Best-of Guides North Yorkshire

The Best Pubs in Yorkshire

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Often referred to as ‘God’s own country’, the valleys, dales, moorlands and rugged coastal inlets of Yorkshire 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 25 July 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.

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.

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.

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.

Shibden Mill Inn
Shibden Mill Fold, HX3 7UL Halifax
££ · Modern British

The scenery of West Yorkshire is still heavily punctuated with historical reminders of the Industrial Revolution. Shibden Mill, hidden away at the bottom of a steep wooded valley, started life as a corn and spinning mill before becoming an inn in the late 19C. The monthly changing menu offers dishes that have an ambitious edge but are hearty and full of flavour, with Yorkshire produce to the fore. Open fires and low-hanging beams offer a cosy feel to enhance your visit. The restored Piece Hall in Halifax is just a short drive away and well worth a stop before or after your meal.

Star Inn at Harome
High Street, YO62 5JE Harome
£££ · Modern British

North Yorkshire without The Star Inn at Harome seems unimaginable, such is the reputation of this long-standing Michelin Starred pub. It was, therefore, a huge relief when they re-opened towards the end of 2022 following a fire and year-long renovation. The 14C thatched building includes a characterful bar that’s just the place for a pint, with the two-roomed restaurant at the opposite end the home of the top-quality cooking. Hearty yet refined dishes utilise an abundance of Yorkshire produce, come packed with flavour and are free from over-elaboration.