The Punch Bowl Inn

“With Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk on the doorstep”



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Refurbished it may have been, but it's still evident that this Grade II listed Swaledale pub is old, 17th century, in fact. Alongside open fires and antique furniture, the bar and bar stools were hand-crafted by Robert 'The Mouseman' Thompson's company, whose trademark is a discreetly placed carved mouse. Masham brewery Black Sheep's cask-conditioned ales are in the bar. The Lunch and Beyond Menu wends its way from home-made Scotch egg with spiced apple chutney, via steak and Blacksheep casserole, herb dumpling and horseradish mash, to Yorkshire parkin with apple compôte. An alternative menu, the Mirror, has suggestions such as creamy cauliflower and Stilton soup; sea bass with Asian spiced vegetables and poppadom; and roasted Mediterranean vegetables with brown lentils. Game comes from the surrounding moors, and fresh fish is delivered from Hartlepool six days a week. There's a traditional carvery every Sunday, and steak nights are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. If you stay over, perhaps for the Swaledale festival in late May, enjoy the views from one of the 11 bedrooms. The nearby market town of Richmond is famous for its castle and Georgian Theatre, Britain's oldest in its original form.

The Punch Bowl Inn


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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