12 of the best dining pubs in North Yorkshire

The Fat Badger, Harrogate

The Fat Badger, Harrogate - Credit: Archant

We all love a good pub meal in Yorkshire, and North Yorkshire has some of the best fine dining pubs in the country. Here are some that you might like to try, in no particular order

Star Inn at Harome In the picturesque village of Harome you will find the Star Inn Harome, a Michelin starred inn that is believed to date back to the 14th Century. The Star Inn is much loved by both locals and foodies from around Yorkshire. The menu is firmly rooted in North Yorkshire, with ingredients consisting of local and seasonal produce. Main St, Harome, York YO62 5JE www.thestaratharome.co.uk

The Buck Inn The Buck Inn is owned by an award winning Head Chef, Matthew Roath and his partner Sammy Clark. Together they own this British country pub, along with its roaring fires, wingback chairs and real ales. The menu’s available are filled with many vibrant dishes to be enjoyed at lunch and dinner. Awarded the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Dining Pub of the Year Award in 2014. Maunby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4HD, 01845 587777 thebuckinn maunby.co.uk

Yorke Arms The Yorke Arms is perched in Nidderdale Valley, the 18th century coaching inn is a great place to stop by and enjoy homely food while taking in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire. The pub has gained a reputation for excellent food with a distinct creative flair, led by award winning head chef Frances Atkins. Awarded the Yorkshire Life Restaurant of the Year Award in 2012. Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5RL, 01423 755243 Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge HG3 5RL www.yorke-arms.co.uk

The Blue Lion In the heart of Wensleydale and surrounded by the scenic Dales National Park, you will find the Blue Lion, an award winning 18th century dining pub with character. Enjoy the homely surroundings of the pub while tucking in to a fine meal prepared with seasonal Yorkshire produce. Highly commended in the Dining Pub of the Year category at the 2015 Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards. East Witton, Near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4SN 01969 624273 www.thebluelion.co.uk

The Timble Inn Situated in the picturesque Washburn Valley, this grade II listed 18th Century Coaching Inn is the perfect place to stop after a walk . The restaurant has an inviting atmosphere, serving freshly prepared dishes ranging from full hearty courses to light bites. Highly commended in the Dining Pub of the Year category at the 2015 Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards. Timble, Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, LS21 2NN, 01943 880530 www.thetimbleinn.co.uk

The Malt Shovel Visit the Malt Shovel, a 16th century country village pub and restaurant in rural Brearton. The menu here is sophisticated, offering a variety of meats from carefully selected Yorkshire butchers then elegantly prepared with an international influence. Highly commended in the Dining Pub of the Year category at the 2014 Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards. Main Street, Brearton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, 01423 862929 themaltshovelbrearton.co.uk

The General Tarleton With a firm focus on food and an interest in blending modern cuisine with ever popular favourites, The General Tarleton is an excellent location for a foodie. Not to mention its welcoming décor, with sumptuous sofas and a log fire for those chilly evenings. Highly commended in the Dining Pub of the Year category at the 2013 Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards. Boroughbridge Road, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0PZ www.generaltarleton.co.uk

Ye Old Sun Inn Ye Old Sun Inn is a popular pub among the residents of Colton Village. Their menu comprises of dishes made using ingredients sourced from local butchers and fisheries. While the Ye Old Sun Inn serves a spectacular choice of innovative dishes, you will also find classical pub style foods. Colton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 8EP, 01904 744 261 www.yeoldsuninn.co.uk

The Coachman Inn Located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, just between Pickering and Scarborough is The Coachman Inn. The pub dates back to 1776 and has been described as an ideal base for exploring the North York Moors National Park as well as surrounding attractions. Visit the award winning restaurant for a chance to try some beautifully presented local meats, seafood, Yorkshire game and vegetarian dishes. Pickering Road West, Snainton, North Yorkshire, YO13 9PL, 01723 859231 coachmaninn.co.uk

The Fat Badger Heralded as the most attractive part of Harrogate, the Monpellier Quarter is home to an array of exclusive shops, pavement cafes, bars and award winning cafes. Withing this is The Fat Badger,  a real ale pub serving two AA Rosette food. Enjoy a carefully prepared dish in an atmosphere seemingly dipped in the bygone era, with plush leather seating, elaborate wooden interiors and of course badgers all around. White Hart Hotel, 2 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 0NA, 01423 505681 thefatbadger.co.uk, whitehart.net

Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk The Carpenters Arms benefits from a traditional bar, stocked with hand pulled ales and local beers, as well as an exceptional wine list. Set in the quaint village of Felixkirk just a few miles from Thirsk, the restaurant overlooks the beautiful Vale of Mowbray providing a spectacular backdrop for dining. The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DP www.thecarpentersarmsfelixkirk.com

Punch Bowl at Marton cum Grafton The Punch Bowl is a dog friendly pub that specialises in providing a friendly service, high quality food and a relaxed environment to meet with friends and family. If classic British dining is what you are after then you will find plenty dishes showcasing local farmer produce. The Punch Bowl Inn, Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire, YO51 9QY www.thepunchbowlmartoncumgrafton.com



The Queen’s Head Enjoy the charming ambience in the quiet village of Finghall. The Queen’s Head is a cosy pub that retains much of its character, its dinning room overlooks ‘Wild Wood’ which is said to have inspired author Kenneth Grahame to write the popular book ‘Wind in the Willows’. Take in hundreds of years of culture and bite into a range of homemade cuisine here. Westmoor lane, Finghall, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5ND Telephone: 01677 450259 www.queensfinghall.co.uk

The Copper Horse The Copper Horse is a popular Seamer pub that is steeped in history, with the building dating back to the 17th century. It became a pub in the 1930’s and was eventually purchased by England Rugby International and Scarborough bookmaker, Leonard Price Stephens, when it received its name ‘The Copper Horse’. Currently the pub is undergoing refurbishment meaning that the restaurant is not open, however rooms are still available, make sure to pay a visit in the future. Seamer, Scarborough, 01723 862029 thecopperhorse.co.uk

Crown Inn at Roecliffe The Crown Inn prides itself on utilising small local suppliers, finding Yorkshire’s finest and creating a weekly menu to wow its diners. You can look forward to delectable specials including homemade breads, fish dishes, jams, chutneys and their own cakes and puddings. Crown Inn, Roecliffe, Boroughbridge, YO51 9LY www.crowninnroecliffe.co.uk


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