Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2015 – Top 10

Written and researched by @Tom_Ashurst

It’s fair to say Yorkshire isn’t short of fine watering holes – whether they be cosy country inns, city-chic bars or delicious gastro-pubs. Below, we highlight the cream of the crop – the top 10 pubs in our favourite pub competition.

Our write up below, will hopefully give you an insight into some awesome places that are potentially on your doorstep.

Got a favourite from this list? Well give them a vote at www.yorkshire.com/pub

The Anvil Inn - Sawdon

The Anvil Inn, Sawdon

A mainstay in the Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub top 30 for the last couple of years, the Anvil Inn was a working forge from the 1700s up until as recently as 1985. The inn has been a finalist in the prestigious White Rose Awards for the last three years, and this is a testament to the quality of Yorkshire fare served here.

The food pulls on the local theme, with beef and pork locally farmed, game from Dalby Forest and fresh fish from nearby Whitby delivered daily which is always a good thing to see and the bar is not short on Yorkshire ale goodness, with offerings from Wold Top, Daleside, WharfeDale, Leeds, Rudgate, Great Newsome and Scarborough breweries. You’ll not struggle to find one that takes your fancy from that selection!

Bull Inn - West Tanfield

The Bull Inn, West Tanfield

Last year’s runner up, can the Bull Inn at West Tanfield go one step further a bag the Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub crown? This old traditional inn is set on the banks of the River Ure and is at the heart of the West Tanfield community. With the Yorkshire Dales nearby, this is an ideal stopping point when exploring Stage One of the 2014 Grand Départ, and there’s plenty of excellent cycling roads here to explore. They’ve got 5 comfy rooms to stay in, including one with a four-poster bed if that takes your fancy.

With Masham and its brewing titans, Theakstons and Black Sheep, on The Bull Inn’s doorstep, it’s obvious which beers they serve here. On top of these classics they offer a range of cask conditioned ales too which go great with their range of home-cooked dishes. Finally, they’ve got a great children’s menu too, making it an ideal stopping point when taking the little ones to nearby Lightwater Valley.

Craven Arms - Appletreewick

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

This gorgeous 16th Century Public House lies in the heart of Wharfdale in Appletreewick, a tiny village near Skipton and is absolutely brimming with character. The walls are filled with interesting and unusual artefacts and the owners have realised that the general public are tired of mass produced factory beers and lagers and so have fully got behind the micro-brewery revolution with a wide selection of remarkable tipples on offer. The food is locally sourced, tasty and well-priced and you’ll not leave this place hungry as the portions are nice and generous.

Perhaps the most remarkable part of this establishment though is The Cruck Barn, the first of its kind for 400 years, which is open behind the pub. The soaring oak trusswork, sourced from Bolton Abbey, carrying the traditional heather thatched roof, adds a unique atmosphere to any occasion and you’ll struggle to find a more unique building in the county. A true wow factor guaranteed here.

Crown And Cushion - Welburn

The Crown and Cushion, Welburn

Provenance Inns are no strangers to our Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition, having been runner up in 2012 with The Durham Ox in Crayke and having won in 2013 with The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk. The Crown and Cushion is one of the newest pubs in their burgeoning armoury.

The Provenance Inns slogan is “Inns in villages you’d like to live in” and The Crown and Cushion’s home, Welburn certainly fits into this category. A popular area for walkers and cyclists, Welburn is within throwing distance of one of Yorkshire’s finest landmarks, Castle Howard.

The bar is stocked with local Yorkshire beers and the roaring fires are welcoming (particularly in the winter!). The food is varied too, you can pop in for some pub classics like bangers & mash or fish & chips but if you’re feeling more like a feast then there’s steaks, roasts aplenty and seafood platters to sink your teeth into.

Fleece Inn - Barkisland

The Fleece Inn, Barkisland

A few of the pubs in the top 10 could lay claim to having the most scenic view from it, but The Fleece Inn at Barkisland arguably has the strongest case. Lying on the side of the Calder Valley, the panoramas possible from their impressive beer garden is absolutely fantastic on a sunny day. Many a lazy Sunday afternoon could be spent here.

Inside the pub, the décor is attractive, with wood beams and a stylish log burner. There’s also some excellent Tour de France Grand Départ pictures and keepsakes from when the race visited this part of the world in 2014, which evoke happy memories.

Their chef uses a modern Yorkshire style of cooking and lots of ingredients used are plucked from the pub’s garden. The food is plated in a stylish and sophisticated manor with bags of flavour too. As for the ales available, they’ve got an offering including Timothy Taylors, Stod Fold Brewing Company, Saltaire Brewery, Ossett Brewery and Little Valley Brewery to name just a few. Cheers!

Flying Duck - Ilkley

The Flying Duck, Ilkley

Ilkley is not short of a good pub or two and, in Wharfedale and Ilkley Brewery, the town has two wonderful ale producers. The Flying Duck is part of the Wharefedale Brewery’s offering, and incorporates its own brewing facilities in the barn at the rear of the pub.

This pub is packed full of character as it retains many of the building’s original features like York stone and, most impressively, the beamed ceilings. You can’t help but notice the real fire as you walk in and the bar serves nine real cask ales as well as a mixture of ciders, lagers and world beers too.

Quiz Night is well worth a look in, with beer tokens for the winners and their biannual charity beer festival not just brings interesting beers to Ilkley but also crucially raises money for some great local and national charities.

Royal Oak - Ripon

The Royal Oak, Ripon

The only city centre pub to make it into the Top 10 this year, the Royal Oak is nestled in the centre of the historic city of Ripon. Like all great pubs, the Royal Oak has plenty of history to it as it used to be an 18th Century Coaching Inn and is now a chic, bright and welcoming pub.

The pub is a Timothy Taylors pub which means you know you’re going to get a fine pint here. Landlord, Golden Best and Boltmaker are all available at The Royal Oak and there is also some other guest beers available from other Yorkshire breweries like Saltaire Brewery too. The kitchen serves a mixture of pub classics and their own unique, modern cuisine too. The Chef’s Signature menu has some real treats on it that are worth exploring.

With the many delights of Ripon to be explored, like it’s stunning cathedral, you might fancy taking advantage of the Royal Oak’s rooms too, which are all modern, comfortable and well finished.

Shibden Mill Inn - Shibden

Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden

A former winner (in 2011) and a regular in the top 10 of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition, The Shibden Mill Inn is a model of consistency and has for years been delivering top drawer service that keeps the locals flocking back.

Situated in the picturesque Shibden Valley, just outside Halifax, the pub is an ideal retreat for anyone looking to escape to the countryside for a fine pint or two. If you fancy a few more than that, then the inn has a selection of great rooms, with the Bower Suite rivalling any bedroom you could find in Yorkshire.

The food is locally sourced and delicious – their Sunday roast is up there with the best Yorkshire has to offer – and a wonderful selection of Cask Marque accredited real ales make a great accompaniment too.

Star @ Sancton

The Star @ Sancton

The Star @ Sancton is a proper Yorkshire family affair with Owner and Chef Ben producing some delightful dishes with partner Lindsey providing a knowledgeable and friendly face on arrival too. The pub’s commitments to local produce is highly commendable and also rewarding for guests as the food the pub produces is of a very high standard.

The pub, as it says in the name, can be found in Sancton, which is a small village at the heart of The Wolds – so it’s in an ideal location for the keen cyclist who fancies some top sustenance before wheeling out into the rolling plains that this neck of the woods has (and was also enjoyed during Stage 2 of the Inaugural Tour de Yorkshire).

The pub is flying the flag for East Yorkshire as its sole representative in the Top 10 and you can tell why they’ve made it this far as it’s an ideal place to stop in for a pint from local brewers such as Great Newsome Brewery.

Woodman Inn - Thunderbridge

The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge

Nestled near the South Pennines and not too far from the Peak District too, The Woodman Inn is a haven for walkers with a mixture of easy rambles and trickier trails a mere stone’s throw away from the pub. With the likes of the Pennine Way, the Bronte Way and Denby Dale nearby, you can work up an appetite before stopping in at this country pub.

The pub itself is a modern, sophisticated place with a delicious menu. Their sharing platter of Yorkshire Tapas is a treat for the taste buds and their Woodman burger is definitely a crowd pleaser. There’s some great local ales too from Huddersfield’s Small World Beers and Bradfield Brewery too.

If you fancy making more of a stay of it, then their rooms are smart and clean. A special mention has to go to their superior and deluxe suites, which have been recently renovated from 3 former weavers cottages and are stunning.

So there you have it, the class of 2015! Have your say and vote today: www.yorkshire.com/pub



3 Responses to Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2015 – Top 10

  1. Sarah palmer manser says:

    The craven arms is a delight and very welcoming ,perfect interior and fab food faultless

  2. Irene Miller says:

    Visited yesterday. What a find, wonderful “old” pub so full of character, great choice of real beer and fantastic food with generous portions and good price. Pity no place to stay, will certainly be back. Friendly and helpful staff. Thanks.

  3. Steve says:

    Craven arms Appletreewick

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