The Dawnay Arms, built in 1779, is situated in the picturesque village of Newton on Ouse, near York, and close to the gates of Beningbrough Hall.
The pub is owned by chef Martel Smith and his wife Kerry, a former Hilton restaurant bar manager, who purchased the pub in May 2007. The pub had been closed for 18 months and was in need of a lot of TLC before reopening.
Dishes on the menu include Venison Meatballs with Tomato and Parmesan, locally reared Sirloin Steak, Steamed ‘Hogget’ lamb and kidney pie, local roe Deer burger and Goats Cheese Dumplings.
The Dawnay Arms features in the Good Food Guide as well as the Michelin Guide.
According to a review in The Yorkshire Post: “It’s hard to think of anything in York that can match it for quality of food or classy informality.”
The pub has a large garden to the rear which stretches down to the river where there is a mooring space for customers arriving by boat who are welcome to stay overnight if dining at the pub.