The Travelling Prince: A Slice of Yorkshire Part 3

Mimi ON Jan 11, 2010 AT 5:50 pm

The Prince has a go at shooting on the Monckton shooting ground

The Prince has a go at shooting on the Monckton shooting ground

His Highness was keen to visit the Monckton shooting ground; a thirty five acre site comprising of simulated shoots for grouse, high pheasant, partridge, pigeon and bolting rabbit.  His Highness had booked a one to one lesson and a full days shooting.  Moncton is certainly the place to learn with some of the finest shots in the land regularly visiting the ground to brush up on their own technique. 

First priority however was visiting the clothing store where as per usual the opportunity to purchase some new attire was high on The Prince’s agenda.  His Highness bought a new Chrysalis – Litchfield tweed shooting coat and a hand made English tweed shooting flat cap and new Hunter wellington boots all of which he wore straight away.  Eager to rise to the delightful challenge of the Moncton shooting ground a few hours soon past and with a delicious lunch served on the grounds it was not long before His Highness was moving from trap to trap “oh what fun and not a single feather ruffled, this really is a jolly good day out!”  Certainly the one to one lesson was just what His Highness needed with his tutorial focussing on coordination and timing. 

The Prince was “absolutely famished” and made the decision to dine at The Hotham Arms, a delightful English country pub with traditional open fire and separate bar and restaurant areas.  We had great fun looking at many of the eccentric artefacts and curiosities which had been purposefully displayed throughout.  The Prince was quite excited; “I’d love to decorate a room at home in such a fun way as this”.  I couldn’t help but gently persuade him to reconsider by interjecting ”One would be required to dust and polish everything on a regular basis Your Highness”.  “Mmmm, yes, quite…well let’s have a pint of Yorkshire ale”. 

The Prince has a drink at the The Hotham Arms

The Prince has a drink at the The Hotham Arms

The Prince was parched and indeed the desire for a hand pulled pint of Theakstons Black Bull was very much appreciated.  Soon enough we were sitting at a table in the restaurant and having ordered a bottle of Frentano we tucked into Smoked Haddock Fish Cakes, followed by Top Side Roast Beef “medium rare”, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables with gravy.  The atmosphere at the Hotham Arms was perfect for chatting openly about the past few days and as we did so, Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard and a delicious Cheese Board were served.  After coffee The Prince and I both agreed the traditional Sunday Roast at the Hotham Arms was quite the right decision and was indeed the perfect way for us to end our weekend in Yorkshire.  After saying our goodbyes to Joe Parkinson the Inn Keeper, of arguably one of the best kept secrets in Yorkshire, we made out way back to The Chapel.  Our weekend had been a great success with a real sense of achievement and satisfaction had been experienced by us both in dearest Yorkshire.

Missed part 1 of : A slice of Yorkshire? Catch up here…

The Chapel
Two nights: £395
T: 01482 880542

Monckton Shooting Ground
One to one tutorial (All Inclusive – tuition, clays, cartridges, gun, ear & eye protection): £60 per hour
Full days shoot with lunch: Starting from £160.00 per person (Various disciplines)
Chrysalis – Litchfield tweed shooting coat: £475.00
English tweed shooting flat cap: £50.00
Hunter wellington boots: £70.00
Tel: 01430 827229 / 07950 253 794

Hotham Arms
20 Main Street, Hotham YO43 4UD
T: 01430 422939
Three Course Sunday Lunch with wine £40 per head

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