Earlier this year the White Horse Farm Inn was named the best pub in Yorkshire in a public vote, but the county has plenty more options for the discerning drinker. Here we look at some of the other hostelries which were in contention…
The triumphant White Horse Farm Inn, at Rosedale Abbey is a 16th century inn set on the hillside with a panoramic view over the village. The North York Moors surround the pub, which is home to traditional hand-pulled ales and fine malt whisky. The Goodmanham Arms is one of Hull and East Yorkshire’s leading real ale pubs and was praised by regulars for its friendly service, well-kept beer and intimate, friendly atmosphere.
The Shibden Mill at Halifax is a 17th century inn, renovated by new owners into a pub and candlelit restaurant, and is located overlooking Red Beck. Its regulars all praise its decor, with one calling it “a real hidden gem”.
Still in West Yorkshire, the Town Hall Tavern in Leeds is another historic institution, dating back to the 1920s. As the name suggests it is located opposite the Town Hall and has been a traditional water hole for solicitors and policemen due to its proximity to the courts. A fine line in food – particularly its fish and chips – keeps the customers coming back.
The Rose and Crown at Hoylandswaine, near Sheffield, is another pub renowned for its quality food. Run by award winning chef Jimmy Riley and his partner Nikki Salt, it offers a fine line in traditional real ale. One regular summed it up best when he asked “great food, great beer, great people – what more do you want?”. What more indeed?
With its stunning views over Bradfield Moors, Sheffield’s Old Horns Inn at High Bradfield, Sheffield was named Thwaites Pub of the Year in 2011 and was described by one regular as “a real traditional English pub”.
The Fleece in Otley has been popular for years, with its guest cask ales and imported beers from around the world. Still home to its snug and tap room – relics of the pub trade long gone throughout most the country – it proves a hit with walkers and hikers, partially one assumes due to its real fire.
Located in the Yorkshire Dales, the Lion at Settle is based right in the heart of the market town. Again offering cask ales and a roaring fire. One regular described the venue as offering “a great taste of Yorkshire”.
The Forsters Arms at Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn is one pub that perhaps sums up how communities can feel about them. It closed in early 2011 but was rescued by a group of residents who took it into community ownership. It is now fully operational with a bar, kitchen, and tenant accommodation. The secret of its popularity is perhaps summed up by one regular who nominated the pub, who said “once you have been you will go and go again”.
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