Eating out

Here are some of our favourite local haunts:

Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale – nearest to the house (recently had a major renovation) good pub food. (The closest at a 4 min drive).

Alexander’s, Skipton – stunning new restaurant at the top of the town’s High Street with fab gardens over looking the canal. Wonderful for sitting outside for lunch or afternoon tea. (12 min drive into Skipton centre).



Tempest Arms in Elslack Reviews 

Highly recommended. A traditional Inn dating back to the 17th century. Smart dining, food around the bar, roaring log fire, plus lovely side rooms to book for large parties. Booking is a must! Just outside Skipton on the main road west to Colne, near the tiny village of Elslack. (8 min drive)


The Angel at Hetton – award winning celebration restaurant, on the road to Grassington near the village where the Women’s Institute members who inspired the Calendar Girls movie, live. There’s been an Inn here since the 15th century and this one dates back to the 18th century. The Angel, widely regarded as the original Gastropub, has recently been included in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards, noting is as a venue that offers pub food ‘reimagined’. Apparently it caused a revolution back in 1985 when the pub stopped serving chips replacing them with mange tout and mashed potato!@ Read more about its history. (20 min drive)

Devonshire Brasserie, Bolton Abbey This vibrant, contemporary brasserie with imaginative food is attached to the famous Devonshire Arms Hotel at Bolton Abbey, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Well worth a visit whether you dine at the hotel or not. (20 min drive).


22 The Square, Crosshills – another great local restaurant, one of our real favourites and one that our guests always give great feedback about. Interesting Italian cuisine. Excellent value, lots of daily special offers. Check out the menu and ask them to deliver a meal to you. Over 300 reviews on TripAdviser.  (6 min drive).


The Dog and Gun Inn, Malsis, Sutton-in-Craven – comfortable, traditional Yorkshire food and more. Over 500 reviews on TripAdviser. Celebrated for their emphasis on Yorkshire fare, they also produce ‘Yorkshire Pub Foods’  a range of jams, chutneys and smoked goods all made at the Dog & Gun Inn. All are from fresh, wholesome ingredients without chemicals or nasty additives. Just like you’d make them at home… If you had the time. (6 min drive).

Booking would be recommended for a large party especially at the weekend

A long list of the Best Restaurants in Skipton on Trip Adviser (with reviews) SEE BELOW.

Trip Adviser Eating Out Skipton

Trip Adviser Recommendations for Eating Out Skipton



Afternoon Tea – a staple of life in Yorkshire

Skipton is blessed with dozens of places to eat out .. whether it’s for a quick soup lunch, an afternoon tea while browsing the shops on the cobbled high street, or enjoying a satisfying tasty dinner of local Yorkshire fare.

Hetties Cafe – one of the ‘Most Loved” cafes on Trip Adviser (at the top of the High Street)

Cake Ole – quirky decor, unusual cordials and delightful cakes, brilliant service, all tucked away in Craven Court, Skipton. Very busy.

Cake Ole Skipton

Cake Ole cafe in Skipton, half way up the High Street on the right


Coffee & Clay – at the top of the High Street, a fun cafe where you can also book into a plate painting workshop and paint your own ceramic gifts in the ceramic studio above the cafe.  Painted masterpieces can be posted on to you after glazing.

Here is an interesting insight into six of the best Afternoon Teas around Skipton.




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