In search of a real pub? Well the Little 3 Thirsk may tick your boxes - or not

Pub of the Week: The Little 3, Thirsk
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Let’s get this out of the way first.
The Little 3 pub, just off the market place in Thirsk, is a lovely old, heavy beamed, dark, intimate place; just what you want in a real pub. Oh, wait a minute, real? On a closer inspection, there is nothing real in the décor; it is fake. This discovery is a tad disappointing, but within minutes the generous, warm welcome, the bustling atmosphere, seriously well-stocked bar and line up of pumps offering some of Yorkshire’s finest ales lessens any impact. Half an hour later, nursing a pint of Guzzler and a rather good New Zealand Sauvignon, any thoughts of plastic has disappeared.
The Little 3 is another offering from West Park (the New Inn, Easingwold, the Grantham Arms, the Moor and Pheasant and a few others). Here, all that is needed from a pub is firmly in place. A blackboard running the width of one wall shows the number of ales. Another boasts an excellent pie menu with a range of sides on offer that every pie deserves to be seen with – mash, mushy peas, gravy, or chips. If a pie is not your thing then upstairs is a brasserie with a more extensive menu.
It is the pub part that captivates here. There is live music, a quiz night, but importantly the commitment to sourcing craft ales from local breweries pulling in both the locals and visitors. Who cares about the beams?
The Little 3, 13 Finkle Street, Thirsk, YO7 1DA Tel: 01845 523782.
Open from 12pm daily. Food served lunchtime and evening only.

About The Author

Elaine Lemm

Following a successful career as a chef and restaurateur, Yorkshire's Elaine Lemm is a highly respected food and drink writer and recently voted one of the top 50 in the UK. Elaine is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and author of three books,The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding, The Great Book of Rhubarb and The Great Book of Tea.

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