In the words of food reviewer Amanda Wragg “I’m relieved to walk into the haven of The Hawthorn and the welcome is warm”.
This warm and appealing gastropub has been renovated throughout to showcase an array of local antiques, including a stunning collection of exquisite clocks built by John Barraclough, who not only lived in this very house, but was also Clockmaker to the Brontës themselves. Many items have strong connections with the Brontës and the Barracloughs, and all have a story to tell.
Downstairs has a cosy Georgian tavern atmosphere, welcoming dogs and muddy boots for a well-earned plate of hearty food and pint of real ale (and a dog biscuit or two for four-legged friends.) With its roaring log fire, Georgian wood paneling and lovingly selected historic photos and prints adorning the walls, there is plenty to admire. Proving to be popular with walkers, tourists, families and friends alike, with the occasional celebrity!
Upstairs exudes elegance with its high ceilings, original oak beams, and Georgian windows which look out onto the iconic cobbled main street. If you are looking for a finer dining feel this is the place for you.
The adjoining Private Dining Room and bar are the perfect venue for private parties and get-togethers. Gather everyone around one table and enjoy the dedicated waiter service. There is no charge for the hire simply a minimum spend easily covered by 10 dining guests.
At the heart of The Hawthorn is a passion for food. Using only the freshest seasonal British produce, all dishes are freshly prepared in house by Head Chef Tim Kitchen, who prides himself on perfection. Many of his dishes have a sharing element for family and friends, and the menu changes with the seasons.
The Handmade Josper grill imported from Barcelona is the main feature of the kitchen. The unique cooking method ensures all the natural moisture and flavours of the food are captured within.
A passion for the conservation of traditional breed livestock is reflected in the choice of suppliers. The support to small farms across the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, all of whom exclusively rear Rare and Native Breed livestock in the traditional manner, ensures their long-term survival and the preservation of the countryside.
Fish is freshly delivered from Hartlepool, and vegetables are from one of the best suppliers in the country. “Kitchen has hit the ground running” (The Yorkshire Post) and if you’ve tried his sticky toffee pudding you may be inclined to agree.
Comprehensive vegan, gluten-free and children’s menus are available to ensure there is something for everyone.