The Yorke Arms

A winning combination of ‘first-class hospitality’, ‘divine’ one-Michelin-star cooking and an ‘unbeatable’ location in the Yorkshire Dales continues to draw visitors to Frances and Bill Atkins’s ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms. More

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The Yorke Arms
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16. 4 in courtyard, 2 in Ghyll Cottage in the village.


all year except 25 Dec, closed Sun and Mon.


lounge, bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi in drawing room and some bedrooms, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 2-acre grounds.

Background music

classical in dining rooms.


not under 12.


allowed by arrangement in 1 bedroom and cottage, and in bar area.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room D,B&B £345–£430. Tasting menu £85, à la carte £65.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A winning combination of ‘first-class hospitality’, ‘divine’ one-Michelin-star cooking and an ‘unbeatable’ location in the Yorkshire Dales draws visitors to Frances and Bill Atkins’s ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms. ‘Things aren’t static here. Little tweaks are continually made to add to the comfort and charm of the place,’ say returnees in 2016. Sample ‘delicious complimentary nibbles’ by the log fire, while Bill Atkins (‘charm personified’) is on hand to recommend the specials of the day. Cooked by Frances Atkins, the ‘superb’ menu uses seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden and surrounding moorland. ‘There is real cheffery here!’ Bedrooms have ‘everything you’d expect of a luxury hotel’, including magazines and ‘delicious’ biscuits. ‘Accessed via a maze of corridors and a short stretch of wrought-iron balcony, our courtyard room turned out to be a substantial suite, faultlessly decorated. Generous wardrobes separated the bedroom area from a cosy sitting room. On a stormy night, it was immensely pleasant to be in.’ ‘Not cheap, but worth every penny.’ (Francine and Ian Walsh)

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Guest comments

'We booked for a culinary treat and chance to explore a lovely Dale. The visit more than lived up to expectations. The food was wonderful. The room though 'bijou' was well equipped and the service was both friendly and efficient. And the setting in Nidderdale and scope for our walks we felt was unsurpassed. ' - David & Lorna Hellard - April, 2017
'We were booked into the new rooms 17 and 18 across the small courtyard at the rear - and they are super. A large ground floor lounge with settee, chairs TV and fridge and upstairs the bedroom with bathroom etc and another TV. We enjoyed the eight- course tasting menu and wine flight which was excellent. A comfortable lounge for afternoon tea /aperitifs. ' - William Wood - May, 2016
'The minute rustic entrance and the bar feel cramped, but the lounge is bigger, and the dining room is spacious, furnished with traditional high-backed chairs and polished wooden tables in a comfortable rather than elegant style. Tea and first-class biscuits and slim slices of heavenly cake are offered on arrival. Out bedroom in the main house had a stone mullioned window overlooking the green, solid white oak robust but simple modern furniture. Frances Atkins’s Michelin one-star menu was the best we have tasted for a long time in the UK. Service was efficient but also engaging, creating a friendly atmosphere. Breakfast had a simple buffet and full range of standard cooked dishes. ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - February, 2015
'This has to be one of the top five restaurants-with-rooms in the country. Frances Atkins's cooking is brilliant.The rooms are also to be recommended. They may not be that spacious but they are comfortable, and the bathrooms are modern and well equipped. The key to the success is all about management. The service is professional but also friendly. People seem to care. There is a bit of the country house party atmosphere which encourages companionship between guests. ' - David Hampshire - March, 2012

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