Best-of Guides East Riding of Yorkshire

The Best Pubs in Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire is the largest county by area in England. It’s often referred to as ‘God’s own country’, and the valleys, dales, moorlands and rugged coastal inlets make for some stunning and memorable scenery. What better way to enjoy the area than with some traditional Yorkshire hospitality? Using the best of the local larder in their delicious dishes – and in some cases also offering superb accommodation – each of the following pubs is run with genuine care and pride.
Updated on 23 January 2023
Alice Hawthorn Inn
The Green, YO26 8EW Nun Monkton
£££ · Regional Cuisine

As picture-perfect Yorkshire villages go, Nun Monkton, situated between Harrogate and York, takes some beating. The Alice Hawthorn Inn started life in 1781 as The Bluebell and was later renamed after a successful racehorse, which was itself named after the daughter of the local blacksmith. Inside it oozes charm and character, while the newer garden rooms show a contrasting contemporary edge. Be sure to order something from their Mibrasa charcoal oven.

Dawnay Arms
YO30 2BR Newton-on-Ouse
££ · Traditional British

This pub is set in the shadow of the impressive 18C Beningbrough Hall, and the River Ouse runs along the bottom of its garden. Inside, low beams, open fires and a whole manner of bric-a-brac help it to retain the look and feel of a ‘proper’ pub. Yorkshire-born chef Martel Smith is proud to namecheck the provenance of the local ingredients on the menu – and you might even find something that’s been shot by the man himself.

Durham Ox
Westway, YO61 4TE Crayke
££ · Traditional British

It would be hard to envisage owner Michael Ibbotson not being the face of the 17C Durham Ox – and he certainly knows how to run a successful pub. Cooking is hearty and original, the specials are well worth a look, and be sure you leave room for dessert. The building overlooks the Vale of York and the homely bedrooms in adjoining outbuildings make an excellent base for visiting nearby Castle Howard and Helmsley.

Sandpiper Inn
Market Place, DL8 5AT Leyburn
££ · Traditional British

Further north of the county, close to the scenic Wensleydale Valley, you will find The Sandpiper, tucked to one side of Leyburn's busy market place. Jonathan Harrison has been at the stoves since the turn of the century and runs things in a ‘proper’ Yorkshire way, with cooking that shows both a strong classical and seasonal base. Two bedrooms retain all the character of the 17C property – try to line up your stay with the Friday market.

The Eskdale
Station Road, YO21 2EU Castleton
££ · Modern British

Castleton, high up on the North Yorkshire Moors, may be little more than a hamlet, but it does have its own railway station, as well as The Eskdale, which opened its doors in 2021. It retains its rustic appeal towards the front of the property and offers views into the kitchen at the rear. Most importantly, the team here take the cooking seriously, with traditional pub favourites featuring on the menu alongside dishes which show imagination and a degree of creativity.

The Star Inn
King Street, YO43 4QP Sancton
££ · Modern Cuisine

Further south in the Yorkshire Wolds, The Star Inn continues to shine in the village of Sancton, and 2023 marks 20 years at the helm for Ben and Lindsey Cox. From humble beginnings, it has developed into a smart and stylish spot, with plans for bedrooms also in the pipeline. The pub attracts a loyal local following – which is hardly surprising when they serve award-winning Yorkshire puddings alongside the roast beef for Sunday lunch. Children have their own 'Little Stars' menu too.

Pipe and Glass
West End, HU17 7PN South Dalton
££ · Modern British

The Pipe and Glass is a destination dining pub which has continued to grow and mature over the years, without forgetting what lies at its heart – the cooking. Devoid of gimmicks and clever tricks, the kitchen uses prime local produce in dishes created with obvious passion and skill. Add to this genuine Yorkshire hospitality and some luxurious bedrooms, and you have the ultimate in Yorkshire pubs.