I had to search a little to find this absolute gem located in a beautifully restored old coaching inn in Clapham village.
We chose to eat in the Bistro away for the bustling bar full or thirsty walkers and shooters, although I wouldn't have baulked had I the option to sit in the bar as the atmosphere was lively and welcoming.
Equally the bistro although located beyond the residents bar is still well laid out and welcoming and as it got busier full of tales of the days adventures in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. We were seated next to the front windows just near a large round table that seated 7 or 8. If I had a larger group, I'd definitely book this as it looked a great deal of fun, however we didn't so we soaked up the vibes and thoroughly enjoyed the view of the brook from our location next to the fire.
The menu is not overly large, but offers something for everyone. Well laid out and easy to understand. I had the Scallops to start and my partner the amazing seafood chowder which is a meal in itself. A half portion here would easily suffice as a starter.
For our mains, I had the Roast Beef and my partner the steak. Simply no better food have I had in the Dales. The steak was cooked as requested and was served simply without too much fan fair. Definitely an indication of the divide between pub grub and fine dining. The Roast Beef was the best I have ever encountered. Flavour times ten.
Had I room for dessert, I would have definitely had the Chocolate Fudge that came to the table next to us....it looked amazing. Plus the servings of unusual local ice creams looked tasty too.
Good reasonably price wines and beers if you stick to the main local brews and this is definitely a place to come for a relaxing high quality meal. I don't see any difference to the pricing you would see at other established gastro pub / tourist pub locations like Malham, Kirkby etc. But there is something a little unusual about this one. Perhaps its the fact its the only one in the village and you feel like your the only people sharing a special occasion.
Well worth a visit....and if your a walker or into the outdoors, I'd consider staying the night, what I heard from the other guests obviously staying overnight is the rooms are great.
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