The historic market town of Skipton is immensely popular with tourists. Not so long ago, it was named as “The Happiest Place to Live” and if you’ve visited Skipton, you’ll understand why. People flock to the ‘Gateway to The Dales’ by the coach load, hoping to browse the award-winning market, explore the perfectly preserved castle and enjoy scenic boat trips along the Leeds=Liverpool canal.
There’s much to see and do in this a positively charming little town but there are also a vast number of fabulous eateries dotted between high street favourites and fabulous independent shops. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, we’ve put together a (tried and tested) list of popular breakfast spots so you can kick off your itinerary with a tasty morning meal. Whether you prefer to start your day with a deliciously sweet treat or you can only be satisfied by hearty meal, you’ll definitely find a somewhere to enjoy a good breakfast in Skipton.
Where to go for Breakfast in Skipton
Owned and managed by husband and wife duo, Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth, this is one of Skipton’s most recent openings. They first opened their doors towards the end of 2018 and have quickly positioned themselves as one of the places to eat in Skipton. Bruce began his culinary career with a catering course at Craven College before being offered the role of commis chef at The Angel at Hetton. He then moved on and spent 20 months working under Michelin-star chef, Nigel Haworth in Leeds, before returning to The Angel 18 years ago as their Head Chef, and later their Operational Director.
Bruce and Rebecca work closely with local suppliers to ensure all the dishes on their changing, seasonal menus are made using only the finest locally sourced produce. The restaurant itself is light, welcoming and family friendly. Upstairs, they have even put together a cute play area so mums and dads can enjoy their food whilst the little ones entertain themselves close by.
The Breakfast Menu at Elsworth Kitchen is varied to say the least. They’ve got everything from Homemade Muesli (£2.95) to a Full Breakfast (£8.50). As well as the more traditional breakfast dishes, you’ll find some delightfully nutritious, Vegan alternatives such as ‘Banana on Toast, Nut Butter: Multi Seeds with Agave Nectar’ (£5.50) and Scrambled Tofu with Seeded Bread (£5.95).
4 – 6 High Street, Skipton dates back as far as 1606 and has a colourful history. It’s one of the Skipton’s most aesthetically pleasing buildings and underwent a magnificent transformation after it was purchased by Peel Entertainment Group in 2016.
Alexander’s offer a number of different dining experiences. During lunch time and in the evening, their small plates are an excellent way to enjoy a variety of European-inspired dishes with friends. In their Edwardian inspired parlour, you can sit down and enjoy wonderful homemade cakes, decadent desserts and handcrafted chocolate truffles. Alexander’s serve great food throughout the day but we think their fabulous ‘Breakfasty Brunch’ menu makes Alexander’s one of the best breakfast spots in town.
For those who enjoy a fruity start to the day, they serve a selection of freshly made smoothies (£4.50) with the option to add a delicious scoop of gelato. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend ordering their French Toast with vanilla sugar, chantilly cream & fresh berry compote (£7.00). Eggs feature heavily on the breakfasty brunch menu at Alexander’s and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to how you have them. Enjoy them cooked in your favourite way and then choose to have them with either smoked salmon, dry cured bacon, grilled halloumi and spinach or with avocado, chilli & lime (£8.00). They also serve three types of Eggs Benedict (£9.00). As well as the usual breakfast menu options, Alexander’s serve some wonderful, flavoursome brunch dishes including their incredibly popular Shakshuka (£9.00) and their Black Pudding Hash (£11.00).
Having successfully run their shop on a working sheep farm in Thornton for a number of years, Victoria and James Robertshaw decided to expand their business and open their Skipton shop in 2015. Having come from a family of farmers and butchers, these guys work tirelessly to support local producers and farmers. If you’re heading to Skipton, Keelham Farm shop is well worth a visit. You’ll pick up some great quality fresh fruit and vegetables, locally reared meat, Yorkshire cheeses and exceptionally good baked goods including their wonderful handmade family size pies.
To the rear of Keelham Farm, you’ll find a cosy restaurant which serves great food throughout the day, using only the fine produce available in their store. So, as you would expect, a breakfast at Keelham is always fresh and delicious!
Served between 8:00 am and 11:30 am, their breakfast menu is priced from just £1.95 for a Croissant with Jam. If one of their freshly baked croissants isn’t enough to fill you, then opt for their Croissant Platter which includes a croissant, 2 slices of toast, Keelham jam or marmalade and chocolate & hazelnut spread or peanut butter for £3.25.
Meat lovers won’t be disappointed as their popular Yorkshire Farmer’s Breakfast (£9.95) comes with homemade pork sausages, home cured bacon, homemade black pudding and freshly laid eggs plus mushroom, tomato, baked beans and their scrumptious hash potatoes. There’s also a great Veggie Breakfast (£6.95) which is equally as delicious and lovingly prepared.
Two Sisters Bar & Kitchen
Two Sisters serve a simple menu of local food on their premises in the centre of Skipton. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wonderful selection of coffees and speciality teas. They’re also licensed and have a an excellent, well stocked bar filled with an abundance of craft beers and small batch gins.
Two Sisters have an exterior seating area as well as cosy dining area inside. On warmer days, we recommend sitting outside and watching the world go by as you tuck into their tasty homemade food. Their quirky little restaurant is dog friendly and located right opposite one of the entrance points to Skipton Castle Woods. Perfect for refueling before you take a walk through Skipton’s ancient woods.
The food here is simple but always brilliant and the staff are always friendly and welcoming. Breakfast is served from 10:00 am until midday and prices range between £2 for a simple plate of Toast and Butter and £9.50 for a Full Breakfast. The American Style Pancakes on their menu are absolutely delicious and come served with either crispy bacon and maple syrup or honey, greek yoghurt and seasonal fruits (£7.00).
Kibble Bakery & Coffee House
There’s no shortage of independent cafes in Skipton but Kibble Bakery has to be the most unique. Their chic and contemporary interior perfectly complements their simple, modern menu of no frills, natural food. The food here is great, but the real selling point is that it’s completely dog friendly. As the name would suggest, in addition to their fab menu for us humans, Kibble Bakery also provides an excellent menu for dogs. Everything on their canine menu is 100% natural so, whilst you sit back and enjoy a hearty breakfast in their trendy cafe, your furry friend can tuck into one of their homemade ‘pupcakes‘ or a ‘doggy doughnut‘.
You’ll find Kibble Bakery at the bottom of Skipton High Street so it’s ideally located for those wanted to kick start their day of sightseeing with a tasty breakfast. If you’re a coffee lover, then their unique 50% Columbian and 50 % Brazilian blend is a great way to start the day. Especially when paired with one of their delicious homemade cakes!
On the breakfast menu you’ll find everything from topped toasts and bagels to fluffy pancakes and perfect pastries. Everything is beautifully presented, freshly prepared and absolutely delicious. So, if you’re in town with your four legged companion, stop off at Kibble Bakery for a relaxing morning treat that you can both enjoy!
Many locals believe that Bean Loved serves the best coffee in Skipton. They’ve certainly got plenty of competition in that area so it’s a great compliment! It’s true that their coffee is extraordinarily good, but their food is equally as pleasing on the palate.
All the food on the menu at Bean Loved is made using only the finest Yorkshire produce available locally, so everything on your plate will be wonderfully fresh. During the morning, they have two great menus – breakfast for the early risers and brunch for those who like to eat a little later. On their breakfast menu you’ll find a lovely selection of both hot and cold dishes and prices start from as little as £2.30 for Sourdough Toast with Homemade Preserves. Their delicious Brioche French Toast goes perfectly with their great coffee. It is served with sweetened mascarpone and comes with either Fruit Compote ( £4.90) or Caramelised Banana (£5.30).
On their brunch menu, you’ll find some great savoury options such as Eggs Benedict (£6.50), Gourmet Scrambled Eggs with chorizo and piquante peppers (£6.00), and traditional pancakes with a variety of toppings.
Coopers Cafe Bar
Coopers Cafe Bar is a just a tiny bit further out of the centre of Skipton but well worth the short stroll! They serve an abundance of tasty dishes and homemade cakes throughout the day and it’s a really popular place for breakfast, particularly with those who work close by and want a takeout! They’re also licensed so you can enjoy a tipple of two if you choose to dine here later in the day.
The staff at this independent cafe bar are super friendly and everyone is greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. They even allow dogs inside and they’re treated just as well as their human customers.
Their selection of sweet treats changes daily but their super tasty homemade cakes and pastries never fail to impress. If you’re looking for something more substantial then they serve an excellent full english with sausages, bacon, black pudding, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast.
The Terrace Tearooms
The Terrace Tea Room is on the upper floor of the Craven Court shopping centre. It has changed hands a few times over the years but has always been a popular haunt with both locals and tourists. The small Victorian shopping centre is full of quirky, independent shops so this cafe if perfect for a mid-shopping refuel. The interior of the cafe is spacious and welcoming but the external seating is great if you want to sit and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the locals and visitors go about their business.
Their menu includes pretty much everything you would expect at an English tea room or cafe. They have soups, sandwiches and homemade cakes as well as traditionally British hot dishes like Fish & Chips and Sunday Roasts.
This place has only very recently gone under new management, and the new manager has made their breakfast menu available for the whole day. Tuck into a Full English with all the expected components or opt for something lighter like Poached Eggs on Toast, a Bacon Sandwich or their delicious Breakfast Wrap. They also have a healthier options as well as some great gluten free choices.
Cake’ole is the place to visit in Skipton if you have a sweet tooth. As well as quite an extensive menu of breakfast options, light lunches, afternoon teas and indulgent treats, they have some pretty amazing homemade cakes available each day. Their decor is quirky and fabulous with colourful wallpapers and some wonderfully eclectic furnishings and features.
The cakes are displayed on a cabinet at the back of the cafe and this is probably the most ‘Instagrammable’ cabinet in town. Opt for a slice of a traditional favourite such as Victoria Sponge or Red Velvet or sink your teeth into some of their more original cake creations like Maple & Bacon, Butterscotch and Salted Pretzel or Cherry Cola. The cakes here are legendary and some people head to Skipton solely to pay a visit to Cake’ole. Their cakes have even made appearances on Channel 4’s Gogglebox and celebrities including Mel B and Claire Richards have even been fortunate enough to get their hands on a Cake’ole cake!
If you can’t stomach cake first thing in the morning (god forbid), there are plenty of other delicious options like Scrambled Eggs, Beans on Toast and Toasted Bagels with Cream Cheese which are all just as tasty and well prepared.
The Flip Side
You’ll find The Flip Side creperie on Swadford Street. They have only been open a couple of years and they’re doing really well. They cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets as well as meat eaters and those with a passion for chocolate!
It’s the only place in town where you will find freshly made crepes with so many filling or topping options. Their savoury pancakes start at £5.50 and come with a dressed side salad. Filling options include Classic Ham, Cheese and Egg; Spinach, Wensleydale and Egg and Chorizo with Grilled Red Pepper. Their All Day Breakfast crepes include traditional English breakfast ingredients with vegan and vegetarian options. Vegan Brekky crepes (homemade smoky tomato sauce, spinach, mushroom and potatoes) are £5.50 and the other options, such as the Eggs Benedict and Full Breakfast crepes are £6.00. If you prefer your pancakes a little thicker, then they also serve American Style Pancakes with butter, Nutella, honey or maple syrup for just £3.50.
Obviously, there are a number of sweeter items on the menu including delicious combos like Nutella and Strawberries, Caramel Sauce with Banana and Apple & Cinnamon. You can add ice cream or fresh cream to these for an additional 50p.