This 18th-century inn sits in possibly one of the North’s finest dales, and takes its name from the son of Oliver Cromwell’s physician who built it for his workers in what was once a busy lead mining area. In winter, it caters for serious walkers tackling The Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast route, and offers a welcome escape from the rigours of the moors, with many a tale being swapped over pints of Black Sheep Riggwelter or Rudgate’s Jorvik Blonde. The ‘Terrace Room’ features handcrafted tables and chairs from Robert Thompson’s craftsmen in nearby Kilburn, all with Thompson’s unique hand-carved mouse hiding somewhere. English classics meet modern European dishes on a menu written up on the mirror hanging above the stone fireplace. The wine list is excellent, with well-written tasting notes. From April to September the local outdoor game of quoits can be played. The bedrooms have fabulous views overlooking the Stang and Arkengarthdale and are finished to a high standard with exposed beams, cast-iron bed frames and warm colours.
Spectacular dale scenery at remote country inn
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Closed: 2
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North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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