Best Pub Food in Yorkshire

best pub food in yorkshire star harome

Best Pub Food in Yorkshire

Soul and Fire

If you hit lucky, fine dining pub-style used to mean a wilting Cornish pasty and a bag of Scampi Fries. Mmm… carbs.

Now, we expect much more. There’s no longer an excuse for grotty food and even grottier service. Yet, while pub grub – and that modern crossover staple the gastropub – go from strength to strength, don’t you wish for a little more heart and soul in the whole experience?

You know; roaring fire, Yorkshire hospitality, oodles of genuine character. Pub dining should be an experience that’s separate from restaurant dining or pub boozing. Here are our strict recommendations for a heartfelt welcome and a heart-warming bit of proper Yorkshire bite.

“Ramshackle interior”

the star harome helmsleyTHE STAR, Harome
600 years old and achingly pretty in its thatched, floral splendour, The Star in Harome retains a crucial, much sought-after rustic charm alongside truly inventive modern cuisine. Traditionally pubby, with charismatic dark beams and a lovely log fire, this nails everything a food pub should be. Much of the produce comes from their own gardens and nearby farms and an attached delicatessen is to die for. Be warned however: arrive early to guarantee a seat.
YO62 5JE – 01439 770397

crab and lobster asenbyCRAB & LOBSTER, Asenby
The elegantly ramshackle interior of this wonderfully feature-heavy pub/restaurant belies a thoroughly sophisticated and modern menu. There’s curio on top of bric-a-brac around the walls. The charismatic L-shaped bar hosts an upholsterer’s dream of antique high-backed chairs, heaps of cushions, theatrical corner seats and settees. There’s a beautiful Hansel and Gretel-esque exterior and a nice dining area to the rear with a Mediterranean feel.
YO7 3QL – 01845 577286

boars head ripley exteriorBOAR’S HEAD, Ripley
Don’t worry about the attached hotel; this is an English (and Yorkshire) village pub par excellence. Historic yet informal, brimming with fascinating bric-a-brac and adjacent to lovely Ripley castle. This should hold enough attention for a young family and satisfy the most discerning pub goer. An ever-changing menu delivers fine food that shuns pretension.
HG3 3AY – 01423 771888

“Upbeat atmosphere”

malt shovel brearton exteriorMALT SHOVEL, Brearton
Intelligent refurbishing has given this 16th Century pub a neat modern spruce without losing any of its vital historic character. Central to an idyllic village and surrounded by breathtaking countryside, the excellent and imaginative food is served in a variety of different eating rooms each with their own individual personality. Speaking of personalities, the licensees are opera singers and their famous (notorious?) Opera Nights certainly ensure a memorable evening for all!
HG3 3BX – 01423 862929

black sheep brewery masham exteriorBLACK SHEEP BREWERY, Masham
Flirting with bistro-blandness but saved by friendly staff and the simple fact that the famous brewery is attached. It’s a vast space too, with steel, wood and stone combining for a modern yet homely feel. More of a working advertisement for Black Sheep than a comely pub setting (there’s a great brewery tour available), but you’ll still enjoy the excellent and hearty pub fare and the upbeat atmosphere.
HG4 4EN – 01765 680100

general tarleton interiorGENERAL TARLETON, Ferrensby
A recent smart refurb has scrubbed up this proud 250 year old coaching inn without losing any of its alcove-y charm. Stone walls and open fires combine with interesting and appealing brasserie food to create an informal and pleasant atmosphere. The GT (as it’s known locally) also hosts a delightful tree-lined garden and a covered courtyard.
HG5 0PZ – 01423 340284

“Carvings on the wall”

durham ox crayke exteriorDURHAM OX, Crayke
Sat on the very hill that The Grand Old Duke marched his men up (and back down again) this bustling, super-friendly establishment’s traditional copper, brass and roaring fire mood match with its traditional and hearty pub food. There’s something of a museum feel, with local history and carvings adorning the walls. The dining area is sophisticated. The views across Herriott country are pretty much unsurpassable too.
YO61 4TE – 01347 821506

hervey's wine bar holmfirth exteriorHERVEY’S WINE BAR, Holmfirth
Nestling in the postcard-pretty village of Holmfirth and basking in wonderful countryside, Hervey’s is actually more of a trad pub than a wine bar . It comes, of course, with the eternal Last of The Summer Wine claim–to-fame attached. Food is simple, clean, traditional pub fare. But if it’s an authentic and welcoming  taste of Yorkshire (and a glimpse of Nora Batty’s wrinkled stockings) you’re after, then look no further. Oh, good musical line-up too!
HD9 7BB – 01484 686925

“Cool and minimal”

the fox menston exteriorTHE FOX, Menston
This famous inn, handily located just a couple of miles outside of Otley, comes with a rising reputation for quality and comfort. Expertly managing that tricky pub conundrum of modern style and traditional charm (the open fire is terrific). The excellent choices of real ale complement a fine and uncomplicated menu with some intelligent options. Plus, the stylish, modern interiors ooze comfort and relaxation.
LS29 6EB – 01943 873024

midnight bell leeds exteriorTHE MIDNIGHT BELL, Leeds
The first pub from the award-winning Leeds Brewery has a burgeoning reputation as a must-visit city-centric location. Enhanced by a terrific Sunday lunch menu and interesting, ever-changing evening gastro-food. Its grade II listed re-developed building helps too. The interior is cool and minimal but with plenty of crucial character. A great venture from a promising young company.
LS11 5QN – 0113 2445044


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