There’s that crisp, exciting feel in the air that tells me one thing: Autumn is finally here. And I’m not gonna lie, after a pretty erratic summer, I’m pretty happy to say that. Goodbye muggy air and constant disappointment, and hello predictable, comforting Autumn – AKA, cosy pub season. If you, like me, are planning on hot-footing it straight to the pub to hibernate this season, then you’ll want to bookmark our guide to some of the best pretty pubs in Yorkshire.
Trust me when I say, you’ll want to tick them all off your list.
1. Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
Found in sleepy South Dalton, the beautiful venue acts as both a pub and a restaurant, with ample outdoor seating at the front where guests can soak up the peaceful vibes and pretty scenery.
Now, we have to recommend that you do eat here given the fact that it does have a Michelin star, however, even sitting by the fire with a glass of wine is our idea of heaven. This place is as pretty as they come.
Pipe and Glass, W End, South Dalton, Beverley, HU17 7PN.
2. The Alice Hawthorn
A hidden gem tucked outside of historic York, The Alice Hawthorn is a charming pub that overlooks Nun Monkton’s village green – making for the perfect retreat as we head into the cooler months.
Boasting open fires and a barn-like interior, the pub is not only home to a peaceful garden where you can sip during the warmer days and nights, but serves up an unbelievable menu of elevated pub classics – all beautifully prepared using local, Yorkshire ingredients.
The Alice Hawthorn, The Green, Nun Monkton, York, YO26 8EW.
3. The Woodman Inn, Thunder Bridge
The Woodman Inn became a fast favourite of ours at The Yorkshireman just a couple of years ago. Found in the picturesque hamlet of Thunder Bridge, The Woodman Inn offers ‘cosy’ by the bucket load, with warm hospitality and interiors to boot.
Boasting a warming fire, those classic homely checks throughout its furnishings and a fantastic wine menu, this is the kind of place you’ll want to while the day away while the dog takes a nap by the fire.
Should you get peckish during those hours, the pub serves up a truly beautiful British menu, which is packed full of beautifully presented dishes. We highly recommend going for the whole three courses.
The Woodman Inn, Thunder Bridge Ln, Kirkburton, Thunder Bridge, Huddersfield, HD8 0PX.
4. The Lister Arms, Malham
Stealing the show in the heart of Malham village, The Lister Arms transforms throughout the year – in the warmer months, reflecting the bright hue of the village green it sits on, and in the winter, maturing with stunning red-hued ivy and giving off the perfect Autumn vibe.
It’s as inviting inside as it is on the outside, too, with a traditional pub interior finished off with open fireplaces, warming checks, and local beers on tap.
The Lister Arms, Malham, Skipton, BD23 4DB.
5. Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax
Previously owned by Anne Lister’s former lover, Ann Walker, the Shibden Mill Inn was formerly a corn and spinning mill built back in the 17th century, before being transformed into the cosy country pub it is today.
Covered in greenery and foliage, the pub is home to a tranquil garden where guests can enjoy gorgeous small plates and pizzas, or retreat indoors for a high-end menu packed full of seasonal British dishes made with locally sourced ingredients – some from their very own garden.
Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, Shibden Mill Fold, Halifax, HX3 7UL.
6. The Star Inn at Harome
Could you imagine a more picturesque scene than The Star Inn at Harome, sitting pretty with its traditional thatched roof? No. Us neither.
Sitting right on the edge of the North York Moors, the rural pub is pretty iconic, and today, holds one Michelin star as a result of its incredible food and hospitality.
Inside, expert a roaring fire, plenty of original features, and the scent of seriously inviting grub by Chef Andrew Pern’s highly skilled team.
The Star Inn at Harome, Main St, Harome, Harome, near Helmsley, YO62 5JE.
7. Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough
A little down the river from Mother Shipton’s Cave lies the Mother Shipton Inn, a 16th-century pub packed full of character.
Boasting a quaint, riverside location on the outskirts of Knaresborough, it’s pretty easy to see why we’d deem this one of the prettiest pubs to visit in Yorkshire, thanks to its white exterior embellished with pretty, colourful flowers and quaint pub sign.
Inside, the pub retains many original features, fireplaces that guests can sit beside, and quirky little touches that play on the pub’s curious location.
Mother Shipton Inn, Low Bridge, Knaresborough, HG5 8HZ.
8. The Blue Lion, East Witton
A true Yorkshire Dales gem of a pub, The Blue Lion is a favourite for a reason: its quaint, welcoming exterior, its traditional interior, and its fantastic food.
Found in a picturesque setting in the North of the Dales, the pub takes you back in time with its 18th-century stone exterior, embellished with stone floors, old-worldly wooden benches, hand-written chalkboard menus, and cosy, low lighting.
The Blue Lion, Main Road, East Witton, Leyburn, DL8 4SN.
9. The Tempest Arms, Elslack
Nestled in the countryside on the outskirts of Skipton, The Tempest Arms takes quaint and cosy to the next level, with not only proper country decor and warm surroundings, but countryside views and sheep lolling about outside. Can’t get any more country than that.
Outside, the recently refurbished pub boasts a stunning beer garden, while inside, the pub’s decor complements gorgeous features such as wooden ceiling beams, exposed stone walls and an open fireplace.
The Tempest Arms, Elslack Ln, Elslack, Skipton, BD23 3AY.
10. Cow and Calf, Ilkley
Overlooking one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful natural sights – the Cow and Calf rocks – the Cow and Calf pub has a lot to offer visitors: unique views of Yorkshire heather, the stunning sight of the rocks, sheep surrounding, great drinks, and fab food.
What makes this pub so beautiful is its unique surroundings, which punters looking for a slice of escapism will immediately adore.
Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8BT.
11. Dick Hudsons, Bingley
Bingley’s Dick Hudsons can be found inside an old converted farmhouse, providing the perfect spot for guests to hide away on Bingley Moor.
Equally beautiful (and welcoming) on both the outside and inside, guests can immerse themselves in eclectic, yet cosy decor, warm lighting, roaring fireplaces and the scent of proper pub grub. Their desserts, in particular, are pretty blooming good.
Dick Hudsons, Otley Rd, Bingley, BD16 3BA.