Looking for somewhere to enjoy a Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales? Craving a classic roast dinner with all the trimmings served in an idyllic setting?
The rugged hills of the Yorkshire Dales provide the perfect backdrop for this quintessentially British meal. Begin your day with a scenic walk around some of the national park’s beauty spots and then reward yourself with a hearty meal and perhaps, a tipple or two. Sound good? To us, it sounds like the best way to spend a Sunday!
Of course, this stunning part of Yorkshire is home to countless cosy pubs and country hotels serving up succulent slices of roasted meats with fluffy Yorkshire Puddings and crispy roasties so choosing somewhere for that relaxing afternoon meal can be tricky. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the most popular and frequently recommended places to get a delicious Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales…
Where to Get Sunday Lunch in The Yorkshire Dales
The Gamekeeper’s Inn
Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, Skipton BD23 5PN
Housed in a former gamekeeper’s cottage, The Gamekeeper’s Inn can be found on the Long Ashes Park in Threshfield. It’s conveniently located just a stone’s throw from some of the Yorkshire Dales’ must-visit places, including the historic market town of Skipton, the picturesque village of Grassington and, the iconic Malham Cove.
All the menus at The Gamekeeper’s Inn are based around seasonal, locally sourced produce and the dishes are prepared fresh by a team of experienced chefs. This Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales is priced at £15.95 per person and diners can choose from a selection of three carvery meats and a nut roast. Each choice is served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy.
Those seeking an alternative to the traditional Sunday roast are also well catered for with several different options including one of The Gamekeeper’s Inn’s popular homemade pies, a vegan Thai curry and the scrumptious sounding Fisherman’s Basket, which comprises battered cod, scampi, chips and mushy peas.
5 The Square, Grassington, Skipton BD23 5AQ
This award-winning restaurant with rooms is located in the pretty village of Grassington and has been a family-run business since 2008. Owner and chef John Rudden creates mouthwatering menus of seasonally inspired and beautifully executed dishes that are served in Grassington House’s elegant restaurant.
If embarking on a foodie tour of the Yorkshire Dales, this place should certainly make it onto your itinerary. In addition to serving a sensational Sunday lunch, the talented team at Grassington House serve five-course gourmet dinners and a superb afternoon tea.
It’s a set menu for this Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales allowing diners to enjoy two courses for £29.50 or three for £34.50. Grassington House’s 14-hour slow-cooked Yorkshire beef rump is the star of the show but, there are a couple of alternatives for non-meat eaters or those seeking something different. As the menus are primarily based around locally sourced seasonal produce, the starters and desserts change regularly but at the time of publishing, included Smoked mackerel pate; Courgette, shallot and aubergine tart to start and a rather delicious-sounding Coffee & chocolate layer cake to finish.
The Coniston Hotel
Coniston Cold, Skipton BD23 4EA
The Coniston Hotel is situated on a magnificent 1,400-acre estate. Boasting a luxury spa, gorgeous accommodations, numerous event spaces, a Land Rover Experience and one of the UK’s best shooting grounds, it’s the ultimate Yorkshire Dales retreat.
The hotel’s onsite restaurant, The View, offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and provides a contemporary yet delightfully cosy setting for a hearty Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales.
Sunday lunch at The Coniston Hotel is available between 12 pm and 5 pm and costs £18 for a single course, £25 for two and £32 for a delicious three-course meal. The meat options are Salt-crusted roast beef or Roasted pork loin and both are served with all the expected trimmings plus lashings of rich gravy. Alternative options include Potato gnocchi, local sausages with mash, Peppered steak salad and many more.
On The Green, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6SN
Those exploring Swaledale may find the charming and ever-so-welcoming The Burgoyne to be the perfect venue at which to enjoy a post-walk Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales. The traditional stone country inn includes an award-winning fine dining restaurant which isn’t exclusively for staying guests. The 1783 serves sustainably sourced ingredients both from local suppliers and from its very own kitchen garden.
Sunday lunch at The Burgoyne is only served between 12 pm and 3 pm so we recommend booking in advance if you can. Again, it’s a fixed-price offering so visitors can choose two courses for £20 or three for £26.
As with all the menus at The Burgoyne, the Sunday lunch menu comprises simple yet expertly prepared dishes designed to showcase the incredible produce available in the Yorkshire Dales. Begin with a starter of Smoked duck with blood orange and shallots before tucking into a hearty roast beef or chicken dinner, then finish with a decadent dessert like The Burgonye’s Caramelised white chocolate mousse.
The Tan Hill Inn
Long Causeway, Richmond DL11 6ED
The Tan Hill Inn near Richmond is known around the globe due to it being Great Britain’s highest public house. Standing 1,732 feet above sea level and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it provides a unique yet unforgettable setting for a Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales.
The stone-flagged floors, exposed beams and roaring fires of this 17th-century inn set the ambience for a relaxing afternoon of indulgence. And indulge you most certainly will, should you choose to order the larger version of Tan Hill Inn’s popular Sunday roast! It includes three out of the six weekly available meats plus an enormous Yorkshire pudding, creamy mash, meat dripping roasties, seasonal vegetables, stuffing and plenty of gravy. A true feast! This option is priced at £22.95 but there are small, single-meat options available that include all the tasty accompaniments, priced from £17.95 to £19.95.
There’s a great selection of starters and desserts available too. If you don’t think one Yorkshire pud will be enough to satisfy your Sunday craving, you can begin your weekend blowout with a starter of mini Yorkies and gravy. Yum!
Park House, Bainbridge, Leyburn DL8 3EE
Yorebridge House was once the head office location for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Purchased by the current owners in 2008, the buildings underwent a stunning 18-month restoration to create today’s luxury boutique hotel and restaurant.
Situated in the Swaledale village of Bainbridge and flanked by two rivers, it’s as beautiful outside as it is inside, making it a much-loved venue for short breaks, romantic getaways and, of course, dining in the Dales!
Throughout the week, the three AA rosette restaurant at Yorebridge House serves up a superb a la carte and a six-course tasting menu created by Head Chef Dan Shotton and his talented culinary team. On Sundays, a beautiful Sunday lunch is also available from midday until 4 pm. Whilst it is one of the more expensive Sunday lunches in the Yorkshire Dales at £34.50 for two courses and £39.50, one can expect masterfully prepared dishes featuring some of the finest local produce in the area.
The traditional Sunday roast option is a Wensleydale beef sirloin served with Yorkshire pudding and duck fat potato. Current alternatives are Black Bream with olive tapenade and tomato or Potato gnocchi with Kidderton ash and girolles.
Austwick, Settle LA2 8BY
Housed in a charming Georgian manor house near Settle, this luxury hotel has been owned and managed by the same family for 21 years. Set in the picturesque village of Austwick, it’s one of the smaller country house hotels in the Dales but focuses on providing guests and diners with a memorable and authentic Yorkshire experience.
The Traddock employs 3 AA Rosette chefs to run its popular restaurant and, as a team, they strive to deliver carefully crafted menus of seasonal dishes made using the best produce available locally. From hearty breakfasts and lunchtime treats to indulgent afternoon teas and a creative 9-course tasting menu, there’s plenty on offer for foodies at The Traddock. On Sundays, one can enjoy the hotel’s sumptuous Sunday lunches, which are the subject of numerous glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. Again, this one is only served during a short time frame (12:30 – 2:30 pm) so booking ahead is advised.
The menu changes with the seasons but diners can choose one course for £17, two for £25 or three for £30.00. Roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables and proper gravy is the most popular choice for main but there are always a couple of other dishes available for pescatarians and vegetarians too.
The Queens Arms
Litton, Skipton BD23 5QJ
The Queens Arms in Litton is one of the most popular pubs in the Yorkshire Dales. This traditional 17th-century inn setting is in a beautiful rural location approximately 5 miles from Grassington and serves proper Yorkshire pub grub plus a great selection of local ales, including some brewed in its very own brewery, located behind the pub.
On those chilly Yorkshire afternoons, make the most of the cosy ambience and roaring fires by dining in the bar area. When the sun makes an appearance, enjoy your hearty homecooked food and ice-cold beverages in their large beer garden.
You’ll find most of many of the all-time favourite British classics on the menu at The Queens Arms including Fish Pie, Breaded Scampi and an award-winning Bakewell Tart. There’s also a regualrly changing specials board and a burger board so there’s something to suit most tastes and dietery requirements. On Sundays, they offer a cracking Sunday roast between 12 pm and 4 pm but booking is essential because it’s immensley popular with locals!
If you’re looking for proper homecooked food served in an authentic country pub setting, this one’s for you! No frills,no fuss; just seriously good meals with a side serving of Yorkshire warmth and hospitality.
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