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3 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
2 reviews
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“Slowly descending”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

My family and I visited the listers on our regular annual trip to malham (this is our 4th time) as usual the village was bustling with tourists visiting the wonderful scenery this lovely part of the world has to offer. We called into the lister arms for a fantastic pint of wainwright and reserved a table for our evening meal. On our return we were greeted by the same gentleman ( short hair sorry didn't catch his name ) that took our reservation for dinner, although he was rather busy on the bar he was very friendly and offered me to sample the new local bitter, a nice touch. We were shown to our table by a friendly young lady to be amazed by how quiet it was for the time of year, we ordered the butchers deli board to share as a starter which included half a scotch egg, pâté, a sausage and salad - not good value for £11 followed by pork belly and fish and chips which was served with green beans rather than mushy peas as stated on the menu? The food was ok but not as memorable as previous visits, after chatting with the waitress we realised the young management couple from previous visits had moved on. The food seems to of gone downhill in the last 12 months with no management presence the only positive is the staff members who seem to keep the place going. Needless to say we dined at the Buck on the next 2 evenings.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Rachel Mayes - Manager at Lister Arms, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to rate your visit to the Lister Arms. My name is Rachel & I am the new Manager. I have not been here for very long and I take your comments on board about value for money on the menu. I also have a new chef starting at the end of this month and we are very much looking forward to bringing the Lister up to its previous standard.

Kind regards,
Rachel Mayes - Manager and all the team at The Lister Arms.
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Boston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed for three nights with our 5 yr old daughter. The location is perfect for walking, the pub being well situated next to village green so lovely evenings with the children playing and paddling in the stream.
The food was good, we had breakfast and evening meal each night. Not a huge selection and nothing really for children (our daughter liked the bread board and olives though, and adult puddings!!). Great beer selection but Rose wines were poor.
Family room was lovely and big, well furnished and comfortable. Hot at night though- this is an old pub not an air conditioned hotel. Bar directly below so noisy but daughter slept well as exhausted by walking.
Reviews said staff extremely friendly but we did not find this apart from one foreign waitress (sorry, did not get name- thin with long blonde plait) who was very attentive, especially to daughter (thank you) so were left disappointed as this was one of the reasons we booked this inn and not Beck Hall.
Overall- a little expensive for what it is but fab location and we enjoyed the ambience in the evenings outside. Glad we stayed.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had a girls trip away with 12 of us staying here and a few more people next door at the hostel. The rooms felt really luxurious and the staff went above and beyond to be helpful. Overall had an excellent time and would definitely go back

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Blackpool, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

The Lister Arms is good quality accommodation, with good service in a perfect location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

The Lister Arms may be a 17th century coaching inn but the bedrooms have been refurbished to a good modern standard with quality oak furniture. Most of the public areas still retain the old world charm of a country inn, although the dining room is modern.

I found service in the hotel and its restaurant to be excellent, with friendly staff.

My rooms was a family room with a single and double bed (see photo). This was a good size but double bedrooms are smaller. The bathroom was clean and modern although very small (no room for a bath, just a shower) but was nice enough. There was a flat screen TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

I eat in the restaurant for two breakfasts and two evening meals. On each occasion the experience was pleasant. On one night the restaurant and bar area were completely full and a table with 10 people on ordered food before I did. I expected a long wait but in fact I did not have to wait long and the food was excellent. The food it not really ‘fine dining’ but is much higher standard than you would normally expect in a pub. Breakfasts are made with quality fresh ingredients with hot food via waiter service and cold food via a self-service buffet. There was a good selection of hot food but cold food choice was limited to cereals, yogurt and fruit (e.g. no bread roles, cold meats or cheeses).

The hotel is located right in the centre of Malham which is just a perfect location for exploring the Yorkshire dales, with many good walks directly from the hotel, without even a need to drive out anywhere.

Expect some early morning noise as bedroom widows are not double glazed and the dawn chorus around here is prodigious. Price you have to pay for a 400 year old building in the middle of the country I suppose.

I find it hard to fault this hotel. It may not be up to top quality hotel standard but for a country inn it’s probably the best I have stayed in.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Lister Arms has a lovely feel about it and we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the food and beer are both good. We ate here on each of the three nights of our stay and there were still plenty of things on the menu that we'd have liked to have tried. Breakfasts, too, were excellent: plenty of choice and everything perfectly cooked.
Our room had a large, comfortable bed and we appreciated the home cooked biscuits and thoughtfulness in providing fresh milk for hot drinks. The only slight drawback was a lack of storage space as the bases of the fitted wardrobe and also some of drawers were filled with alternative bedding. We appreciate this thoughtfulness but it would have been nice to have been able to get our luggage off the bedroom floor, even though we were only staying for a few nights. This really is a very minor issue, though. If we return to the Malham area, we would most certainly stay at The Lister Arms again and have no hesitation in recommending it as a great place to stay.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Lochgelly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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