Best Pubs – 10 of Yorkshire’s Favourites

in Hebden Bridge in Leeds in North Yorkshire in Ripon in Skipton in West Yorkshire in Yorkshire Dales

As chosen by the people of Yorkshire!

Not an exhaustive list, but a good start to finding the best pubs in Yorkshire.

The George Inn, Upper Denby, winner of the 2021 Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition

The George Inn, Upper Denby

Address: The George, 114 Denby Ln, Upper Denby, Huddersfield HD8 8UE  

Voted Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2021, this family business has gained local love by staying true to the traditional village pub that the George has always been. Here you’ll find a homely feel, warm Yorkshire welcome, quality food (especially the pies!) and award-winning real ales and artisan gins.


The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

Appletreewick, Skipton BD23 6DA

Real log fires, gas lighting and authentic tavern décor make this pub something extra special, as does their reputation for great food and real ale – the foundations of any great Yorkshire watering hole. Its idyllic setting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales makes it a great pre- / post-walk spot!


The Plough Inn, Wombleton

Address: Main St, Wombleton, York YO62 7RW

Situated in a sleepy North Yorkshire village close to the market towns of Helmsley and Kirbymoorside, The Plough Inn has been proudly serving fine ales to its customers since the 15th century when monks brewed and dispensed to weary travellers. Simply: a truly great village pub.


Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Valley

Address: Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax HX3 7UL

For 350 years, this pub has shaped the life of locals living in the glorious Shibden Valley, West Yorkshire. Its unique position is perfect for getting away from it all whilst providing easy access to the bright lights of Leeds. Fantastic for a weekend stay, particularly if you like country walks.


The White Bear, Masham

Address: The White Bear, Gun Bank, Masham, Ripon HG4 4EN

A quintessential English Inn with lively public bar, traditional dining area and comfortable rooms, in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales. Set out on an invigorating country walk and reward yourself afterwards with a perfect pint and a delicious dinner made from locally sourced seasonal produce.


Hare and Hounds, Hebden Bridge

Address: Lane Ends Ln, Hebden Bridge HX7 8TN

Its stunning location on the edge of the Calder Way, 900ft above sea level, makes The Hare and Hounds feel gloriously escapist – and the views aren’t bad either. Just 20 minutes from Bronte country and Skipton by car, this Timothy Taylor pub is a perfect point for a post-walk pint.


The Old Star, Kilham

Address: Church St, Kilham, Driffield YO25 4RG

A traditional country pub in the heart of The Yorkshire Wolds. Log burners and open fires throughout the pub ensure a warm welcome, even on the coldest day. Their real ales and freshly prepared meals, made using only local ingredients, will warm you from the inside out. All welcome.


The Crooked Tap, Acomb

Address: 3, Greenside House, The Grn, Acomb, York YO26 5LL

A chic, modern, ‘open to all’ space showcasing their own beer alongside new Yorkshire breweries, local craft gin, Yorkshire cider and good quality wines. The Crooked Tap also highlights some of the best street food chefs in the area with their ‘pop up food partners’ concept. Lively and relaxing.


One Eyed Rat, Ripon

Address: 51 Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LQ

Tardis-like in that it appears much smaller from the outside, this is a cracking traditional pub with a log fire and large beer garden. The One Eyed Rat focuses on providing real ale and community events to the people of Ripon and is a cosy, quiet spot for an evening drink and dinner.


The Chequers Inn, Ledsham

Address: South Milford, Park Ln, Ledsham, Leeds LS25 5LP

Find the ‘true taste of Yorkshire’ at The Chequers Inn in Ledsham. With a 500-year history, there is no question that this is one of England’s true traditional pubs, and you will be spoiled for choice by their selection of regional ales and delicious daily food menu showcasing locally sourced produce.

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