Sunday, 4 March 2012

Craven Arms, Appletreewick

The Yorkshire Dales are peppered with good pubs and not a few good breweries. In the mid to upper reaches of Wharfedale lies the village of Appletreewick which has two pubs and one church which speaks volumes for the villagers' priorities. When I am in the area I make a point of calling in to the Craven Arms.

Inside it is like stepping back in time. Open fires and nicknacks are the order of the day.

There are two bars with an array of localish beers including Cruck Barn Bitter brewed in Hetton which is about six miles from the pub.

Food served is of a good standard pub-food and the portions are liberal. On the menu when we called in were: Belly pork with black pudding (my choice), roast lambshank, brisket of beef and whole roast Camembert. Service is prompt and friendly, just as you would expect. 

Having strolled down to Burnsall and back before we ate the food did not last very long but the general feeling was that it was good value at £10.95 for a main course.

So with nice beer and good food (locally sourced wherever possible) the Craven Arms is an absolute gem of a pub and we recommend it as a great stopping off point if you are in the area.