The Dalesman team’s favourite pubs across Yorkshire
The team here at The Dalesman have recommended our top ten favourite pubs across Yorkshire, for you, our loyal readers. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Sunday roast, a venue for a family get-together, or just a place for a pint or two, then look no further than these, our favourites!
Nestled between York and Malton in the cosy, rural village of Westow is the 300-year-old The Blacksmith’s Arms. A family-run establishment, this pub has recently undergone a refurbishment; its interior now strikes a balance between modern and current styles, while successfully retaining its original country charm. With exposed wooden beams, a roaring fire, and delicious, locally sourced food, you’re guaranteed an enjoyable experience at Yorkshire’s The Blacksmith’s Arms!
CRAVEN ARMS, APPLETREEWICK
In the heart of Wharfedale, and dating back to the sixteenth century, this traditional country pub boasts stone-flagged floors, original open fires, low-beamed ceilings and wooden pew seating. It is quite the TV star: ITV’s The Real Emmerdale, Yorkshire’s Perfect Pint and more were filmed there. Many famous people visit this rural spot, most recently actress Ruby Wax. Keep your eyes peeled! A wide selection of local ales and yummy, heart-warming grub are available, particularly convenient as the pub is a popular starting point for walks.
While not technically a pub by name, Sound Bar is popular with The Dalesman team due to its proximity to our headquarters! Music from different eras plays all day, and new and used vinyls and CDs are available to buy. Live music reigns at the weekend, creating an atmosphere perfect for those who love some throwback songs with their drinks. From real ales to continental beers, quality coffee to wines, gins and cocktails, the Sound Bar provides an all-round experience. It goes above and beyond to enhance your experience.
In the heart of Ilkley resides a local pizza bar, popular with locals and visitors alike. A south-facing beer garden and sun terrace are perfect for a bright summer’s afternoon, while a games room, interactive darts, shuffleboard and a pool table leave no shortage of entertainment options. There is even free function room hire! Premium draught beers and lagers are on offer, and a resident DJ attends The Courtyard every Friday and Saturday. Why not pop down and see for yourself! Pets are welcome.
Located on the A59 from Skipton, within the estate of Broughton Hall, this pub is steeped in the history of the surrounding area. It houses open fires, stone-flagged floors, cosy rugs, lively plants and lots of good old furniture. The bar sits at the heart of the pub, serving an array of spirits, cask ales and a wine list of around fifty wines. Private dining is available upstairs and in a room behind the bar – perfect for a special occasion, or an intimate family meal. Plenty of parking is available at The Bull, so it’s well worth a visit!
THE MALTINGS, YORK
Often dubbed England’s strictest pub (landlord Shaun has never allowed foul language to be used), it is a civilised refuge from the often tourist-thronged streets, a place where the beer is always delicious and the toasted sandwiches the best around. It’s a throwback to the nostalgic pubs of old. Sadly, though, after thirty-one years of prosperous business, this pub has been put on the market for £1.5 million. Try and get yourself down there before this long-standing pub serves its last pint. It’s not one to miss!
THE INGS HOTEL, GUISELEY
A snug, single-roomed local, The Ings Hotel is the perfect pub across all seasons. Its interior sandwiches the large bar between two cosy tiled fireplaces at either end of the room, the ideal spot for a drink or two while reading the newspaper, or chatting with friends. The grassed garden to the side of the pub comes to life in the summer, as the bright sunshine and refreshing beverages lift everyone’s spirits. Don’t worry, all your favourite names make an appearance: Timothy Taylors, Saltaire Blonde and Tetley’s Bitter. Let’s get to drinking!
Searching for a cosy corner to relax in, or a spot to have some drinks while your furry friends curl up in front of the fire? Then look no further than The Turkey Inn! Based near Haworth, this pub was transformed into a warm, welcoming, dog-friendly location in November 2020, by local residents Steve Mortimer and Fay Howell. Whether you’ve been traipsing through Bronte countryside, strolling through Haworth, or just fancy a heart-warming, locally sourced meal with a refreshing ale, then The Turkey Inn is the spot for you.
Aside from the twelve stylish en-suite bedrooms for those wishing to stay in this bustling market town, mouth-watering smells, clinking glasses and communal chatter emanate from the open door of this Skipton pub. Serving a full range of award-winning Timothy Taylor’s cask ales, as well as home-cooked favourites, The Woolly Sheep Inn boasts a cosy interior for those chilly winter afternoons, when all you want is a yummy pub pie and pint, and an enclosed beer garden for drinks in the summer sun.
Built in 1673 as a coaching inn, alledgely haunted and home to secret tunnels through to Kirkstall Abbey built many years ago by monks, this seventeenth-century pub is a great spot for Sunday lunch, a quick drink or an evening meal. It is child-friendly and run by polite, helpful staff. What’s not to like? Its mysterious history adds to the ambience of the setting, though don’t ask too many questions about those sealed-off areas of the cellars which haven’t been opening for years and years! Spooky…