Idyllic rural dining
Whether you're in need of a refuel after a hard day of hill walking or you just want to gorge on some of the local grub, Swaledale is home to a number of friendly and delicious eateries that are waiting to welcome you into their doors. If you're in need of fine dining, why not try Keld Lodge, the recently refurbished Kearton Country Hotel, or The Punch Bowl, all of which offer an eclectic mix of local and continental cuisine. Alternatively if you simply fancy some real ales and hearty homemade pub grub, be sure to visit The Farmers Arms in Muker, where ‘dogs, muddy boots & families are welcome.'
For afternoon tea, Muker Tearoom is an absolute must. Passionate about their food and with striking panoramic views of Mukerside and Swaledale from the patio, this former Victorian vicarage is the ideal spot to take a breather after you've soaked up the surroundings. Inside this charming building you'll also find two open fires, a village store and an en-suite B&B room. Alternatively why not have lunch or afternoon tea on the roof terrace at Ghyllfoot Tearoom in Gunnerside. With views of the esteemed Gunnerside Ghyll, this family owned tearoom and bistro is a hot spot for unwinding and recouping right in the heart of Swaledale.
Homemade local produce
Swaledale has a wide selection of locally sourced produce, with the award winning Hawes creamery just a short drive away you'll find some of the most exciting artisan cheese examples in the country at your fingertips; from Swaledale's very own extra mature blues to Hawes' delicious Wensleydale with cranberries. There are also a number of speciality delis and farm shops where you can find a range of mouth-watering meats including fine Swaledale lamb and real dairy ice cream from the parlour.