Set in the heart of pretty Addingham, a village surrounded by rolling countryside with the Yorkshire Dales on its doorstep, the Craven Heifer is a unique find. Beyond the pleasingly symmetrical frontage of this quintessentially Yorkshire pub, albeit a very smart one, you’ll find seven individually styled bedrooms that are based on famous Yorkshire folk, and a kitchen that knows more than a thing or two about fine food.
Exposed local stone, an open fireplace, rustic wood finishes, banquette seating and leather armchairs combine to create the vision of Craig Minto, who opened this restaurant with rooms in 2012. Since then, following a huge refurbishment, the Craven has become known for its luxury accommodation, fine food, charm and character.
The à la carte, daily changing early bird menu, and seasonal tasting menu are a wonderful exploration of all that the local area yields, so changes regularly to incorporate as much seasonal produce as possible. As you might imagine, this means ingredients are served at their peak, rendering the Craven Heifer’s modern British offering absolutely dripping with flavour. The current selection offers a wonderful starter of potted Addingham Moorside rabbit. Main courses explore the locale further, listing tasty 4oz fillet of Waterford farm beef, ox cheek suet, celeriac purée, Worcester sauce-glazed carrots and red wine sauce, and succulent Nidderdale chicken, ham hock and leek pie with mustard cream and hand-cut chips. Conclude your Yorkshire feast with Harrogate sponge: raspberry sponge, white chocolate and whiskey ganache, mousse and raspberry sorbet. Regular events like wine-tasting evenings, and the option to hire the premises exclusively means there’s always a reason to visit.