The Rustic Arms would like to thank one of our regulars, who kindly wrote the following article.
You will like The Rustic Arms, set in an acre of land, it is a friendly place, and it’s beautiful too. Set in the country with its feature windows overlooking the gardens and fishing lakes.
Mark & Caroline Filer, who took it over in 2012 and with their expertise and business experience, have developed its facilities and extended its appeal, which they continue to do. The team they have created is very welcoming and has a good reputation for friendliness and efficiency. It is a rather unique place with its ambience of country charm and modernity which temps one to linger.
The food and dining facilities are excellent and the menu offers delights to suit all the family. One can eat outside if one so wishes, or in the dining room or the bar. A fine function room is available for weddings, christening, receptions, parties, business meetings to and is a well-positioned venue. The premises are used by local organisation meetings, such as choir rehearsals and Young Farmers Association meetings.
Throughout the year, Caroline & Mark hold popular events such as Easter Egg Hunt, Bonfire Night, in the same point special dining nights are held some with specialised food, such as Italian nights as well as the usual St Valentines & Christmas menus.
At its heart, The Rustic Arms is one of these features which appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate, the respected English village pub, where one could meet with friends to discuss, to play, to enjoy, to relax and to reflect on the events of the day.
In a previous existence the building was a house with orchards and a small holding, but was changed into its present role in the relatively recent past. After extensive building alterations, it swiftly proved popular and became established in the area.
It is calm, good turned over place, a place where pleasant people come.
To get to The Rustic Arms travel to the bottom of Low Ackworth to where Station Road joins with Long Lane, before crossing over the railway bridge to East Hardwick.
It’s a place rich in history where Cromwell’s men & horses strode, where the mail coaches leaving the great north road raced over the hill to Point West & North. The west hills a cross the fields to the east is the real home of Robin Hood, some historians claim the forest of Barnsdale where he held away is just down the road.
Some locals say that if you pause & listen, really listen (especially at night), you can feel the magic of the place.