Our top pubs in Yorkshire
From stunning scenery, hidden histories and cosmopolitan cities, Yorkshire does all of this exceptionally well.
The other thing it does, is a perfect pint, so whether you are meandering over the moors, taking in some sea air or checking out the city centre shops these watering holes will be the perfect pick me up.
The Duke of York, Whitby
The Duke of York’s location at the bottom of the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey makes it perfect for a quick energy boost before you make the climb (or a reward on the way down!). The generous portions of fish and chips and stunning harbour views makes this pub a hit with locals and tourists alike- a must visit if you’re in the town.
The Blacksmiths Arms Inn, Cloughton
This charming inn in the little village of Cloughton recently played host to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their tour of the area. The sympathetically restored building is over 250 years old and the lovely oak beamed dining room and open fire create lovely cosy atmosphere to enjoy a tipple or two.
North York Moors
The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge
This iconic pub has been named the best pub in the North York Moors and with its excellent views, generous portions and a superb selection of local Yorkshire real ales it’s easy to see why. Standing at the highest point in the North York Moors, you’ll certainly need a drink if you take the hike to get here.
The Grapes Inn, Ebberston
Serving fantastic home-cooked food with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, The Grapes Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed meal at the end of the day. Located in the moors village of Ebberston, this quaint little pub is still within easy reach of the Yorkshire coast, especially the seaside resort of Scarborough, making it a great choice if you’re holidaying in either area. The pub is also dog friendly and popular with families.
Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole, near Goathland
Tucked away in a village that only has nine houses, the Birch Hall Inn is probably one of the smallest pubs in the county yet also boasts a sweet shop. Modernising from one beer pump with keg beer it now has its own blend of ‘Beckwatter’ as well as real ales from nearby independent brewers. Food is fuss free but filling, with a menu that consists of ham or cheese sandwiches and a pork pie using meat and bread from local legendary butchers and bakers Radfords and Botham’s.
Tan Hill Inn, Reeth
Probably one of the most famous pubs in the country, never mind the county, is this one in the heart of the moors which hit the headlines when customers got snowed in for days during the winter of 2010. It also has one customer that won’t go away – the ghost of Mrs Peacock who ran the pub for 40 years. Standing at over 1,732 feet above sea level, the Tan Hill Inn is the highest inn in the UK. The pub has been visited by many famous faces over the years, from James May to the Arctic Monkeys, and remains a popular pit stop for walkers and curious tourists. The pub serves food and also showcases a variety of local real ales and has its own special tipple called Ewes Juice.
Black Sheep Bistro, Masham
For fans of real ales you really can’t beat a visit to the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Creating brews since 1992 this pioneering brewery was formed by family members of the Theakston brewery and continues to create crafted real ales and seasonal beers that even the casual beer drinker can appreciate.
The Falcon Inn, Littondale
Set in your stereotypical ‘dale’ is this little pub which has been owned by the same family for four generations and traditions stand strong. A pint of old school Timothy Taylors is served the old fashioned way too, from the barrel to the glass via a porcelain jug and the food is home-cooked and hearty. From here you are ideally placed for walking and exploring Gordale Scar and Malham Cove as well as the four miles of private fly-fishing on the River Skirfare.
Blue Lion, near Leyburn
Crowned the inn of the year in the 2014 Good Pub Guide, this quintessential coaching inn has been transformed into a modern day retreat by the couple who have been running it for the last 20 years. Whether you want a pint while you read the paper by the fire or fine dining then this pub is perfect. And, it is ideally placed for exploring the Dales with the Wensleydale Creamery, Fountains Abbey and MIddleham Castle nearby.
Vale of York
The Maltings, York
Tucked away by the river and recommended by the Good Pub Guide there are seven real ales, six continental beers, four farm ciders, 15 country wines and 25 whiskies from around the world. This eclectic boozer is decorated with ‘junk’ from railway signs to chocolate machines and cough medicines.
These are just some of the perfect pick me up pubs dotted around Yorkshire so why not explore more proper pub grub, hand-pulled pints and some of the finest fresh air you will find by staying in an Ingrid Flute holiday property and making the most of your visit to God’s Own Country.