Dine like a Yorkshire local


Here are a selection of some places to eat whilst you are staying at Dalesend Cottages. We provide a more detailed list in our cottage information folder. With our ‘Yorkshire Born and Bred’ knowledge, you can also ask us for suggestions whilst you are staying here.

The Blue Lion East Witton – 01677 624273 – This is the pub to choose if you only eat out once during your visit to Dalesend Cottages. It is one of the finest and most popular of our Yorkshire area pubs – reputed to be Prince Charles’ favourite pub when in staying in the Yorkshire dales part of North Yorkshire,  and we too, think it deserves the praise it receives.  Great food, and Sunday lunches. We recommend you eat in the bar areas where there is great atmosphere; a real fire in winter, and the locals (sometimes Daniel Craig..) pop in. This pub is a left turn off the A684 after Constable Burton then follows the road direct to East Witton. About 7 miles from us. (lunch and dinner)

The Queen’s Head Finghall – 01677 450259 – to book

Local village pub – just up the hill after The Friar’s Head Akebar – make a left turn off the main A684 and go up the hill to Finghall. Many guests write in our cottage guest review book that they are happy with this pub. (lunch and dinner)

The Wyvill Arms Constable Burton – 01677 450581 – to book

You could try The Wyvill Arms pub on the A684 going towards Leyburn 4 miles from Dalesend Cottages. The owner cooks and serves the gourmet food.  Tourists and locals actively support the pub although the pub appears quieter in the winter. The steaks are good, as are the fish dishes and we don’t hear any negative feedback about this pub.

The Friar’s Head Akebar Park, – 01677450201 – to book

Friendly, closest local to the one in our village and has had a makeover to send it into the twenty first century in the nicest way. Leather sofas, sheekpskin, white washed walls, plants, and Fevertree tonics along with a revamped menu.  Getting so popular yet always fit you in to eat, but now, we advise you book.  They have a large conservatory dining room and a west wing.  The Sunday lunches are very popular. Book in advance. Cozy in winter too with the real fire, and ales. Can close around late Jan to early Feb for a couple of weeks so check.  Stay on the A684 as you leave Patrick Brompton and you will see the pub about 1.5 miles on the left. (lunch and dinner)

The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton – 01969 622322

Beyond Leyburn on the A684 you pass through the picturesque village of West Witton and this pub has been here for a long time but recently had a revamp making it very upmarket and nice for a celebratory lunch or dinner. Noted for its fish dishes. A well-known and used pub in this area. About 11 miles from us. (lunch and dinner)

The Sandpiper in Leyburn – 01969 622206

This pub is in a thatched cottage type building in Leyburn and gets good feedback. Probably the best pub to choose if you are in Leyburn which is a great market town itself – a notable market on a Friday, great food shop called Campbells and good quirky shops and cafes. Take a stroll along the Shawl which runs from the top of Leyburn town along the hill behind and which gives you fabulous views of Wensleydale whilst you walk off a good lunch.

Further afield.

The Black Horse Kirby Fleetham – 01609 749010

This is one of our favourite pubs to meet friends for dinner. Rather good food and atmosphere and popular. It almost has a feel of a Southern counties pub; blackboard menus, lovely seating and decor. This is the other side of Bedale to Dalesend Cottages – on the Northallerton side – about 8 miles from us. (lunch and dinner)

The Bruce Arms  and the Bull Inn- West Tanfield

Two local hostelries – the Bull is very traditional.


Has 2 good pubs – The Bruce Arms (01765 689372 and The White Bear -01765 689319)

Have a look at their online presence and choose! Masham is about 6 miles from us and is a pretty market town with a market on a Wednesday and some quaint shops, but it is not a large place. (lunch and dinner)

We have eaten in  Vennells Masham, and loved the food here. Inventive menus and good service.

The White Bear – Masham is one of our favourites.


We love the King Richard III – 01969 623240 pub for food, ambience and décor. The Sunday lunch tastes homemade – because it is, and the locals go here. The service will be slowish, but enjoy the beer and wines whilst you wait for a home-cooked meal. Thursday night is curry night here!


You could eat in Spice 01677 424243– the latest restaurant arrival in Bedale and getting good reviews for the Indian food they serve. You must book Spice due to popularity. Panettis 01677 425270 is a bistro and some of our guests have eaten here and liked it. (dinner Spice, lunch Panettis).

There are some very good tea shops in Bedale, and many ‘drinking’ pubs. A lively place!



We head to Pizza Express in the High street. One of us loves salads, one of us loves pizza.This is a win,win place for us to eat. https:www.pizzaexpress.com/northallerton


The Station Cinema (01748 823062 to book a film) and Arts Centre where you can eat well at reasonable prices and see an art exhibition or a film as an add-on. (lunch and light supper pre-film)

Richmond also has a good Italian that always looks busy when we drive past in the evening and we hear good feedback. La Piazza 01325 825008 (dinner)


You could try the Frenchgate Hotel restaurant too – 01748 822087. (dinner). This is gourmet dining!


Some Tea room suggestions – all rather good and some exceptional.


High Parks Tearooms – 1.1 miles from Dalesend Cottages – go here for a cooked breakfast if you feel like one! Excellent. Serves food all day – 10am-5pm and very popular. Child-friendly but they tend to congregate in the ‘play area’ leaving discerning couples in peace in another area.

Bettys Tearooms and Cafe – Northallerton (our local one) Harrogate, York and Ilkley. Try not to  miss a visit to one of  these tea rooms if you are new to Yorkshire. If you know Yorkshire well, you may already have Bettys on your ‘must-visit’ list.

The Four Teas Cafe in Bedale is nice and was dog-friendly when we last visited.

The Pantry Bedale – good tea shop and cafe.

Berry’s Farm shop and cafe – beyond Leyburn at Swinnithwaite. You can eat here during the day and buy delicious local produce from meat, veg and bread etc to bring back to your cottage.



Dog-friendly pubs

The Cover Bridge,  Middleham, Leyburn,

The Blue Lion East Witton. Leyburn