With the Tour de Yorkshire now firmly established in the cycling calendar you can look forward to three exciting days of stage racing through some of England’s finest scenery. If you’re planning to visit ‘God’s Own County’ to see the race you’ll be wanting to know the best places to go to wet your whistle! Well with that in mind we thought it only right that we should point you in the right direction and give you our Top Ten Pubs in Yorkshire.
Brew York, York
For a brewery that only opened a year ago, Brew York has already established itself on the York scene and has brought something truly unique. You can enjoy a beer in their tap room right in amongst the brewery apparatus! Located just off Walmgate (look carefully, it’s easy to miss!), the smell of the brewery hits you as soon as you step through the door; a pungent aroma of hops and yeast which takes a while to get used to. There is usually a selection of around six beers on offer, all brewed on the premises.
The Blue Crush Bar, Scarborough
Located on the seafront at North Bay, the surf-inspired Blue Crush Bar is ideally placed for the end of stage one of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. When you’ve seen the riders cross the line on Royal Albert Drive, pop in for great food and drinks. Their speciality “posh fish & chips” is a local favourite.
The Old Bell Tavern, Harrogate
The historic spa town of Harrogate hosts the finale to stage two and one of the town’s best pubs is surely the Old Bell Tavern. There was a coaching inn on this site as early as 1786, serving wine and beer to weary travellers and visitors who had come to Harrogate to “take the water” at the Pump Rooms just across the road from the pub. These days the Old Bell serves modern craft beer and real ales in beautiful, recently-refurbished surroundings. With the end of stage two on the next street, this could be the perfect place to toast the victor, Chapeau!
The George & Dragon, Hudswell
This village pub has just won the presigious CAMRA National Pub of the Year competition. It acts as the tiny village’s hub and as well as serving locally-brewed ales it also acts as the village library and corner shop as well as providing space for allotments for the locals! Located between Richmond and Catterick and boasting magnificent views of the Swale valley, this is a truly unique Yorkshire Dales pub.
The House of Trembling Madness, York
Since it opened in 2010, the House of Trembling Madness has won countless “pub of the year” awards and has really established itself as one of York’s best bars. Located in a medieval building on Stonegate, you have to climb a steep staircase to get to the tiny tap room. With seating for about 50 people you may struggle to get in but if you do, it’s a unique experience. Walls adorned with taxidermy and craft beer and Belgian bottles behind the bar await you. Unfortunately it looks like HOTM is going to be moving premises in the near future so you’ll need to get there as soon as you can!
The Grove Inn, Huddersfield
A serious haven for real ale enthusiasts, The Grove just outside Huddersfield city centre offers an enormous and ever-changing selection of cask ales and craft beer; any pub that has a beer menu is doing something right! There’s a beer garden as well in case the sun comes out (it does happen occasionally in Yorkshire you know!)
Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale
Sitting between the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines AONB, Tan Hill Inn is Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet above sea level. Located on the Pennine Way, you can hike, cycle or drive up to the inn for hearty pub food and real ales and cider. The inn has even hosted concerts by bands like The Hoosiers and British Sea Power.
The Bingley Arms, Bardsey
Claiming to be Britain’s oldest pub with history dating back to the 10th century, The Bingley Arms is located in the charming village of Bardsey between Leeds and Wetherby. The current building only dates to the 1780’s but if you’re looking for a traditional Yorkshire pub, this is it. Great, locally sourced food, a good selection of beer and fine wines are on offer, what more could you ask for!
The Falcon Tap, York
One of York’s most historic streets, Micklegate has undergone something of a facelift in recent years. Gone are the student bars and “doubles for trebles” offers, replace by trendy restaurants and exciting new craft beer pubs. One of the best is The Falcon Tap which offers a great range of keg and cask beers as well as more unusual beers from Europe and North America. They also run “Meet the Brewer” nights and beer festivals, keep an eye on their events calendar for details.
Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield
Located in the former industrial heart of the Steel City, the Kelham Island Tavern specialises in real ales but also serves a range of continental beers as well. It is the only pub to have won CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year competition two years running and has also won Yorkshire Pub of the Year several times. The pub hosts various live music nights from folk to blues and also a weekly pub quiz.
Do you have any pubs you’d like to recommend a visit to in Yorkshire? Maybe you’ve been to some of our listed pubs…let us know below…