There are countless reasons why you might visit the Yorkshire Dales, from a weekend away, a day of rambling the rolling hills or even a summer getaway. Not only are the Dales bustling with all kinds of things to do, sensational scenery, culture that can’t be found elsewhere, there’s also an abundance of brilliant pubs on offer for those looking for somewhere to kick back and relax with a pint in hand.
Ranging from wonderful gastro pubs to quaint real ale connoisseurs – it can be hard to know where to start! But fear not, we’re on hand with our handy roundup, detailing some of the best Yorkshire Dales pubs – to help you make the most of your time in the area!
The Lister Arms
Found in the ever popular village of Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Not only is the Lister Arms one of the best Yorkshire Dales pubs, it was named the best pub in Yorkshire by Welcome to Yorkshire. Among its charms, it boasts a traditional, attractive and authenitcally Yorkshire interior plus a solid range of local and national beers – it’s also a stone’s throw from one of Yorkshire’s most visited attractions, the wonderful Malham Cove.
As well as a well-stocked bar, which caters for all tastes, they also serve an eclectic menu of pub food, which is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon walking in the region.
The Lister Arms, Malham, Skipton, England, BD23 4DB, United Kingdom
The Blue Lion Inn
Set within stunning surroundings in the Yorkshire Dales village of East Witton is the Blue Lion. A Yorkshire Dales pub with a stellar reputation, the inn is found within a quaint Grade II listed building and is brimming with rural charm. Having been in the same family up until 1989, the new owners have lovingly managed the pub and have made it into one of the most visited and sought out in the region.
As well as an impressive resume of accolades, which includes being named the number 1 pub in North Yorkshire by the Good Food Guide in 2017, and a seemingly endless array of other impressive titles, The Blue Lion is as renowned for its food as it is for its carefully selected range of wine, beer and everything in between.
In addition to various 5 star reviews, the pub’s renowned as a must-visit for those who’re spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.
The Blue Lion Inn, Main Road, East Witton, Near Leyburn, DL8 4SN
Found near the Ribblehead viaduct, the Station Inn is a charming pub offering a wonderful base for those exploring the Dales. Just six miles from Ingleton and twelve miles from Hawes, The Station Inn consists of a bed and breakfast, bunk house and of course, its winning pub.
The pub is a picture of rural Yorkshire Dales life, and with a history dating back well over a hundred years, it has been refurbished many times over several generations of Landlords. It’s a great base for those who’re wanting to get to know the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and although the Inn is relatively remote, it’s absolutely perfect.
What’s more, they host a great many events throughout the year, which cater for both the surrounding community, and tourists who make their way here.
Station Inn, Ribblehead, Low Sleights Road, Carnforth LA6 3AS
Within the village of Askrigg, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – The Crown Inn is an ever welcoming, family-run pub which has a charming, traditional feel along with a superb range of cask ales – perfect for beer lovers.
What’s more, The Crown also offers home-cooked food, with a menu that includes homemade soups, Ploughman’s, Scampi and various others. In the evening, you’ll find a great array of dishes, including classic pub food such as Yorkshire Ham, Sausages and Gravy and Steak Pie.
Open 7 days a week, they’re famous for their warm atmosphere, and the charming interior you’ll find within.
The Crown, Main Street, Askrigg, Leyburn, DL8 3HQ
Tan Hill Inn
Dating back to the 17th century, the Tan Hill Inn is bursting with rural charm. At the Tan Hill, you can expect to find exposed beams, stone-flagged floors and ever welcoming fires.
Interestingly, the Tan Hill is Britains highest pub, at over 1,732 feet. It’s situated in the beautiful region of Swaledale which boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s popular with walkers, cyclists and ramblers and is certainly a destination pub.
As well as a unique wedding venue, the Tan Hill also hosts regular concerts, and have seen the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Mark Ronson and The Levellers to name just a few. There’s plenty to do, and you can’t fault the warm welcome.
Tan Hill Inn, Long Causeway, Richmond DL11 6ED
The Fountaine Inn
In contrast to the remote location of the Tan Hill Inn is the Fountaine Inn. Although by no means a bustling metropolis, this wonderful Dales pub is found a stone’s throw from the ever popular town of Grassington. With a packed calendar of year-round events, it’s easy to understand why Grassington is one of the most visited destinations in the dales.
And with that in mind, it’s only right that one of our best Yorkshire Dales pubs is found there. The Fountaine Inn offers fantastic food, effortlessly cosy surroundings and a great selection of drinks to complement its other winning qualities. They serve food all day, every day and their menu includes everything the discerning walker could want to help fuel their ramblings.
One of the most relaxing pubs on this roundup, we can’t fault it on any level – so if you’re visiting the Yorkshire Dales, this pub is definately one to seek out.
The Foundtaine Inn, Linton-in-Craven, BD23 5HJ
The White Lion Inn
If you’re looking for a pub in a great Dales location, that has luxury rooms, is full of character and has a fantastic menu – The White Lion Inn is one to put on your itinerary. Found beneath Buckden Pike, the building which houses the White Lion is full of period Dales charm and the selection behind the bar is great.
If it’s food you’re after, The White Lion offers that, too. With a menu which includes all kinds of dishes, ranging from traditional pub food to the more creative style of dishes. When it comes to location, there are few views in the Yorkshire Dales which can rival that of the White Lion – you can expect rolling hills, dramatic scenery and because of this, the pub is especially popular with dog walkers and others looking to get away from the bustle of the city.
The White Lion Inn, Cray, Skipton BD23 5JB
The King’s Head
Having recently changed hands, The Kings Head in Kettlewell is a wonderful pub which has a focus on its food. It offers a menu of homemade dishes with a distinct Yorkshire theme, created by a Head Chef with an impressive CV, having worked at the critically renowned Angel Inn at Hetton as well as the Craven Heifer at Skipton. The team use the best produce available and countless foodies in Yorkshire seek out The King’s Head for a fantastic eating experience.
As well as the food, The King’s Head has a number of comfortable rooms, a welcoming team and a fantastic bar, filled with local and regional beer.
Well worth a visit if you’re looking for a delicious bite to eat.
The King’s Head, The Green, Kettlewell, Skipton BD23 5RD