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“Friendly welcome in traditional Yorkshire inn.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lister Arms

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Lister Arms
Ranked #2 of 5 Malham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Friendly welcome in traditional Yorkshire inn.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Eight of us travelled to Malham to enjoy the local walks and to generally "chill out" amongst good friends. Firstly, the weather was extraordinarily glorious. Unfortunately, the bedrooms would have ordinarily been just right, but they were like furnaces at night, so little sleep all round. The ( new) manageress made us all very welcome. The choice of ales was good and the food was "fair". The staff were very helpful, although they did confuse our orders more than once, but we didn't mind - we were too chilled to care!
Conclusion: great location, friendly staff, fair pub food, but a little pricey for an inn at £110 per night.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Lochgelly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Feeling a bit peckish after our walk to the Cove and some bird spotting, we decided to just give this place a go. The service was so laid back it was horizontal.... the menu was very well designed and there were a number of places we could have gone to... the benches at the front, the beer garden at the back... we decided on the bar, to get away from the blistering 30 C temperatures and chill.
I had a butchers platter which was essentially a collection of sausage and cheeses from the local area with some bread and chutney... EXCELLENT ! Very reasonably priced also... good to know that British food has improved so much over the last 10 years that you can actually be surprised at the quality and selection now available. Such good value.
Another plus - dog friendly also !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Knutsford
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5 reviews
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had a lovely stay at 'The Lister' Everybody made us and Gizmo really welcome. He enjoyed his sausage at breakfast brought by the manager, Lisa. There is a really friendly happy atmosphere here and if you are happy with this relaxed style of service 'The Lister' is definitely for you. The room (17)was clean spacious and well equipped with hairdryer, iron (and board). It overlooked the bear garden but we heard no excessive noise. The tea, coffee, Horlicks and homemade biscuits were very welcome. The staff were happy to freeze our freezer pack for our cold bag and would have filled flasks and supplied picnic had we asked.
Bear in mind this is a pub not a restaurant therefore you order from the bar and staff are more relaxed but service was quick and friendly. we'll be back next year.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Popped in today on a circular walk round Malham, there is a lovely secluded beer garden round the back.
Firstly the ales are very well kept and taste great.
The food however really impressed.
I had steak and ale pie, huge chunks of steak and a good cold crust pastry (not stodgy, and better than the endless servings of flaky pastry that most places serve these days).
Fish and chips had the best batter I have had for a long time and double fried chips...yum.
Son had sausage and mash, he loved it, though they had a smidge too much rusk for my taste...prefer a good cumberland. Though his onion rings looked beyond amazing, I never had chance to try them!
Daughter had burger...huge as expected and clearly good quality meat.

All the food was obviously either made on site or sourced locally.
Lastly the service from the horde of attentive waitresses was impecable and smiley.

We will definately be going back next time we are walking in this area.

Keep up the good work!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Inns_0f_Character, Lisa Penny - Manager at Lister Arms, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thanks so much for the fabulous review – with Daniel Thwaites as our parent company there is a lot riding on keeping our beer in tip-top condition. So glad it quenched your thirst after your walk. And thank you for the kind comments about the food and the team too. Come back and see us soon.

Kind regards,
Lisa Penny - Manager and all the team at The Lister Arms.
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Durham
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

After a disastrous start to a 2 night break at the Lion in Settle we were moved to the Lister Arms by the Lion's management - the Lister is the sister hotel of the Lion. We had no idea what to expect but had no option and travelled to Malham with some trepidation. We were impressed from the start with the Lister. It looks good from outside and room 11 was a delight - large, comfortable with a sofa and wood burning stove. Sonia the manager was charming and helpful and the food was very good, as was the service. The location is superb and we have no hesitation in recommending the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Lisa Penny - Manager at Lister Arms, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
I am so pleased to read that we were able to restore your faith in Thwaites Inns of Character and it’s good to hear that you managed to get the rest and relaxation you were looking for with us. Sonia was delighted to be mentioned in dispatches – we hope you will plan a return visit soon.

Kind regards,
Lisa Penny - Manager and all the team at The Lister Arms.
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Just returned from a 2 night break and I would certainly recommend this property. Our room (no. 2) was very comfortable, great decor, very clean. We appreciated the small extra touches that you don't often get in B & Bs ie home baked biscuits in the room, fresh milk, not UHT, iron and ironing board.
The breakfast was fab! So much choice and very tasty, eaten in a lovely dining room. I would also mention that all the staff were very friendly and professional.
My one negative which you may think is unimportant is that the hanging baskets outside really let the side down - brown, crisp plants! It really doesn't give a very good first impression, but that's not bad going, this being my only negative.
Well done Lister Arms

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

My husband and I (plus our little dog) stayed for 2 nights last weekend and we had a fabulous time. We stayed in room 17 and the room/beds/bathroom were very spacious. The only concern I would have about the room is a lack of light as the windows are quite small. However, the breakfast was lovely and they even cooked and cut up sausages for our dog - which was a very kind thing to do! :)
We ate in the bar each evening and the food was extremely good and very reasonable. We really enjoyed sitting in the beer garden after a long walk, reading the papers over a glass of wine/beer (me/husband!). The service was fantastic. The Lister Arms is very close to Malham Cove and we were lucky enough to see the Peregrine Falcons. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Lisa Penny - Manager at Lister Arms, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
What a delight to read - thank you for the kind review. We’re an old building so the daylight can be a challenge in some of the rooms, but you’re always welcome to use the bar and lounge to relax and read the papers. So glad you saw the Peregrine Falcons too –we are so lucky to live in this part of the world.

Kind regards,
Lisa Penny - Manager and all the team at The Lister Arms.
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Property: Lister Arms
Address: 1 Finkle Street | Yorkshire Dales National Park, Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 4AW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Malham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Malham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lister Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lister Arms is a quintessential English pub offering home cooked food and cosy accommodation in the village of Malham. Our scenic location at the foot of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales National Park makes us a popular choice for walking breaks in North Yorkshire. We offer cosy rooms, locally sourced food and award winning cask ales. So whether you join us for a big family dinner, a quiet drink with friends or the dog, or enjoy a relaxing break we look forward to welcoming you to our inn. ... more   less 
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