My wife and I regularly travel from our home in Scotland to visit family in England and the A66 is our preferred route. We have passed this place for years without stopping, because it is on the opposite side of the road to us travelling down. The place we would normally stop was closed for refurbishment so we decided on the Rokeby instead.
To be fair, it is situated on a stretch of the road that is dual carriageway and there is a substantial filter lane and crossover point so getting in and out of it was a lot easier that the place we normally use.
The style is traditional, the room welcoming and warm due to a solid fuel stove.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. This isn't a huge place, quite cosy, with obviously a limited number of tables, however we had no difficulty getting a table straight away.
My wife had the Hunters Chicken and I asked the waitress what she recommended, which turned out to be the fish and chips. We ordered a couple of soft drinks which we refilled during the meal.
The food arrived in good time, big portions, steaming hot, nicely presented on well warmed plates.
My wife thoroughly enjoyed her chicken, and for me the fish was great. Too often in restaurants the fish is removed from the fryer and not allowed to drain and crisp up as it would be in a fish and chip shop, then it is served soaked in oil. Not here, the fish was great, the chips chunky and crisp, nice mushy peas and a slice of bread and butter.
All in, just a touch over £30 for two meals and four drinks. Pretty good value I'd say, in a lovely setting, with charming staff.
We will definitely return on our next trip down.
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