The Blue Lion

“Smart 18th-century hostelry with imaginative food”



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This well-maintained 18th-century coaching inn, tucked away in an unspoilt estate village close to Jervaulx Abbey, once catered to drovers and travellers journeying through Wensleydale. Ably run today by Paul and Helen Klein, it has built a reputation as one of North Yorkshire’s finest inns. The interior is best described as rural chic, oozing stacks of atmosphere and charm. The classic bar with its open fire and flagstone floor is a beer drinker’s haven, where the best of the county’s breweries present a pleasant dilemma for the ale lover. A blackboard displays imaginative but unpretentious bar meals, while diners in the candlelit restaurant can expect culinary treats incorporating a variety of Yorkshire ingredients, notably seasonal game. A memorable meal may comprise smoked salmon and celeriac remoulade with crispy capers and lemon oil; slow-cooked pork belly with pickled apple pureé, black pudding Scotch egg and cider reduction; with yogurt and honey cheesecake with confit fig to round it all off.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Blue Lion


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of wines by the glass

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

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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