The General Tarleton Inn

“Local produce drives the award-winning menu here” - AA Inspector



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Named in honour of General Banastre Tarleton, a hero of the American War of Independence, this 18th-century coaching inn just north of Knaresborough is an ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. The renovated interior retains its old beams and original log fires, while the sofas encourage guests to settle down with a pint of Black Sheep. Here you can peruse the seasonal menus that have helped chef-proprietor John Topham and his team earn two AA Rosettes. Championing local produce, east coast fish is delivered daily, local vegetables arrive the day they’ve been picked, and seasonal game comes from nearby shoots. Food is served in the Bar Brasserie, in the fine dining restaurant, or out in the terrace garden and courtyard when the weather permits. Leave space for one of the accomplished desserts, such as trio of Yorkshire rhubarb with vanilla ice cream. Accompanying wines can be selected from a list of 150, with 11 served by the glass.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The General Tarleton Inn
Boroughbridge Road,Ferrensby,KNARESBOROUGH,HG5 0PZ
Phone : 01423 340284


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

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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