It’s time to leave the city and delve into the wonders of the Yorkshire countryside, with these amazing country pubs around Leeds and beyond.
As much as we love the bars of the city centre, there’s nothing like going on an adventure into Yorkshire and discovering the amazing country pubs that are within easy reach of Leeds. From hearty food and classic drinks to stunning views and that all important country air, next time you’re looking to try something new, why not head out of the city?
The Boundary House
If you’re looking for country pubs that retain their old school charm but have been brought up to date with modern decor, look no further than The Boundary House in Methley. They specialise in quality local produce, turning it into well-respected dishes like their Barnsley lamb rump and wild mushroom risotto. The bar is chock full of craft beers, cocktails and wines, but if you get peckish after a couple of those, they also do bar snacks like Scotch eggs, meat sticks and pork pies.
The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.
The Lister Arms
Just a short walk away from Malham Cove is a real Yorkshire gem. The Lister Arms prides itself on being a home from home with a welcoming atmosphere in a beautiful setting. A traditional coaching inn, it has kept up with the times, balancing its heritage with home-cooked food and a bar full of tempting drinks. So whether you fancy a post-walk bite or a night of luxury after exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there aren’t many better.
The Lister Arms, Malham, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DB.
The Tan Hill Inn
The Tan Hill Inn is one of the most remote country pubs in Yorkshire. It stands at the top of a 1732-foot hill which makes it the highest pub in Britain, and although it’ll take around 90 minutes to get there, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales on the way. Once you arrive, pause to take in the incredible 360-degree views, before you head inside the pub. It’s traditional through and through with a roaring fire, wooden beams and cobbled walls. They have Yorkshire ales on tap, as well as classic pub grub, and if you don’t fancy the drive back, you can even stay the night.
The Tan Hill Inn, Long Causeway, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6ED.
For hundreds of years, Dick Hudsons has been a staple of Bingley hospitality. The pub has been around since the 18th-century, serving up quality food and drink to its customers, making it one of the must-visit country pubs near Leeds. Set on the edge of Rombalds Moor, head out to see the gorgeous local countryside before retiring back to the pub where you can enjoy classic British fare and a drink or two.
Dick Hudsons, Otley Road, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 3BA.
The Rustic Arms
About 40 minutes outside of Leeds is the village of Ackworth, where you’ll find a country pub with possibly the most perfect name you’ll ever see. The Rustic Arms is set in over an acre of land which means it has a cracking beer garden, enclosed by the countryside and blessed with brilliant views of the nearby fishing lake. They have a home-cooked and freshly prepared food menu which you can wash down with classic ales, spirits and wine.
The Rustic Arms, 7 Long Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7EZ.
The Bull at Broughton
Out towards Skipton, The Bull at Broughton is one of those classic pubs that you can’t help but fall in love with. From the stunning building and outside seating in the magnificent Yorkshire countryside to the seasonal produce hand-picked from the best local suppliers they can find, you will be well looked after. Top it off with local real ales or carefully selected wines for a memorable day out of the city.
The Bull at Broughton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE.
You’ll find The Roebuck just outside Otley on an empty road with no neighbours – the views are incredible as you look out across rolling hills from the terrace or the beer garden. Inside, it’s got a traditional feel with dark wooden furniture, a cosy snug and exposed vintage brickwork, but it’s been brought up to date with smart, modern touches. You can sup a local ale like Black Sheep or choose something from the wine list, which will wash down a menu made with quality local produce – their beef is from Rawdon, their sausages are from Ilkley and their seafood comes from the North East coast.
The Roebuck, 1 Roebuck Lane, Newall With Clifton, Otley, North Yorkshire, LS21 2EY.
The Woolpack Country Inn
Tucked in between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, and just 18 miles from Leeds, The Woolpack Country Inn is packed full of history and worth an extra bit of effort to get to. It’s been there since the 18th century, but the food is well up to today’s standards with plenty of favourites to devour, like belly pork or lamb shank. You can wash it down with local ales and an extensive wine list. It’s perfect for a post-walk pitstop as they allow muddy boots and dirty dogs.
The Woolpack Country Inn, Whitley Road, Whitley, West Yorkshire, WF10 0LZ.
The Grouse Inn
The Grouse Inn is a charming pit-stop on the edge of the Peak District, around 7 miles from Sheffield and an hour down the M1 from Leeds. The stunning views across the surrounding countryside make for perfect viewing from the beer garden in the summer, while the open fire keeps folk warm in the winter. While you’re there, you can enjoy an impressive selection of quality Yorkshire ales and classic pub grub.
The Grouse Inn, Longshaw, Near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7TZ.
Shoulder of Mutton
From walls covered in climbing plants to low ceilings and traditional fireplaces, The Shoulder of Mutton is full of rustic charm. It’s just a few miles outside Harrogate in a picturesque village surrounded by countryside – the pub itself dates back to the 1880s, so it’s got loads of history. While you’re there, you can treat yourself to real ales from the likes of Black Sheep and Timothy Taylor, which you can pair with a choice of British classics and continental favourites, all cooked fresh using the best local produce.
Shoulder of Mutton, Main Street, Kirkby Overblow, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1HD.
The Plough Inn
Burton Salmon straddles the border of West and North Yorkshire and is home to one of the finest country pubs near Leeds. The Plough Inn is full of character with features that date back as far as the 17th century, like the low vaulted-ceiling. It specialises in real ales with Thwaites on constantly and a revolving door policy so you can try some of the best local breweries. They’ll wash down a restaurant menu that brings modern dishes together with traditional fare, as well as a more straightforward bar menu.
The Plough Inn, Main Street, Burton Salmon, North Yorkshire, LS25 5JS.
The Anchor Inn
The Anchor Inn is one of the best country pubs in North Yorkshire. It’s a 40-minute drive from Leeds in the picturesque village of Whixley. Once there, you’ll find a traditional pub with oak beams, open fires and an extensive beer garden that looks out over acres of fields. Choose from four ever-changing cask pumps, as well as lager, wine or spirits, which you can pair with their carvery menu 7 days-a-week.
The Anchor Inn, New Road, Whixley, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 8AG.
The Fox and Grapes
Just past the stunning village of Thorner is a tiny community called Kiddal Lane End that’s home to The Fox and Grapes. It’s a popular watering hole with loads of character, from the wooden beams to the snug rooms. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, they have a mammoth menu of grills, burgers and British classics. And you can pair your meal with your pick of craft beer, wine and cocktails.
The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.
The Bankhouse Inn
Don’t say we didn’t warn you – the views from The Bankhouse Inn are amongst the best you’ll find at any of the country pubs around Leeds. You can see for miles and miles from the impressive beer garden and inside they have plenty more to offer. There’s a straightforward menu of pub classics to tuck into during the week, but if you ask us, you should make the most of this countryside haunt on a Sunday where you can enjoy that view with a cracking roast and a pint of Yorkshire’s finest.
The Bankhouse Inn, 40 Bankhouse Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 8EB.
The Three Acres
The Three Acres is a historic inn in the heart of Huddersfield’s Pennine countryside which used to be a place for farmers to come after moving their livestock. It’s now a renowned country pub, but people don’t just come for a few ales or a glass of wine. Head Chef Tom Davies creates incredible seasonal menus made with produce sourced nearby, so you can look forward to dishes like British Coastal Lobster, Fillet of Beef Stroganoff and Noisette of New Seasons Lamb.
The Three Acres, 37-41 Roydhouse, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LR.
The Cow and Calf
Named after the famous landmark that sits just across the road on top of Ilkley Moor, The Cow and Calf is one of the best country pubs around Leeds. They have a hearty menu as you’d expect, featuring the likes of seared fillet of sea bass, slow-cooked ham hock and hunter’s chicken. You’ll want to peer at the wine menu as well as the range of craft beers behind the bar. They even have thirteen rooms, so you can have a few drinks and stay the night after a few hours exploring the local countryside.
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
The Old Glen House
Just a few minutes from the Shipley Glen tramway lies a stunning country pub on Baildon Moor. The classic Yorkshire bricks, wood-burning stoves and huge beer garden with amazing views make The Old Glen House well worth a trip out of the city – especially if you have the pooch with you as it’s super dog-friendly. You can look forward to delicious pub grub and a mean Sunday roast, which you can pair with ales, wine and spirits.
The Old Glen House, Prod Lane, Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD17 5BN.
The Castle Inn
In the shadow of Skipton Castle, this traditional inn is one of the best in Yorkshire. It’s a grade II listed country pub that dates back to the early 1800s and you can feel the history as soon as you walk inside – the traditional mahogany bar and snug booths make it a warm, welcoming venue. You can get a great pint, with local breweries like Theakston on tap, and the food is just as good – choose from a menu of Yorkshire favourites, like liver and onions and Whitby scampi.
The Castle Inn, 2 Mill Bridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1NJ.
The Inn, Scarcroft
Aside from the oodles of Yorkshire countryside that make The Inn one of the best country pubs you’ll come across near Leeds, it’s pretty darn good at food and drink too. Whether you want the likes of steak and mushroom pie with mash or something a little more creative like the lamb duo, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The same goes for their drinks offering, as you take your pick of local ales or a wine menu of 40 different labels.
The Inn, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3AT.
The Bingley Arms
Arguably Great Britain’s oldest pub, The Bingley Arms in Bardsey is over 1,000 years old, going back to the times of the Viking invasion of Britain – and it’s still one of the finest country pubs around Leeds. Off the beaten path and next to a pretty little stream, it blends an incredible history with a tasty offering that includes proper British dishes with a modern twist thanks to their forward-thinking chef. There’s a range of guest ales from Yorkshire on tap and a healthy supply of wine too – here’s to another 1,000 years.
The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR.
The Crooked Billet
You’ll find The Crooked Billet in Saxton, just outside of Tadcaster, right in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. It’s not flashy, but they do fair-priced pub grub very well, as well as a range of drinks that should keep the thirst away. Better still, just around the corner is a former War of the Roses battlefield so you can get a bit of history, some fresh air and a cracking feed all in one trip out to the country.
The Crooked Billet, Saxton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN.
The Brown Cow
The Brown Cow is a charming country pub nestled in a picturesque site overlooking the River Aire on the outskirts of Bingley. St Ives Estate is just across the road, so it’s a popular spot for walkers and they even let you bring the dog inside. You can expect a rustic decor and a relaxed atmosphere as you knock back a few Timothy Taylor beers. It’s great if you fancy a bite to eat too – expect homestyle cooking from a menu that includes fish & chips and pie & mash. Or pop in on a Sunday for their famous roast dinner.
The Brown Cow, Ireland Bridge, Bingley, North Yorkshire, BD16 2QX.
The Red Lion, Bramham
The Red Lion in Bramham sets a high standard for country pubs in Leeds. You can grab a pint of local ale, tuck into some hearty grub and enjoy a traditional pub that has got bags of old-school character. Situated on The Square at the heart of Bramham, it’s a proper local pub that has an amazing riverside beer garden and that all-important countryside feel – they just don’t make them like this anymore.
The Red Lion, The Square, Bramham, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6QU.
The Sportsman’s Arms
It’s an hour out of the city but The Sportsman’s Arms is one of the finest country pubs near Leeds. At the heart of Nidderdale in Pateley Bridge, it’s a pub with lots of character and you might just struggle not to fall head over heels for it. The bar is decorated with loads of retro trinkets and serves up a range of real ales, wines and spirits. The restaurant menu will have you stocking up on a range of game, which is a speciality here, before you head out to explore one of the most picturesque parts of Yorkshire.
The Sportsman’s Arms, Wath-In-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5PP.
The Fountaine Inn, Linton
A beautiful pub in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Fountaine Inn is one of the finest watering holes you’ll come across and it’s a particular favourite for walkers and explorers making the most of the nearby scenery. This historic, idyllic building is a treat for the eyes and once you’re inside, you’ll find the perfect venue for a bite to eat or a well-deserved drink. They keep it all quite informal, even if it tastes top drawer. With the likes of Grassington, Bolton Abbey and Stump Cross Cavern merely minutes away, you can really make a day of it.
The Fountaine Inn, Linton-In-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ.
The Airedale Heifer is as Yorkshire as it gets – there’s the name for starters and the big metal cow statue outside. You’ll find it in the picturesque village of Sandbeds, which is just a short walk from East Riddlesden Hall, a 17th-century manor house that makes for a great day out. Their beer offering is unique – they brew their own Bridgehouse Brewery ales here and you can try them all. If you need a bite to eat, they have a menu of classic home-cooked pub grub to keep you going too.
Airedale Heifer, Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5LY.
The General Tarleton
The General Tarleton is one of the best country pubs near Leeds – it’s got five AA stars for its restaurant and an amazing cocktail menu to boot. It does something not many others can, fuse together luxury, history and character to create a quite spectacular venue. They have one of the most lauded pub menus around while their GT Cocktail Lounge is a treat – but if you want to go all out, they have thirteen bedrooms, so you can make a weekend of it.
The General Tarleton, Boroughbridge Road, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0PZ.
The Boathouse Inn
Surrounded by lush green countryside on the banks of the River Aire, you might struggle to find a pub like The Boathouse Inn anywhere else. Inside they’ve managed to blend modern design while maintaining the pub’s heritage, which sits well when you’re tucking into a Sunday roast or a plate of sausage and mash. Top it all off with a tipple from their extensive wine list or range of craft beer and you won’t want the day to end, especially when you’re looking out over the water.
The Boathouse Inn, Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LA.
The Wellington Inn
An 18th-century coaching inn encircled by swathes of greenery on all four sides, The Wellington Inn is a must-visit. It’s 50 minutes from Leeds in the quaint village of Darley and is popular with walkers exploring nearby Nidderdale. You can enjoy a quiet pint in a classic stone pub with vintage tiled floors, an open fireplace and a huge beer garden. Need a right good feed? Head into their modern restaurant for classics like roast belly pork and creamy fish pie.
The Wellington Inn, Main Street, Darley, Harrogate, HG3 2QQ.
The Strines Inn
We don’t want to send you too far out of your way, but just an hour out of the city centre down the M1, lies a historic 13th-century inn that is still one of the finest pubs you’ll come across. The Strines Inn is at the South Yorkshire tip of the Peak District, so you can imagine what the scenery is like, especially with a pretty reservoir in its sightline. They have a menu of British favourites to back up the setting, as well as guest ales, but a visit here is all about the setting.
The Strines Inn, Bradfield Dale, Bradfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6JE.
The Smiths Arms
The Smiths Arms is a traditional watering hole on the outskirts of Harrogate. It’s got everything you could want from a country pub – an old brick building, wooden beams and low ceilings. It doesn’t matter what time of year you come either as they have a roaring fire going in the winter and their secluded garden is perfect for outdoor beers in the summer. If you’re there for a few drinks, you can choose from real ales, spirits or wine, and if you need a bite to eat, they cook up hearty pub grub.
The Smiths Arms, Church Row, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QW.
The Red Lion Hotel
The Red Lion Hotel is a picture-perfect country pub an hour from Leeds. It’s a 16th-century former ferryman’s inn with a stone facade half-covered in climbing plants. Duck through the low doorway and into an oak-panelled bar where a vast selection of local ales await. Hungry? Enjoy light bites in the pub or head to the Brasserie for a proper sit down meal made using local produce. And if you want to go all out, you can stay overnight in the pub or next door in The Manor House.
The Red Lion Hotel, By the Bridge at Burnsall, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6BU.
The Sun Inn, Flockton
Just in between Dewsbury and Wakefield, The Sun at Flockton is one of the best country pubs around. They have a menu full of homemade and locally sourced produce, whether it’s a sarnie for lunch or something a little more refined in the evening, and you can wash it down with guest beers and wines. Best of all though, they have some cracking views of the local countryside which you can enjoy from their extensive beer garden out back.
The Sun Inn, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4DW.
The New Inn, Thornton Le Dale
At the heart of the charming village of Thornton-Le-Dale, The New Inn is a picture perfect throwback of a pub. The little features like exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces complement the food and drink on offer perfectly. They dish up local produce, in a menu that features loads of favourites, from veggie curry to fillet steaks, and you can follow it with one of their three local cask ales which change on a regular basis.
The New Inn, The Square, Thornton-Le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LF.
The Kestrel is a charming country pub just outside Knaresborough. This traditional cottage-style building is surrounded by greenery, so it’s ideal if the sun’s shining and you want a pint outside in the beer garden. Inside it’s all exposed brickwork, roaring fires and wooden-beamed ceilings. There’s loads of real ales at the bar, which will go down well with something from their versatile menu – there’s everything from ham, egg and chips to venison. And if you want to make a proper trip of it, it also doubles as a hotel.
The Kestrel, Plompton, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8LY.
The Pax Inn, Thorp Arch
As country pubs around Leeds go, The Pax Inn is a fantastic hidden gem in the pretty village of Thorp Arch which is just on the outskirts of Wetherby. Open Tuesday through Sunday, this old-school stone building is home to a varied menu of British classics and global cuisine, as well as five real ale pumps from the likes of Roosters, Abbeydale and Moorhouse breweries. And you can enjoy the lot in a lovely atmosphere for those looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Pax Inn, Thorp Arch, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7AR.
The Square and Compass, North Rigton
Within walking distance of Almscliffe Crag, The Square and Compass in North Rigton near Harrogate is one of those pubs you really need to visit when you’re taking in the countryside outside of Leeds. The kitchen serves up seasonal grub that’s nearly all sourced from local suppliers. Whether it’s for their pizzas in the week or roasts on a Sunday, you can wash it all down with a pint of Washburn’s, Theakstons’ or Leeds Brewery’s finest, while taking in their pretty impressive views.
The Square and Compass, North Rigton, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ.
The Shibden Mill Inn
The Shibden Mill Inn is one of the best country pubs in Yorkshire. It’s got a vast beer garden with views across the Shibden Valley or you can head inside the 17th-century pub to enjoy the open fires, low ceilings and cosy bar. You’ll find local ales and an extensive wine list, alongside a refined menu of classic British dishes like Yorkshire pork belly, halibut loin and glazed ox cheek. There’s enough here to make you want to stay the night in one of the 11 five-star rooms.
The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch
If you come across a pub with a more Yorkshire name than The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, then you have to tell us. This South Milford pub has everything you’re looking for in a country pub. About half an hour away from the city centre, it blends modern touches with a traditional rustic decor, both inside and out. They have a range of local ales on tap as well as wines and cocktails. Their food menu includes the likes of corn-fed chicken and lamb loin with ingredients sourced locally from the likes of Sykes House Farm and Hebden & Poole.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.
The only thing that disturbs the incredible countryside in this part of Otley is The Royalty – it’s surrounded by fields in the heart of the Chevin Forest Park and offers stunning views across Wharfedale. This is the perfect place for a pre-walk meal or a post-cycle pint. There’s a traditional roaring fire to welcome you inside, and you can look forward to a wholesome feed thanks to a menu that changes with the seasons – their homemade pies are famous in these parts. They have loads of local ales on tap and if you’ve got the pooch, you can bring them along for the visit.
The Royalty, York Gate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG.
The Craven Arms
The 16th-century Craven Arms is a special pub surrounded by fields and animals. You’ll have a choice of eight different ales from breweries all over Yorkshire and a menu made up of hearty dishes using fresh local produce. While the food and drink is renowned, it’s the place itself that will impress. Not only is the stunning Yorkshire Dales all around, but the pub features gas lighting, real log fires and stone-flagged floors. They also welcome dogs, bikes and boots if you’ve been exploring, and you should check out the traditional Cruck Barn attached to the rear.
The Craven Arms, Burnsall, Appletreewick, West Yorkshire, BD23 6DA.
The Sun Inn
For over 200 years, The Sun Inn has been one of the stand-out country pubs near to Leeds. It’s situated in the Washburn Valley, on the outskirts of Harrogate and just a stone’s throw away from the Lindley, Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, making it the perfect spot for a rest once you’ve finished exploring the breathtaking local scenery. Expect log fires and stunning views to go alongside a pint of real ale and some hearty, locally sourced dishes.
The Sun Inn, Brame Lane, Norwood, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1SZ.
The Causeway Foot Inn
A gem of a pub in the sprawling hills North of Halifax, The Causeway Foot Inn is well worth the 50-minute drive. It’s surrounded by greenery with stunning views from the beer garden. Inside, you’ll find a cosy 18th-century pub with classic mahogany furniture and open fireplaces. You can enjoy a pint of local real ale in the dog-friendly Ramblers bar, which is popular with walkers, or head next door for a traditional feed in Kirby’s Bistro restaurant.
The Causeway Foot Inn, 13 Causeway Foot, Ogden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 8XX.
The Devonshire Arms
Bolton Abbey and its acres of surrounding greenery is one of the best country days out you can have near Leeds, and you can treat yourself to a bit of luxury while you’re at it thanks to The Devonshire Arms. Pop in for a drink, or even better, stay to eat – their dining menus have been created by renowned chefs Nick Sharpe and Paul Evans, so you know you’re in for a treat that’s just as good as the views.
The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, West Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ.
The New Inn, Appletreewick
Looking out across the River Wharfe and Simon’s Seat in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The New Inn in Appletreewick is a sight to behold and just an hour from Leeds city centre. To go with those stunning views, it’s a lovely traditional Yorkshire pub that welcomes everyone from walkers and horse riders to children and dogs. They have plenty of local real ales, as well as wines and spirits at the bar. Their food menu of hearty classic dishes, from steak to chilli con carne, will provide you with all the sustenance you need after a day out in the countryside.
The New Inn, Main Street, Appletreewick, West Yorkshire, BD23 6DA.