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40 Country Pubs That Are Worth Leaving the City For

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Head out into the countryside to visit one of these marvellous pubs.

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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?

1. The Boundary House

The Boundary House, Methley

If you’re looking for country pubs that retain their old school charm but have been brought up to date with a touch of modernity, look no further than The Boundary House in Methley. They specialise in quality local produce, turning it into well-respected dishes like their lamb rump or wild mushroom tagine. Their bar is chock full of craft beers, cocktails and wines, but if you get peckish after a couple of those, they also do Scotch eggs, meat sticks and pork pies as bar snacks.

The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.

2. The Lister Arms

The Lister Arms, Malham

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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 an idyllic 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-trek bite or a night of luxury after exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there aren’t many better than The Lister Arms.

The Lister Arms, Malham, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DB.

3. The Tan Hill Inn

Tan Hill Inn

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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 heading 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.

4. Dick Hudsons

Dick Hudsons

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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 patrons, making it one of the country pubs worth leaving Leeds for. Set on the edge of Rombalds Moor, head out to see the gorgeous local countryside before retiring back to the pub for some quality grub and a drink or two from behind the bar.

Dick Hudsons, Otley Road, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 3BA.

5. The Rustic Arms

The Rustic Arms, Leeds

About 40 minutes outside of Leeds on the other side of Wakefield is the village of Ackworth, where you’ll find a country pub with possibly the aptest name you’ll come across. The Rustic Arms is set in over an acre of land which makes for a stunning beer garden, enclosed by the countryside and brilliant views of the nearby fishing lake. They have a home-cooked and freshly prepared food menu to tuck into, while the bar has all the usual fare you’ll be after.

The Rustic Arms, 7 Long Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7EZ.

6. The Bull at Broughton

The Bull at Broughton

Out towards Skipton, The Bull at Broughton is one of those rare pubs that you can’t help but love. 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’re well looked after. Top it off with local real ales or carefully selected wines. It makes for a memorable day out of the city.

The Bull at Broughton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE.

7. The Roebuck

The Roebuck, Otley

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You’ll find The Roebuck just outside Otley on an empty road with no neighbours – you can bet the views are incredible as you look out across rolling hills from the terrace or the beer garden. Inside, it’s still got a traditional feel with dark wooden furniture, a cosy snug and exposed vintage brickwork, but it’s been brought up to date with a fresh decor. 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.

8. The Woolpack Country Inn

The Woolpack Country Inn

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Tucked in between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, and just 18 miles from Leeds, The Woolpack Country Inn is a pub packed full of history that’s well 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 cottage pie. Wash it down with something from the hefty selection behind the bar. Even better, they allow for muddy boots and dirty dogs for any explorers too.

The Woolpack Country Inn, Whitley Road, Whitley, West Yorkshire, WF10 0LZ.

9. The Grouse Inn

The Grouse Inn, Sheffield

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Straddling the Yorkshire and Derbyshire border, about 7 miles from Sheffield, The Grouse Inn is a welcome pit stop as you prepare yourself for the Peak District. The stunning vista of the merging Yorkshire and Derbyshire countryside makes for perfect viewing from the beer garden in the summer, while the open fire keeps folk warm in the winter. Topped off with a vast quantity of quality ales and classic food, The Grouse Inn is well worth the hour drive down the M1 for.

The Grouse Inn, Longshaw, Near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7TZ.

10. Shoulder of Mutton

Shoulder of Mutton, Kirkby Overblow

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From the walls covered in climbing plants to the low ceilings and the 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.

11. The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn

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Burton Salmon straddles the border of West and North Yorkshire and is home to one of the finest country pubs around Leeds. The Plough Inn is full of character with features that date back as far as the 17th century. It specialises in ales with Thwaites on constantly and a revolving door policy on some of the best local breweries. They’ll help to wash down a restaurant menu that blends modern with traditional, as well as a more straightforward bar menu.

The Plough Inn, Main Street, Burton Salmon, North Yorkshire, LS25 5JS.

12. The Fox and Grapes

The Fox and Grapes

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Just past the stunning village of Thorner is a tiny community called Kiddal Lane End with an inn called The Fox and Grapes – and it’s well worth the drive just out of the city for. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, they have a mammoth menu of grills, sandwiches, salads, burgers, fish and British classics that might be hard to pick from, but it’ll be made easier at the bar which promises a range of spirits, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.

13. The Bankhouse Inn

The Bankhouse Inn

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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 their quite impressive beer garden and inside they have plenty more to offer. There’s a simple but effective food menu 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.

14. The Three Acres

The Three Acres

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The Three Acres is a historic inn in the heart of Huddersfield’s Pennine countryside. It’s come a long way since the day it was a drovers inn, 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 – it’s become nationally acclaimed for the quality of its food. Head Chef Tom Davies creates incredible seasonal menus made with produce sourced nearby, so you can look forward to everything from spiced Yorkshire lamb to cold water lobster, Dover sole meunière and Bolster Moor beef stroganoff.

The Three Acres, 37-41 Roydhouse, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LR.

15. The Cow and Calf

The Cow and Calf

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Named after the famous landmark that sits just across the road on top of Ilkley Moor, The Cow and Calf is the perfect excuse to test out the 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 to take advantage of, should you have a few drinks and wish to stay the night.

The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.

16. The Old Glen House

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 it well worth a trip out – especially if you have the dog with you. Oh and they do some cracking pub grub, a mean Sunday roast, and have plenty of ales, spirits and wines to keep you going if you’re not driving.

The Old Glen House, Prod Lane, Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD17 5BN.

17. The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn

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In the shadow of Skipton Castle, the traditional inn that shares its name 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 look forward to 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, or tuck into something from their vegan menu.

The Castle Inn, 2 Mill Bridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1NJ.

18. The New Inn, Scarcroft

The New Inn

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One look at The New Inn in Scarcroft and you’ll be amazed at the greenery that surrounds this pub. Aside from the oodles of rural wonder that make it one of the best country pubs you’ll come across near Leeds, The New Inn is pretty damn good at food and drink too. Whether you want the likes of steak and mushroom pie with mash or something a little more unique like the lamb duo, you’ll be covered – and you have a wine menu featuring 40 different bottles to choose from too.

The New Inn, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3AT.

19. The Bingley Arms

The Bingley Arms

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Arguably Great Britain’s oldest pub, The Bingley Arms in Bardsey is an inn that’s 1,000 years old, going back to the times of the Viking invasion of Britain – yet here we are in 2018, and it’s still one of the finest country pubs around Leeds. Go 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.

20. The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet

Head out to Saxton, just outside of Tadcaster, for a visit to The Crooked Billet, 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.

21. The Brown Cow

The Brown Cow

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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.

22. The Red Lion, Bramham

The Red Lion

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The Red Lion in Bramham sets a high bar for country pubs in Leeds. 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, with 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.

23. The Sportsman’s Arms

The Sportsman's Arms, Wath-In-Nidderdale

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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.

24. The Fountaine Inn, Linton

The Fountaine Inn

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 countryside. The 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.

25. Airedale Heifer

Airedale Heifer

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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 Sandsbed, 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. And if you need a bite to eat, they have a menu of classic home-cooked pub grub to keep you going.

Airedale Heifer, Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5LY.

26. The General Tarleton

General Tarleton

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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 menus around while their GT Cocktail Lounge is a treat – but if you want to go all out, they have thirteen bedrooms, so make a weekend of it.

The General Tarleton, Boroughbridge Road, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0PZ.

27. The Boathouse Inn

The Boathouse

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Surrounded by lush green countryside, and set 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 elements of tradition, which sits well when you’re tucking into a Sunday roast or some sausage and mash. Top it all off with something from their extensive wine list or decent 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.

28. The Strines Inn

The Strines Inn

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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 English favourites to back up the setting, as well as guest ales, but it’s all about the character of the pub which will have you in raptures.

The Strines Inn, Bradfield Dale, Bradfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6JE.

29. The Smiths Arms

The Smiths Arms, Beckwithshaw

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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 – 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 an array of real ales or something from the wine list, and if you need a bite to eat, they cook up a menu of hearty pub grub.

The Smiths Arms, Church Row, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QW.

30. The Sun Inn, Flockton

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 in their rural setting.

The Sun Inn, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4DW.

31. The New Inn, Thornton Le Dale

The New Inn, Thornton-le-Dale

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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 lamb, gammon and beef, and you can follow it with one of their three ever-changing cask ales.

The New Inn, The Square, Thornton-Le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LF.

32. The Kestrel

The Kestrel, Plompton

The Kestrel is a picture perfect country pub. It’s a traditional cottage-style building surrounded by swathes of green, 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 low, wooden-beamed ceilings, which makes it wonderfully cosy. There’s loads of real ales on offer at the bar, which will go down well with something from their versatile menu – there’s everything from ham, egg and chips to venison on offer. 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.

33. The Pax Inn, Thorp Arch

The Pax Inn

As country pubs around Leeds go, The Pax Inn in the pretty village of Thorp Arch is a fantastic hidden gem that’s well worth seeking out. Open Tuesday through Sunday, The Pax Inn has a varied menu of classic dishes and global cuisine, five pumps of real ale including the likes of Roosters, Abbeydale and Moorhouse breweries, and 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.

34. The Square and Compass, North Rigton

The Square and Compass

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Within walking distance of Almscliffe Crag, The Square and Compass in North Rigton near Harrogate is one of those pubs you really need to stop at when 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 some pretty impressive views.

The Square and Compass, North Rigton, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ.

35. The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch

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, because it seems to us this is as good as it gets. 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 ales on tap, often including Leeds Brewery beers, as well as wines and cocktails. Their food menu includes the likes of corn-fed chicken, lamb loin and mushroom & cabbage dumplings, with ingredients sourced locally from the likes of Sykes House Farm and Hebden and Poole.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.

36. The Royalty

The Royalty

The only thing that disturbs the incredible countryside in this part of Otley is The Royalty – it’s a wonderful pub surrounded by fields in the heart of the Chevin Forest Park and it 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.

37. The Craven Arms

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

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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 the county and a food menu made up of hearty dishes using fresh local produce. While the food and drink is renowned, it’s the place itself that will amaze. Not only are 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.

38. The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn, Norwood

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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, 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 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.

39. The Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

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Bolton Abbey and its acres of surrounding greenery is one of the best country days out you can have, 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 view.

The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, West Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ.

40. The New Inn, Appletreewick

The New Inn, Appletreewick

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Looking out across the River Wharfe and Simon’s Seat in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find The New Inn in Appletreewick, just an hour out of 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.