Swap the city for the country with a trip to one of these wonderful country pubs…
Lockdown’s been eased and the pubs are starting to reopen, so it’s time to go back to your favourite country pubs. You can trundle around the countryside to work up an appetite before sitting down to a hearty lunch and a well-pulled pint. Prepare for stunning views and that fresh country air as you reacquaint ourselves with these lovely little watering holes.
You’ll find The Roebuck on an otherwise empty road just outside Otley. It boasts incredible views across the Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty, which is great for a pre-pint adventure. Inside, you’ll find a traditional pub with dark wooden furniture, cosy snug rooms and exposed brickwork. Sup local ales like Black Sheep or choose from over 30 hand-picked wines. If you fancy a bite too, you can’t go wrong with a menu of pub classics, made using locally sourced produce.
The Roebuck, 1 Roebuck Lane, Newall With Clifton, Otley, North Yorkshire, LS21 2EY. Bookings are advised, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Bingley Arms
The Bingley Arms in Bardsey is over 1,000 years old, making it the oldest pub in Britain. It’s full of quirky features, from the wooden beams to the Dutch oven in the lounge, the old priest holes in the chimney and the ancient yew tree in the beer garden that pre-dates the pub itself. Why not visit after a walk around the nearby Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve? You can settle down with their menu of British classics with a modern twist, which will go perfectly with guest Yorkshire ales on tap and a tempting wine list.
The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR. Bookings are advised, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch
The most Yorkshire pub name you’ll ever see, The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch in South Milford is a real gem of a country pub. Surrounded by acres of local countryside, it’s perfect for a post-walk pit-stop as you take five in a rustic watering hole. You’ll find a wide range of local ales on tap. Feeling fancy? They’ve got fine wine and classic cocktails too. Pair your drink with something proper pub grub made with locally sourced ingredients, like line-caught haddock and chips.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ. Bookings are advised, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Square and Compass
The Square and Compass is a proper country pub with a cosy feel. You can pop in after you’ve explored the nearby Almscliffe Crag and enjoy a well-earned break in their rustic bar area or head out into their massive beer garden. During the week, they serve stone-baked pizzas alongside pub favourites, but come Sunday, their roast is a winner. Pair your grub with a pint of Washburn’s, Theakstons’ or Leeds Brewery’s finest, while taking in the impressive views.
The Square and Compass, North Rigton, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ. Bookings are advised, but walk-ins are welcome.
Surrounded by the sweeping green fields and trees of the Chevin Forest Park, The Royalty is your go-to after a bracing walk. Take in the stunning views across Wharfedale from their massive beer garden or head inside to the traditional pub, full of rustic charm. You can choose from a range of Yorkshire ales on tap or choose from an extensive menu of wines and cocktails. Hungry? They have a hearty menu that changes with the seasons, but it’s their pies you’ll keep coming back for.
The Royalty, York Gate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG. Bookings are advised, but walk-ins are welcome.