The Bull is a very old traditional country inn set on the banks of the River Ure in the picturesque village of West Tanfield which lies just north of the ancient Cathedral City of Ripon. Restored in 1699, parts of the inn are formed from what was once the ferryman’s cottage and the artist JMW Turner drew scenes of the nearby ancient Marmion Tower on one of his many tours of Yorkshire.
Located at the gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the area around West Tanfield in steeped in history and is an ideal base from which to tour the area. For walkers interested in exploring the countryside on foot, routes such as the Ripon Rowel, Yoredale Way, the Staveley Circle and the Way of the Roses are close by. For family entertainment, there is the very popular Lightwater Valley complex just a short distance away. The Bull has a small private dining room-cum-family room and children are welcome to eat there.
Well behaved dogs are welcome and might even be offered a biscuit or two from the jar on the bar.
At present the inn is operating on ‘winter hours’ and is closed on Tuesdays and between 3 and 5 on weekday afternoons.
A range of home-cooked dishes which feature local produce, is offered at lunch times and evenings. On Sundays food service is from 12 – 4pm but on Saturdays food is served all day from 12 until 9pm.
On the bar we have a range of cask conditioned ales with, of course, the famous local brews from Theakstons and Black Sheep in Masham.