The Yorke Arms

After more than two decades, Frances and Bill Atkins have sold their cherished, creeper-covered 18th-century stone coaching inn overlooking the green in a Dales village – but fans should take heart. More

Contact details

01423 755243

Hotel information


18. 4 suites in courtyard, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 25 Dec.


lounge, bar, 2 dining rooms, 1 private dining room, free Wi-Fi in lounge and some bedrooms, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 2-acre grounds.

Background music

in public areas.


not under 12.


allowed in 1 bedroom, bar.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room D,B&B single £275, double £375–£600. Dinner for non-residents £90.

Good Hotel Guide Review

After more than two decades, Frances and Bill Atkins have sold their cherished, creeper-covered 18th-century stone coaching inn overlooking the green in a Dales village – but fans should take heart. New owner Jonathan Turner has initiated a programme of sensitive refurbishment, but otherwise, we are assured, it is business as usual. Michelin-starred chef Mrs Atkins is still in the kitchen, John Tullett remains as general manager, the team is going nowhere, so all’s right with the world. Guests can expect the same ‘wonderful food’ and ‘friendly, efficient service’, as well as refreshed interiors. The ‘comfortable’ country-style bedrooms are a blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings. Two-storey courtyard apartments are a good option for a longer stay. All rooms have handmade treats and high-quality toiletries. A typical daily bar lunch menu runs from garden soup, via Whitby crab and Wensleydale soufflé, to fish and chips and beef fillet with portobello mushrooms, while at dinner the ‘seasonal inspirations’ menu brings such dishes as stuffed roast guineafowl, smoked tongue, borage, juniper; always a tempting vegetarian option. ‘Not cheap, but worth it.’ (Bill Wood, D and LH)

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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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Tourist attractions

  • Ripley Castle

    Home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years.

  • Fountains Abbey

    A World Heritage Site, with abbey ruins, Georgian water gardens and 800 acres of countryside.

  • Brimham Rocks

    Huge stones sit precariously balanced across Brimham Moor.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide