Gods own county is well-known for quite a few nicely reconised brewerys – think Theakson, Black Sheep and Samuel Smith. Over the years the micro-brewery zone has come to be more and more famous so its uncommon to discover a Yorkshire village with out a pub many were; initially drovers’ inns or coaching inns. Increasingly, these are including (or smartening up) bedrooms, and offering more than the wellknown pub-grub. The best of these have saved original features like stone flags, huge fireplaces and low-beamed ceilings and the robust flavoursome food, and just added a layer of comfort and finesse for 21st-century guests. The warmth, humour and crack, however, remain the same. Here's our guide to the best pubs with rooms in Yorkshire.
THE PIPE AND GLASS
9/10 Secret Yorkshire Rating
You don’t find this place by accident; a few miles short of Beverley in a village called South Dalton, it is well off the beaten track. It is sustained, instead, by a fantastic reputation among locals and its one star listing in the Michelin Guide. On this particular Monday lunchtime it is thriving, with barely enough room for our Ford Fiesta to slot in among the Range Rovers and Mercs (it attracts that kind of visitor, too) in the adjoining car park.
Inside it is blessed with all the qualities you would imagine – open fireplaces, brassy pumps etc. – but is not quite your typical country pub. You see, Pipe and Glass is a grand old property, and beyond the bar there is further seating to be found in the main dining room, upstairs private dining room and even overnight accommodation available in a duo of rooms charmingly named “Thyme” and “Sage”.
It says something, then, that there is only just enough space for us to eat in the bar after an interminable few minutes spent hawking round those eating their desserts like hungry grim reapers. Covers here are clearly prized (we really should have booked ahead), and from the eat-me menus it is easy to see why. Smoked mallard salad with crispy duck heart croutons, Liquorice panna cotta, Chocolate and juniper pudding – to put it mildly: James Mackenzie’s food plays to our basest of epicurean desires.
THE WENSLEYDALE HEIFER
8/10 Secret Yorkshire Rating
The cheerful Wensleydale Heifer is an attractive 17th-century inn, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and surrounded by pretty countryside. There are 13 rooms, nine with traditional décor in the original building and four themed rooms in a newer annexe across the courtyard. The latter may not be to everyone’s taste but they are nothing if not original: Chocolate Heaven has a cherub-heavy mural above the bath, the James Herriot comes with a box set of All Creatures Great and Small, and Night At the Movies, has black walls, a vaulted beamed ceiling and silver furniture. The first-class restaurant is frequently recommended in the Michelin Guide.
THE ANGEL INN
8/10 Secret Yorkshire Ratin
Set in the picture postcard village of Hetton, near to Skipton is the characterful Angel Inn. Not only does the building have its own story to tell, the history of the food served could have its own book entirely. The Angel’s late owner Denis Watkins was named ‘The Godfather of the Gastropub’ and received a ‘Catey’ award for the best Pub Operation in the country after they changed the face of pub food throughout Britain back in 1985. Moving away from the scampi and chips and surprising diners with their mangetout and new potatoes, as well as making their selected wine list an integral part of the pub dining experience.