Dine like a Yorkshire local

You can’t visit Yorkshire without eating a Yorkshire pudding or tasting Wensleydale cheese. Here are our suggestions reaped from our ‘Yorkshire Born and Bred’ knowledge.

The following are personal selections.

Eating Locally

The Blue Lion, East Witton

01677 624273

If you only eat out once during your stay at a Dalesend Cottage, this is the pub to choose. Reputed to be Prince Charles’ favourite pub when he stays in the Yorkshire Dales, it deserves the praise it receives. Great food, including Sunday lunches with exceptional Yorkshire puddings.

We recommend eating in the bar areas for the great atmosphere. In the winter there’s a real fire and it’s where the locals pop in, sometimes even the actor Daniel Craig. This pub is a left turn off the A684 after Constable Burton. Then just follow the road direct to East Witton. About 7 miles from us. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Blue Lion Website

The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

01969 622322

Beyond Leyburn on the A684, you pass through the picturesque village of West Witton. This has recently had an upmarket revamp and is perfect for a celebratory lunch or dinner. Noted for its fish dishes. A well-known and popular pub in this area. Guests have given great feedback too.

About 11 miles from us. Open for lunch and dinner.

Wensleydale Heifer website

The Queen’s Head, Finghall

01677 450259

This local village pub is 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. We find it quite “traditional”. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Queen’s Head website

The Friar’s Head, Akebar Park

01677 450201

Friendly and the closest local to Patrick Brompton. It had a makeover to send it into the twenty first century in the nicest way. When we last went pre-lockdown, it had leather sofas, sheepskin and white washed walls along with a revamped menu. However, we haven’t visited since the new takeover so please let us know what you think? They have a large conservatory dining room and a west wing. It’s cosy in winter too with the real fire, and ales.

They always try to fit you in, but it’s getting so popular we advise you to book, especially for Sunday lunch. They did do a great Yorkshire pudding here… To drive there, stay on the A684 as you leave Patrick Brompton and you will see the pub about 1.5 miles on the left. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Friar’s Head website

The Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton

01677 450581

On the A684 going towards Leyburn 4 miles from Dalesend Cottages. The owner cooks and serves the gourmet food. The steaks are good, as are the fish dishes. It is a decent local option, maybe good for a cheeky lunch too.

Wyvill Arms website

The Sandpiper Inn, Leyburn

01969 622206

This pub is in a thatched cottage type building and gets good feedback. Probably the best pub to choose if you are in Leyburn which is a great market town itself.

We ate here a while back in the dining room and were impressed with the gourmet meal and attentive hosts.

There’s a notable market on a Friday, a great food shop called Campbells and quirky shops and cafes. Take a stroll along the Shawl which runs from the top of Leyburn town along the hill behind. This will give you fabulous views of Wensleydale whilst you walk off a good lunch.

The Sandpiper Inn website

Eating Further Afield