Best Pubs in
Yorkshire You Must Visit

Much like a Sunday roast wouldn’t be the same without Yorkshire puddings, Yorkshire wouldn’t be the same without a traditional pub nearby. A welcoming old-world establishment full of friendly locals drinking and eating fine Yorkshire fare.

In truth, Yorkshire’s pubs are some of the best in the UK. They combine charming countryside with great real ale, not to mention some of the best local cuisine the nation has to offer. Toad in the hole, Wensleydale cheese, ginger beer and ginger cake. Who can forget the delicious Yorkshire tea?

Most of the pubs in Yorkshire are steeped in history, dating back hundreds of years. The result? Fascinating architecture, rustic design and a homely atmosphere with bar staff ready to welcome you with open arms. The only problem is deciding where to visit first. Here are some of the best Yorkshire pubs to visit while you’re there…


Friends enjoying a drink in a pub.


Best Pubs in North Yorkshire

The Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole

Surrounded by stunning countryside, this tiny pub is nestled in the North York Moors – an area made famous by the British TV series, Heartbeat. It’s just a stone’s throw from the wonderful coastal town of Whitby, so you can enjoy the stunning views and seaside fun before retreating for a delicious meal.

Comprising two bars which sandwich a small sweet shop in the middle, this is a very unique setting. It serves Beck Hole butties and beer cake washed down with local ales. This beer lover’s dream is a perfect place to recharge after a long day exploring the countryside.

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Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton

Looking for country pubs near York? Look no further than Ye Old Sun Inn. The multi-award-winning pub is set within acres of open land with quiet country roads leading up to it. Enjoy traditional cask ales plus a number of craft beers. There are also more than 35 gins, a variety of cocktails and an extensive wine list to choose from.

What sets this Yorkshire pub apart is the delectable food on offer. All dishes are made using the finest local ingredients, prepared by hand and cooked to order. While the menu is ever-changing, you can expect classics like sirloin steak, local sausages, stuffed chicken breast and pies of the day – all cooked to perfection.  

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Best pubs in the Yorkshire Dales

The White Lion Inn, Cray

A pretty little pub with stone flagged walls and floors. It is nestled between Cray, Buckden and Hubberholme, near to where JB Priestley had his ashes scattered. It’s said he found this area to be one of his favourites.

The pub oozes a rustic charm with low slung ceilings and a roaring log fire on the colder evenings. There is plenty of outside space to watch the nature go by and listen to the sounds of the babbling brook.

The bars can hold about 30 people comfortably but there is also a beautiful riverside garden to spill out onto, weather permitting. They serve trout and meat reared locally as well as the delicious Wensleydale cheese. A few drinks here will charm you so much you might never want to leave.

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The Tan Hill Inn, Richmond

If you are looking for something a little different, and you have the energy to find it, try visiting the Tan Hill Inn. It occupies a very remote site, high up in the Dales and is officially the highest pub in Great Britain.

Situated 1,732ft above sea level, it’s said to have its own resident ghost, a Mrs. Peacock who previously ran the pub for 40 years.

So, if you want to combine your thirst quenching with a bit of ghost hunting, then this is the perfect place. With extremely welcoming owners and spectacular views, you will definitely feel on top of the world at this Yorkshire pub.

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Best pubs in West Yorkshire

Bay Horse, Bradley (West)

If long walks surrounded by beautiful scenery are your thing then this pub is a welcome reward for your efforts.

The whitewashed walls of this stunning Inn sit in the village of Bradley on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The Inn is said to have been around since 1822 when it was owned by a local businessman. In this time only 500 people lived in the village and came to the Bay Horse to quench their thirst after a long day at the mills.

Now the Inn serves hearty pub food and a wide selection of tipples to walkers, locals and tourists alike. Relax, put your feet up and soak in the atmosphere.

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The Cow and Calf, Ilkley

This impressive Inn dates back to 1844 when part of it formed the country’s first hydropathic hotel – that’s water therapy to you and me. It still has many features from the Victorian era, like an old well which still stands proudly in the grounds.

With impressive views over Ilkley Moor, this pub is a perfect place to unwind after a day’s meandering. Relax by a roaring log fire and enjoy the delectable foods and fine ales on offer.

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Yorkshire’s best accommodation

Whether it’s a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales or an historic tour of North Yorkshire, there’s no better way to experience ‘God’s Own Country’ than a large holiday cottage from kate & tom’s.

We’ve found the most luxurious holiday cottages across Yorkshire for your enjoyment. Relax in the hot tub after a day in the Dales or load up the log fire on a clear winter’s evening – the choice is yours. Get in touch with our team on 01242 235151 to start planning your dream Yorkshire holiday.

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