The Best Pubs in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is famous for its scenic walks and many, many pubs. In fact, the village of Otley in West Yorkshire has the most pubs per inhabitant in the UK. But where are the best places to sup a pint in this iconic Northern county? Obviously, this is not a definitive list by any means.

Green Dragon, Hardraw

Not many pubs can claim they have a gorgeous waterfall out back. Not so this 13th century public house in the wonderfully named, if tiny, hamlet of Hardraw in North Yorkshire. Known as Hardraw Force, this waterfall is just off the famous Pennine Way walk and has thus attracted many well-known visitors over the years. These have included artist JMW Turner and writer and poet William Wordsworth. Both parties stayed at the Green Dragon overnight, enjoying its rustic fireside charm and Yorkshire brewed ales. Today visitors to Hardraw Force must pay a small fee at the bar as they pass through, although the spectacular views of the 100ft falls are definitely worth it.

The Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole

This tiny pub, in the very English-ly named Beck Hole, has two bars and an old-timey sweetshop crammed into a rather small space. The inside décor of the place has hardly changed since the 1920s, meaning the Birch Hall Inn is now on the Campaign for Real Ale’s historic pub interior list. Its also one of very few pubs with a working shop inside it! The idyllic location, great local beer and its reputation for top food make the Birch Hall Inn make it a perfect stop off for walkers and tourists exploring the North York Moors National Park.

The Trembling Madness, York

And now for somewhere a little more accessible and, dare we say it, hip – The Trembling Madness is one of the city of York’s trendiest little pubs. It is often jammed with students at the weekends, sampling many of the 600 beers and ales on offer from around the world. First built in 1180, the walls here are lined with the stuffed heads of hundreds of years’ worth of hunted animals. Add to that the real blazing fireplace and locally brewed ale, and you can see why it was voted Britain’s Best Craft Beer Retailer in 2017. Oh, and you better hurry if you want to see The Trembling Madness in its original form – its due to close for relocation in October 2018!

Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale

No list of Yorkshire pubs would be complete without mentioning the famous Tan Hill Inn. Officially England’s highest pub, at 1,732 feet (or 528m) above sea level, Tan Hill Inn has been visited by many television and film crews over the years. With scenic views of the Yorkshire Dales, the pub was originally built for local coal miners towards the end of the 17th century. Since the pits closed, the pub is not quite remote too. At 11 miles from the nearest town of Kirkby Stephen, there’s not much chance of annoying the neighbours when you leave!