If you’re planning to visit ‘God’s Own County’ 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 two years 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 ten beers on offer, all brewed on the premises.
Old Scalby Mills, Scarborough
Located on the seafront at North Bay next to the Sea Life Centre the Old Scalby Mills is ideally placed on the Cleveland Way. The picturesque coastal walk wends it’s way from Filey up to Whitby following the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. Stop off at the pub for some great food and locally produced real ales including Wold Top, Scarborough Brewery and Rudgate.
The Old Bell Tavern, Harrogate
One of the best pubs in the historic spa town of Harrogate 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.
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 Cod & Lobster, Staithes
Anyone with young children with recognise Staithes as the setting for Old Jack’s Boat. The picturesque fishing village, just up the coast from Whitby, is a real throwback to time’s gone by. A steep cobbled street leads down to the harbour and its here you can find the Cod & Lobster on the quayside. Their crab sandwiches are to die for, as is the view out to sea from the front windows.
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.
If you love your craft beer then a tour of some of Yorkshire’s top breweries must be right up your street! Book one of our Brewtown Tours in either Leeds or York and visit a range of the regions best breweries and tap rooms, with plenty of samples thrown in along the way!