Called in today for what we hoped would be a welcome Sunday lunch to brighten up a miserably cold wet and windy day in the dales. The non-too-welcoming (and overflowing from Saturday night revellers) cigarette/litter bin on the entrance step would have put many off if it weren't for the disparate need to get out of the foul weather and into the welcoming warmth of a dales pub. Warmth however was the one item missing from today's menu. Having ordered drinks we were offered tables away from the one open fire in the bar area as those adjacent to the hot coals were reserved. We ordered the fish and chips which were excellent, arriving only after we had mistakenly been presented with the meals for the couple on our next table. As other diners gradually arrived they too were shown to our end of the pub. A further seating area was then opened up with the words 'it's a little cool in here but we have just put some heating on' subsequently creating a further draught for those already starved of the open fire which was proving popular with the locals and bar staff stood around that end of the bar. We chose not to have a sweet, paid and couldn't help noticing the still unoccupied reserved seats as we closed the door carefully avoiding the tab end tub. Overall impression, food choice and quality : very good, first impressions and atmosphere : could do a lot better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Beautiful Country Pub in the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales. ... more less