Yorkshire Pubs for Perfect Pints and Great Cooking
Here are the perfect places to stop off this summer
The Lister Arms
Malham, Skipton BD23 4DB
This 17th century coaching inn is set in the heart of Malham village, south of the Yorkshire Dales, and offers a dog- friendly, relaxed atmosphere. With a great outdoor terrace, cold pints of real ale and hearty, pub classic dishes on the tempting menu, the Lister Arms is the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk pint or something more substantial. Want to stay over? Book a room to rest your head (and feet) after day of hiking and enjoy dinner in the pub’s cosy bar.
Scawton, Helmsely YO7 2HG
Tucked away near the bottom of the North York Moors National Park, The Hare Inn offers delicate-tasting dishes that have been individually designed using local produce. Incorporating both traditional and modern cooking techniques, the chefs at The Hare create adventurous food in the comfort of an intimate dining setting. Why not make a night of it in the inn’s recently- renovated 12th century rooms, with packages including dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast?
The Bull at Broughton
Broughton, Skipton BD23 3AE
The Bull at Broughton is a traditional pub, with the friendly bar being the focal point. Rows of cask ales and shelves of gins, whiskies and rum welcome you as you walk through the doors, so sit back and relax with a drink in hand by one of the open fires. Feeling peckish? Try one of the classic British dishes that have been given new life with exotic world influences. We love the dark chocolate and orange tart with raspberry sorbet.
Hudswell, Richmond DL11 6BL
01748 518373 georgeanddragonhudswell.co.uk
In the hamlet of Hudswell, just outside Richmond, this perfect pit stop is Yorkshire’s first community-owned pub. Saved in 2010, it now houses the village shop and has community allotments in its back garden. With a host of CAMRA awards to its name, it stocks 10 cask and keg beers sourced from independent local breweries, all served alongside perfect homemade pies.
The Red Lion
Burnsall, Skipton BD23 6BU
With its riverside setting, beneath green fells in a village of pretty stone cottages, this pub-cum-hotel is popular with everyone from walkers to foodies. There’s a long, wood-panelled bar dating from the 16th century, plenty of cosy corners and a riverside garden for a pint al fresco. The ever-changing menu (and great specials board) uses seasonal produce to create imaginative dishes complemented by an outstanding wine list, and should you wish to prolong your visit, there are 14 pub rooms and self-catering accommodation available here too.
High Force Hotel
Alston Road, Forest-in-Teesdale DL12 0XH
01833 622336 raby.co.uk
Right beside the famous waterfall in beautiful Upper Teesdale, the High Force Hotel is a cosy country pub with rooms. Four- legged friends are welcome in the overnight accommodation, as well as the dining restaurant and bar. There’s a very warm welcome here for all guests, and their dogs, and you can expect delicious home-cooked food that celebrates local produce, alongside some international influences. Look out for spectacular Sunday lunches, great steaks and hearty beef burgers, as well as fine ales, ciders and lagers. And if you do decide to stay overnight, make sure you get up early to enjoy the spectacular waterfall without the crowds.
King Street, Sancton YO43 4QP
01430 827269 thestaratsancton.co.uk
Once a coaching inn in the heart of Sancton village, The Star Inn is now a friendly family-run inn that offers a variety of meals, from light lunches to a full à la carte menu. Here you will find honest, modern cooking influenced by Yorkshire produce and their beautiful countryside surroundings. Look out for the white onion tart tatin with celeriac puree, potato crisps, roast hazelnuts, celery leaf and roast rosemary baby potatoes.
Three's a Crowd
11 West Park, Harrogate HG1 1BL
Overlooking the westside of The Stray, this modern gastropub is perfect for an evening of easy dining and perfectly-paired drinks. Three’s A Crowd offers quality British food in a relaxed, cosy setting, and is a great destination for anyone who loves fine- ingredient-led food. An ever-changing menu means dishes are always being revamped – we love the confit corn fed chicken leg with a salt baked beetroot salad, English mustard dressing and Jersey royal potatoes. The pub’s dog friendly too!
The Punch Bowl
Marton-cum-Grafton, Boroughbridge YO51 9QY
01423 322519 thepunbowlmartoncumgrafton.com
Dating back to the 16th century, The Punch Bowl is all rustic charm and cosy character within its traditional bar that stocks local beers, hand-pulled ales and carefully-selected wines. With a private dining room and comfortable coffee loft, The Punch Bowl is able to cater for everyone. For delicious dishes, head to the dining room where provenance is at the heart of all they do.
Shibden Mill Inn
Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UL
01422 365840 shibdenmillinn.com
The multi-award winning Shibden Mill Inn is set within the fold of the Shibden Valley, near Halifax. A hidden gem, this country inn provides 11 individually-styled bedrooms, but it’s the food that most guests come for. The delicious dishes are made using ingredients grown in their very own kitchen garden. Head chef Will Webster creates inspiring seasonal dishes with monthly menu changes, so you are guaranteed the best, locally-sourced produce.
15 Hartshead Lane, Liversedge WF15 8AL
01274 872845 grayoxinn.co.uk
Expect roaring log fires in winter, but make the most of this pub’s great outdoor space in summer, with food and drink always available at the Gray Ox Inn. Modern British cooking showcases local ingredients in imaginative dishes. We love the seared asparagus, roast squash, spinach and pea gnocchi that comes with soft poached hen’s eggs and chive butter.
Main Street, Levisham YO18 7NL
01751 460240 horseshoelevisham.co.uk
This family-run country pub has a cosy B&B and also offers self-catering accommodation, but you don’t need to stay over to enjoy the freshly- prepared food served in the pub’s wood-panelled bar. Dishes are hearty and filling, and there are real ales on tap, alongside a great selection of wines. When the sun is out you can sit on the pretty village green opposite and enjoy al fresco.
The Tickled Trout
Church Street, Bilton in Ainsty, Wetherby YO26 7NN
01423 359006 tickledtrout.co.uk
Boutique rooms, big open fires, and award-winning food and drink is what you’ll find at the 17th century Tickled Trout, which is full of character. Fish is the name of the game here, with deliveries of fresh fish (and game) arriving each day ready to be paired with local ingredients and foraged produce. The newest additions are the two Moroccan bedouin tents, complete with log burners, big rugs and twinkly lights – perfect for an alternative outdoor private dining experience.
The Tempest Arms
In picturesque Elslack, The Tempest Arms is a friendly place to stay for families, walkers and dogs too. This Yorkshire pub retains its 17th century roots whilst adding elements of modern style to its 21 cosy rooms. Food is freshly prepared with local and seasonal ingredients, and we recommend trying something from the extensive daily menu, or treating yourselves to the delicious Sunday roast.
Elslack Lane, Elslack, Skipton BD23 3AY
01282 842450 tempestarms.co.uk
The Crown and Cushion
Welburn YO60 7DZ
01653 618777 thecrownandcushionwelburn.com
Dating back to the 18th century, The Crown and Cushion has retained its traditional bar and open fire place, creating the perfect atmosphere for a pub meal. Traceable seasonal ingredients are used to craft thoughtful dishes and showcase the best local produce. We recommend the rump of Yorkshire Warrendale Wagyu beef, served with charred spring onions, pomme purée and beer sauce.