Now, before I even start on this list I know this is going to be hugely contentious!
Yorkshire is the land of cosy country pubs, centuries-old inns and delightful little bars that you could happily squirrel yourself away in for an afternoon. How can I possibly pick just 10 pubs from a list as long as a yard of ale?
With difficulty, but I think this selection of the top 10 pubs in Yorkshire covers pretty much everything you would expect in a good old-fashioned Yorkshire pub: character, history and of course a hearty Yorkshire welcome.
The top 10 pubs in Yorkshire
1. Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole [North York Moors]
This teensy pocket-sized pub is tucked away in the pretty village of Beck Hole around 10 miles south of Whitby. Walking into Birch Hall is like talking a step back in time; the olde worlde feel has been preserved perfectly, down to the rather surreal 1860 sweet shop nestled between the two bars.
2. Hales Bar [Harrogate]
Probably the oldest and most definitely the best looking pub in town, take a step back in time in this historic, gas-lit stunner of a bar. Adorned with cherry-red leather ‘old boy’s club’ seating, decorative mirrors and dark wood bars, it’s the perfect spot to try a few Yorkshire ales.
3. Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw [Yorkshire Dales]
Not many pubs can claim to have their own waterfall. Standing as guardian to the magnificent Hardraw Force, the Green Dragon will relieve you of a small fee from you as you pass through to access the falls. It’s worth lingering on your way back through to enjoy one of the ales on offer.
4. Queens Arms, Litton [Yorkshire Dales]
Whitewashed, award-winning 17th century inn found in Litton, near Skipton. The bar is stocked with a good supply of real ales, including its own range of Litton Ales brewed on site. Lovely, lovely pub and great for dining too.
5. The Black Horse, Whitby [Yorkshire Coast]
One of the oldest in Whitby, The Black Horse dates back to the 16th century. Not a looker on the outside, the traditional interior is split over two cosy rooms featuring one of the oldest public serving bars in Europe. Regularly voted pub of the year, it has an excellent choice of real ales and continental lagers, as well as a decent tapas menu if you’re feeling peckish. Often home to some of the local folk singers in the area, swing your pint along to some bracing sea shanties…
6. The Trembling Madness [York]
This simply had to feature one of York’s many top pubs – said to be home to a pub for every day of the year. Trembling Madness on Stonegate is a current favourite. Housed in the first floor of this 12th century medieval hall, it sits above a real ale shop on ground floor. Great, friendly atmosphere – a bit studenty yes but all the students from York Uni are terribly nice! Delicious food platters too.
7. Fox and Hounds, Goldsborough [North York Moors / Yorkshire Coast]
Right back to the traditional Yorkshire pub, the Fox and Hounds in the North York Moors has made a name for itself in recent years with its superb menu. Hidden away in the countryside between Sandsend and Runswick Bay, this Yorkshire dining pub is an absolute find.
8. Falcon Inn, Arncliffe [Yorkshire Dales]
Ready for some old school Yorkshire? The Falcon Inn is a rambling, eccentric pub in Arncliffe where time has stood still for the last century. The beer here is served as it used to be...straight from the barrel to your glass via a porcelain jug – fantastic!
9. Craven Arms, Appletreewick [Yorkshire Dales]
In our opinion, this 16th century inn near Appletreewick in Wharfedale is probably one of the best pubs in England. The obligatory log fires, stone floors and oak beamed ceilings are all present and correct and as well as a romantic beer garden with views to die for. Good choice of ales and traditional comfort food too.
10. Fountaine Inn, Linton in Craven [Yorkshire Dales]
A traditional inn with a contemporary twist – good option for lunch with food served all day, the Fountaine in Linton-in-Craven is a charming old pub recently refurbished throughout. Idyllic setting too.
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