We all know that Yorkshire has some of the greatest traditional alehouses in the country. So, when Mail On Sunday’s Tom Parker Bowles and Olly Smith created a prestigious list of Britain’s most cosiest pubs, which included nine of the Yorkshire’s cosiest pubs, it was no surprise to us.
There were pubs from all over God’s Own Country named in the list that looked at such things as looked at the quality of the food, the selection of ales and wines on offer, whether dogs were permitted and of course, anywhere with a blazing fire.
1. Royal George, Staithes
Found along the East Coast, the Royal George is in the idyllic fishing village of Staithes. It was praised for its coal-fired, real ales and decent food. Enjoy locally caught fresh crab sandwiches as well as fish & chips.
2. Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds
Leeds’ oldest pub was always going to feature on the list. It was praised for its “late Victorian and Edwardian charm, all stained-glass windows, coal fires, polished wood and pretty mosaics. Twelve cask ales, and two kegs, plus proper pub food.”
3. The White Horse Inn (aka ‘Nellies’), Beverley
Found in the Yorkshire Wolds, the only East Yorkshire mention, Nellies is as old-fashioned as they come. The 17th-century coaching inn has “gas lights, chandeliers, snugs, stone-flagged corridors and open fires”. The Sam Smiths pub doesn’t serve food but is like stepping back in time and has decent cheap beer.
4. The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
The Michelin star pub with its thatched roof is more than just a traditional pub. The food is an experience and is only enhanced with the beautiful decor of the timbered ceilings and modern British food with a Yorkshire twist.
5. Shoulder of Mutton, Middleton
This little dog-friendly pub serves up a beautiful steak and ale pie, as well as a “range of beers served us fabulously. Skip the services, bring the dog and warm up here.”
6. Harrogate Tap, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The beautiful spa town of Harrogate is always a pleasure to visit. Especially when you get to visit the Harrogate Tap at the station. It was praised for its “discreet grandeur of the panelling, curvy leather banquets and huge range of world beers.”
7. The Blue Lion, East Witton, North Yorkshire
Log fires, deep and cosy settees are what The Blue Lion has to offer. How to the popular Yorkshire Brewery, Black Sheep, the historic pub still has the original sign carefully preserved on the front and serves up an amazing array of wines and ales.
8. The Craven Arms, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
The pub is another offering gas-lighting, real fires and a cellar for cask-conditioning. Found in the Yorkshire Dales, the heather-thatched cruck (curved timber) barn behind the pub, built-in 2006, is never forgotten! Said to be the first cruck to be built since the reign of Henry VIII, it’s the event space for the Craven, and well worth a look.
9. Blues Bar, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Harrogate’s second appearance in the list, not strictly a cosy pub, they praise it for its “warmth” and decent drinks. Enjoy live music and great beer at this unique venue space.
Check out the full list here.