11 Great Places to Eat and Drink in Skipton
Here are the perfect places to stop off this summer
4–6 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ
This award-winning bar and kitchen at the top of Skipton’s high street is a favourite dining destination for locals and visitors to this charming market town. The relaxed atmosphere transforms seamlessly from day to night – you can enjoy a morning coffee and tasty brunch, an elegant afternoon tea with friends, or an exceptional evening meal here. It’s also the perfect place for a family Sunday lunch.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton BD23 6AJ
The remarkable three AA Rosette Burlington Restaurant is quite rightly heralded for its enthusiastic take on seasonal dining (largely furnished from the on-site kitchen garden) and there’s an ever-changing tasting menu here too. Perfect for a special occasion, there is an award-winning wine list to accompany the fabulous food. The bright and cheery Brasserie & Bar is a great place for a more informal catch up, offering everything from small and sharing plates, to well-thought-out mains, all set against a backdrop of contemporary art. Now in its third year, the Champagne & Seafood Terrace is perfect for summer dining.
The Queens Arms
Litton, Skipton BD23 5QJ
The Queens Arms is rightfully proud of its dedication to sourcing everything locally. Since taking over in February 2019 Michelle and Matthew Birtley have carried on this tradition, serving only home cooked dishes with locally-sourced ingredients, and award-winning pies. The Littondale lamb pie is a winner in our eyes, and we know you’ll love the Wensleydale and caramelised onion pie.
Le Caveau Restaurant
86 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JJ
Situated on Skipton’s historic cobbled high street sits a hidden treasure – Le Caveau Restaurant. Whether it’s for a romantic dinner for two or larger groups of up to 24 for private dining, Le Caveau’s Head Chef and owner Mark ensures there is plenty on offer including the five-course tasting menu, fixed price menus, mini lunch menu and daily changing blackboard specials. This ensures there is something for every budget. All menus change regularly in order to reflect the change in seasons and the expertly chosen wine list offers exceptional value with a wide selection of wines, with several available to purchase by the glass.
The Lister Arms
Malham, Skipton BD23 4DB
The Lister Arms, a 17th-century coaching inn, serves proper Yorkshire portions. The sharing platters are the perfect way to enjoy food with your family or friends – choose from meat, meat-free or fish boards. Dine in the Rosette-awarded restaurant with its low beams and original fireplace. Or if you’re with your four-legged friends, eat in the bar area where they’ll be treated to a homemade biscuit.
18–20 Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1LH
Set near the canal basin in Skipton, Elsworth Kitchen is a stylish, thriving eatery boasting a modern, relaxed feel with stunning decor. Owners Bruce and Rebecca use the freshest ingredients to showcase a selection of Yorkshire’s finest mouth-watering produce. Their ever-changing menus include the farmhouse black pudding starter; it comes served alongside succulent ham hock and smoked bean hash, and finished with a poached egg and a rich bourbon glaze – yum! The lunch menu is great for vegans and vegetarians, with the chefs happy to adjust the menu for those with food intolerances. To drink, a selection of fine wine and artisan craft beer is available and local brewers are always championed.
The Angel at Hetton
Hetton, near Skipton
All the comfort of a village pub, but with Michelin-starred dining. The team at The Angel is headed by Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall, who took over the inn in 2018. Their innovative tasting menus, alongside the hugely popular à la carte menu, leave you spoilt for choice – and there are plenty of vegetarian options. They also offer accommodation if you can’t drag yourself away.
36 Swadford Street, Skipton BD23 1QY
Main High Street Car Park, Skipton BD23 1ED
You’ll find delicious, award-winning fish and chips at family-run Bizzie Lizzie’s, with all their cod and haddock sourced from fisheries certified under the Responsible Fisheries Management Programme. You’ll also find gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and calorie-counted options on the menu; and there are two restaurants to choose from to enjoy your meal in the heart of historic Skipton.
The Old School Tearoom
Main Street, Hebden, near Grassington, Skipton BD23 5DX
Stop here for a slice of cake while you’re exploring the idyllic village of Hebden, or treat yourself to their ever-popular vintage afternoon tea – sumptuous homemade goodies served on genuine vintage china and a cute three-tiered cake stand.
5 The Square, Grassington BD23 5AQ
Traditional dishes with a modern twist are the name of the game at this lovely hotel. The food here rightly receives rave reviews – chef and owner John Rudden and his team produce award-winning dishes which include a traditional Sunday roast, featuring 14-hour slow roasted beef. There is a lovely conservatory here, which leads on to the bar and terrace overlooking Grassington’s square. It’s a great place to watch the world go by on sunny days. Now, you can indulge in the ultimate dining experience in your very own luxury pod which seats between two to six people and can be hired for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
Austwick, Settle LA2 8BY
With its beautiful Dales setting, dog-friendly attitude (always a winner with Living North) and two-AA Rosette dining, this lovely country house has so much to offer. Among the treats on its everyday menu are hake poached in wakame butter, salt-aged sirloin of Yorkshire beef, and white onion tart.