The Strafford Arms

If you’re planning a trip up north this year to breathe in the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and you need a cosy spot to warm your cockles, or you’re local to Leeds and you’re looking for the perfect place to become your new favourite haunt, the picturesque historic county of Yorkshire is just overflowing with incredible pubs that more than deserve your attention.

From charming country establishments packed full of character to award-winning pubs known for serving up the best Sunday roasts in the country, here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite places in the Yorkshire region for you to check out below.

Also, be sure to pick up a FREE copy of our recently released Yorkshire Food & Drink Guide for a comprehensive collection of the very best restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and hotels in the region or read a digital version of the guide here.

The Strafford Arms S75 3EW

Situated just outside the town of Barnsley at the gateway to the Grade I listed Wentworth Castle estate sits The Strafford Arms. Surrounded by Yorkshire’s captivating countryside, this popular historic restaurant and country inn retains all its traditional and charming character whilst boasting all the modern benefits of 21st-century dining. Whether you’re visiting for a dish off of their impressive menu, one of their fantastic Sunday lunch feasts, or a tipple from the pub’s impressive wine list, you’ll wonder why you haven’t stopped off at The Strafford Arms sooner.

The Masons Arms S61 2RP

Boasting an extensive menu full of British classics and contemporary dishes, thirst-quenching drinks, and a warm, stylish, and relaxed ambience, The Masons Arms is a must-visit. Enjoy hearty dishes like the delicious pork belly accompanied by mustard mashed potato, vanilla purée and rich cider jus, the beef and ale stew topped with a puff pastry lid, chunky chips and garden peas, or the classic fish and chips done exceptionally well. The Masons Arms also offers a selection of entertaining weeknight events from pub quizzes and bingo to incredible local musical talent performing every Friday.

The Parish Oven S80 3JU

Combining traditional touches with contemporary features, whether you’re looking for the perfect pub for a celebration with friends or a romantic dinner, The Parish Oven in Thorpe Salvin more than delivers. This charming gastropub has an excellent reputation among locals and it’s easy to see why. From its great-quality food and well-stocked bar to its beautiful beer garden, there are more than enough visits to make a pit stop at The Parish Oven. Try mains like their signature beef Tournedos Rossini, butternut squash and sweet potato risotto with goat’s cheese, rocket and truffle oil, or a chicken and steak dish from their excellent grill menu.

The Rushcart Inn

A traditional country pub housed in the heart of the historically fascinating village of Sowerbry in North Yorkshire, The Rushcart Inn is a traditional country pub offering classic British fare, outstanding service and the warmest of welcomes to all those lucky enough to find themselves around this part of the world. Cosy up inside by the wood-burning fires and admire the traditional and charming features of the pub like the exposed brickwork, wooden panelling, and tasteful statement furniture. Offering various menus throughout the day including a weekday menu which includes the likes of gooey deep-fried Brie served with cranberry sauce, the spicy hunter’s chicken burger, and a delicious homemade lasagne, you’d be a fool not to rush to The Rushcart Inn.

The Alma Inn HX6 4NS

Known for its unparalleled hospitality, The Alma Inn has been greeting guests from far and wide for over 150 years. Nestled in the handsome hamlet of Cottonstones, step inside The Alma and you’ll be welcomed by a warming interior that showcases the fascinating history of the inn, with traditional flagstone flooring, restored beams, open fires, and more modern touches. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic three-course meal, light lunch, or you’re spending a weekend away and wish to book into one of The Alma Inn’s beautiful, chic, and calming rooms boasting stunning views across the Ryburn Valley, your visit to The Alma Inn will be one to remember.

The Woodman Inn HD8 0PX

Situated just outside of Huddersfield, this cosy and characterful 18th-century country inn in Kirkburton uses the freshest and finest locally sourced ingredients to create an enticing and extensive menu full of delicious dishes that are difficult to choose from. With cask ales from award-winning local brewery Small World Beers that are well worth a try and a wine list which is both enticing and diverse, and even unexpected, you’ll be spoiled with options. Try must-eat mains like Waterford Farm salt-aged rib-eye steak served with triple-cooked chips, vine tomatoes and caramelised shallots and finish with dreamy desserts like the surprisingly light white chocolate parfait coated in raspberry crisps and fresh seasonal fruit.

The White Horse BD13 3SJ

Surrounded on all sides by postcard views of the rolling Yorkshire countryside, The White Horse, nestled in the village of Thornton near Bradford, exudes all the charm you’d expect from your favourite country pub. With its two roaring fires and traditional, comfortable rural ambience, The White Horse is the perfect welcoming pub to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Take a seat, get all cosy, and peruse the main menu offering delights such as starters of deep-fried Brie and mackerel pâté and mains of pork loin steak served with cider, red onion and rosemary sauce. Why not also visit on Sunday and bring the whole family for a fantastic Yorkshire roast!?

The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch LS25 5AQ

Fondly referred to as The Thack by locals, this charming village establishment in South Milford offers everything you’d expect from a great Great British pub. From its peaceful country setting less than half an hour from the city of Leeds to its extensive selection of ale, beer, wine, and cocktails available from behind the bar, the pub is ideal whether you’re looking for a place to hang out with mates or a wonderful spot for an intimate evening meal. The seasonal menus here boast a brilliant selection of innovative dishes alongside more traditional plates. As the 2018 winner of the Observer Food Monthly award for the best Sunday lunch, The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch also boasts an exceptional roast offering at the weekend.

The Black Swan YO18 7AL

Situated at the top of the Market Place in Pickering, the 17th-century Black Swan has something for everyone. Known for its welcoming and friendly ambience, this social hub of Pickering will charm you with its Art Deco-style touches and delicious selection of tempting dishes served throughout the day. With everything made from scratch in-house and from locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, whether you’re visiting for breakfast, lunch or dinner you’ll be nothing short of delighted here. Taking influence from The Black Swan’s owners’ time spent in Turkey, the menu evokes a Mediterranean feel but also features plenty of old favourites for those looking for more traditional pub food.

Long Can Hall HX2 0TD

A much-loved destination for ramblers, returning locals and wedding parties, Long Can Hall boasts brilliant views of the stunning West Yorkshire countryside. With its spacious and enticing garden area and charming interiors featuring exposed beams, flagstone floors, atmospheric lighting and wooden furnishings, you’ll feel right at home within Long Can Hall’s walls. Most of the dishes on the menu stay true to the venue’s heritage. Delicious pub classics such as battered haddock with mushy peas, chips and tartare sauce, pie of the moment with mash and chips, and deep-fried scampi will leave you longing for your return trip to Long Can Hall.

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