11 Perfect Yorkshire Pubs for a Weekend Break
A weekend away can be just the tonic at this time of year - and you don't have to travel far to find a cosy pub
In brief: A friendly village pub with rooms just outside Scarborough.
Our highlight: The location means you’ll have the coast and the North York Moors National Park to explore.
Insider guide: In the pretty village of Scalby, The Plough invites you to their friendly village pub with eight ensuite rooms, ranging from superior king bedrooms with roll-top baths to comfortable double bedrooms. If you’re visiting with your four-legged friend, there are self-catering, pet-friendly properties available opposite the pub. In the popular AA Rosette restaurant and bar enjoy classic modern British dishes created with seasonal Yorkshire produce, served alongside a variety of local craft ales, fine wines and spirits.
21–23 High Street, Scalby YO13 0PT
The Tempest Arms
In brief: A newly refurbished 17th century inn and restaurant with rooms on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
Our highlight: The premium rooms with private terraces or Juliette balconies overlooking the babbling beck.
Insider guide: If you’re looking to explore Skipton and the Dales, book one of the 21 individually styled ensuite bedrooms at The Tempest Arms. Complete with comfortable beds, some of the rooms have Nespresso coffee machines and others are dog-friendly so the whole family can stay. In the restaurant, seasonal ingredients are used to make classic pub dishes, and if you’re staying over the weekend, don’t miss the delicious Sunday roasts.
Elslack Lane, Elslack, Skipton BD23 3AY
The Wheatley Arms
In brief: A proper pub with cosy rooms, roaring open fires and hand-pulled cask ales.
Our highlight: Head to the city or explore the countryside, either way, both are on your doorstep.
Insider guide: On a leafy lane overlooking the charming village of Ben Rhydding, The Wheatley Arms is a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. There are 12 cosy and comfortable bedrooms, each with an ensuite and many are dog friendly. In the pub, dishes are created with the freshest seasonal produce from local suppliers and producers. From pub classics such as gourmet burgers and beer-battered haddock to Sunday lunches and wood-fired pizzas, there’s something for everyone.
Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley LS29 8PP
The Red Lion
In brief: A 16th century inn with a variety of rooms overlooking Wharefdale.
Our highlight: After a day of exploring, head back for a slice of the cake of the day.
Insider guide: In the heart of Burnsall village, The Red Lion is the perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the surrounding villages. Stay in one of the cosy bedrooms with views over the village green, book one of five self-catering cottages located next door to the inn, or for something a little special, check into the recently refurbished Manor House, just a short stroll from The Red Lion. As well as hearty breakfasts and leisurely brunches, the inn serves pub classics such as homemade pie, chicken ballotine and pan-fried seabass, alongside real ales and delicious wines.
Burnsall, near Skipton BD23 6BU
The Golden Lion
In brief: A 17th century coaching inn serving hearty meals and award-winning ales.
Our highlight: Enjoy locally-sourced dishes by the roaring fire with your dog at your feet.
Insider guide: Full of character and proper Yorkshire charm, The Golden Lion near the centre of Settle offers a comfortable night’s sleep in a range of dog-friendly bedrooms. After a day of exploring the Dales, head to the pub where you can tuck into tasty dishes such as homemade pie of the day, sausage and mash or a classic burger. Before you check out, don’t miss the Yorkshire Grill brunch to set you up for the day.
Duke Street, Settle BD24 9DU
The Sportsman’s Arms
In brief: A family-run country inn offering delicious locally-sourced food.
Our highlight: The inn is in the perfect location from which to explore this peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales.
Insider guide: Nestled in the heart of the Nidderdale Valley, The Sportsman’s Arms is a great place to make base camp. Eleven unique bedrooms are available to book (which include a full English breakfast in the morning), and whilst some have original features and fireplaces, all rooms include luxury amenities such as Molton Brown toiletries. Locally-sourced seasonal dishes are served in the cosy bar, alongside a range of drinks, and if you’re staying over the weekend we recommend the Sunday roast served with all the trimmings, followed by classic sticky toffee pudding.
Wath-in-Nidderdale, Harrogate HG3 5PP
The Boar’s Head
In brief: A traditional coaching inn situated at the heart of the Ripley Castle Estate.
Our highlight: The cosy snug where your four-legged friends can join you, with dog treats and water bowls.
Insider guide: Furnished with paintings and antiques from Ripley Castle, The Boar’s Head is perfect for those looking for a relaxing break close to Harrogate. Stay in one of the 23 bedrooms which are located overlooking the courtyard, across from the main house or on the ground floor (ideal for families and dogs). Classic pub grub made using Yorkshire produce is served in the welcoming bar and formal dining room, and you can retire to the cosy snug for a post-dinner glass of wine or a local real ale.
Near Harrogate HG3 3AY
In brief: A four-star family-run inn just eight miles from Whitby.
Our highlight: Its location with the beautiful Yorkshire coast and North York Moors National Park on your doorstep.
Insider guide: The Ellerby has a great reputation for food and drink, with a cosy, dog-friendly bar, as well as serving everything from breakfast through to evening meals and Sunday lunches. There are 10 ensuite bedrooms to stay in, each with luxury touches such as Elemis bath products, and seven of the bedrooms have super-king beds. Guests can relax in the comfort of their rooms, in the private conservatory or the pretty garden.
12–14 Ryeland Lane, Ellerby, Whitby TS13 5LP
The Pickled Pheasant
In brief: A gastropub in the peaceful surroundings of Holmfirth.
Our highlight: The dog-friendly Peacock Suite with a lovely courtyard garden.
Insider guide: The Pickled Pheasant is a family-owned 18th century coaching house set in the heart of beautiful Holmbridge. The pub houses six bespoke ensuite bedrooms and a luxury suite, each with their own unique features such as a free-standing bath, a log-burner or views over the village. In the bar and restaurant, a nice mix of traditional pub favourites alongside more creative dishes are made with locally sourced, fresh and seasonal ingredients. If you’re in the mood for an afternoon of indulgence, enjoy traditional or Prosecco afternoon tea served with seasonal canapés, sausage rolls, clotted cream scones, sandwiches and cake.
Woodhead Road, West Yorkshire HD9 2NQ
The Fauconberg Arms
In brief: A classic Yorkshire pub with eight cosy bedrooms.
Our highlight: Sunday lunch served with all the trimmings.
Insider guide: This 17th century country inn prides itself on a relaxing atmosphere where you can cosy up by the fire and enjoy home-cooked pub classics alongside fine wines and ales. Using only the best, locally-sourced produce, enjoy everything from slow-roasted belly pork to Whitby breaded scampi. After a fabulous meal, wind down in one of the cosy ensuite bedrooms; each has its own character and can be made dog-friendly (just let the team know when booking).
Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD
The Carpenter’s Arms
In brief: An award-winning village inn with cosy rooms.
Our highlight: Good food with views to match.
Inside guide: On the edge of the North York Moors National Park, overlooking the Vale of Mowbray, The Carpenter’s Arms has eight beautiful garden suites, each with its own private terrace and two additional house rooms located on the first floor of the main building – plus, for larger groups or special occasions, West Acre Lodge just a minute from The Carpenter’s Arms has 11 individual suites on a lovely renovated dairy farm. In the pub, expect carefully-selected dishes prepared with the finest local produce and a well-stocked bar with a selection of real ales.
Felixkirk, Thirsk YO7 2DP