if you want a pint and a gammon steak. If you don’t have that sort of time and money, your only other option is to go to a superpub and eat some poorly-microwaved plastic lasagne. But no longer. If you are searching for a warm, hearty and above all large portion of deliciously cooked food to be washed down with a crisp ale, for less than a tenner, then your prayers have been answered.
The Maltings sits under the shadow of the west end of the Lendal Bridge. As soon as you enter, the sagging beams, sooty fireplace and stone-age tobacco adverts on the walls give away the age of this place – 150 years. Choose from a wide range of beers and ciders, then enjoy browsing the hilarious menu: “If you want fast food McDonald’s is round the corner.” I can testify to the excellence of the burger, and my friends assure me that the roast chicken and steak and ale pie were superb. Service was quick, brash and witty.