The Red Lion is a very friendly family-run pub/hotel based in Burnsall in the middle of Wharfedale. We stayed three days at the hotel in part as a means of re-connecting with a favourite area which we had not visited for many years and on the whole had a very pleasant stay. We occupied a number of rooms at the front of the pub and which looked out onto the green that runs by the river. Although quiet at the time of the year we were there, given that there are tables outside, I would imagine a warm summer’s evening would attract a lot more noise. The pub has a long narrow room with a bar serving a number of well-kept ales and also appears to have a good whisky offer. Unusually and probably due to the bar’s narrowness, seating at the bar is confined to long benches that run on the opposite wall, which means anyone coming into it, or going into other parts of the hotel, has to run the gauntlet of patrons and family in various of merriment. People can eat either at tables further into the bar, where is widens off, or in a separate room that represents the hotel’s fine dining offer.
The bar menu is relatively extensive and compares well in price terms with other pubs in the area – a good example being the Craven Arms two miles down the road in Appletreewick, which has a very comprehensive and interesting menu. Specials available in the pub form part of the fine dining menu. These are fancier and considerably more expensive averaging from £15 up to £20 for a steak. Food however is well-cooked and tasty. The wine list seems to be heavily weighted towards French wine, with a cursory sniff in the direction of other European and New World producers. Bottle prices start around the £15 mark for fairly ordinary fare and move quickly north for better stuff. Pricing on the whole reflects more London than Yorkshire.
The pricing of both the hotel and the fine-dining appears to be the result of two influences – the village, which is extremely picturesque and therefore a natural magnet for visitors and walkers; and the Devonshire Fell Hotel, which sits about 300 metres on the hill outside the village. This forms part of the Duchess of Devonshire’s hotel operation (the Devonshire Arms is nearby) and although more formal than the Red Lion offers larger rooms at similar prices. The food there is also within a similar bracket.
On the whole, we liked the Red Lion a lot. The food (especially the large breakfasts), the overall friendliness of the hotel and the fact they were willing to lend maps and walking guides all sit heavily in its favour. The rooms we occupied were comfortable and due to size – they’re not enormous – tended to be dominated by the bed, which gave us all a good night’s sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion itself is a 16th Century building located next to the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National park.The Manor House is our B&B located 150 yds away from the Red Lion along the River bank, and is an ideal base for those walking the Dales Way or budget conscious.We are a traditional Yorkshire Dales family run business offering excellent cuisine focusing on local produce.Whether you wish to relax and enjoy our hospitality or explore the Dales there is something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Skipton
- Red Lion Skipton
- Skipton Red Lion
- Red Lion Hotel Burnsall, Yorkshire