The Yorke Arms
There are many reasons to take a break in Yorkshire, including the incredible countryside and warm welcome of the locals. But there’s no question that the main attraction at The Yorke Arms is the exquisite cooking of co-owner and head chef Frances Atkins.
Eat: One of only six women in the UK to boast a Michelin star, Atkins serves up seasonally changing menus rooted equally in the grand traditions of classical cooking and the local Yorkshire countryside. With a strong focus on excellent fresh, local and seasonal produce, Atkins creates marvellously textured and layered dishes of impressive complexity that manage to stay on the right side of being too clever. The Yorke Arms featured in the TV show The Trip, in which Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan played thinly disguised versions of themselves taking a drive through Northern England’s gastronomic hotspots. Dogs are welcome in the bar downstairs, but understandably not the Michelin star restaurant.
Sleep: Alongside some of the best cooking of the entire series of The Trip, the show proved that the rooms here are as carefully thought about as the menus downstairs. There is one room in the main house open to dog owners and there is no extra charge. There is also the recently restored two-bedroom Ghyll Cottage, just a few hundred yards from The Yorke Arms. This is a charming little retreat with its own private garden and terrace. A perfect base for exploring the local area.
Walk: The Nidderdale Valley is a beautiful place to walk (which is just as well, considering the calories on offer in the restaurant), and the best way to enjoy it is by taking the Nidderdale Way, which can also link up with a walk around Scar House and Angram reservoirs. There is no shortage of other breathtaking (in both senses) walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Or there's a more sedate walk around nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. The more adventurous can explore Brimham Rocks, even taking the circular walk from Pateley Bridge.
Yorks & Humber
SE 11867 71024
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: In the bar
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the bar
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?