MALHAM, BD23 4DB
This handsome old stone coaching inn sits amongst some of the county's most impressive limestone scenery which is riddled with caverns. Being right on the village green makes it a good place to stop for morning coffee, a pint of one of the guest ales, or Thwaites Wainwright bitter, named after Blackburn-born Alfred Wainwright, famous for his Lakeland Fells guides. History is visible wherever you look: outside, there's a traditional mounting block for horse riders, and a beautiful tiled entrance way; inside, the renovated ground floor is divided into little nooks, with original beams, flagged floors and wood burning stoves. The kitchen team serve up food that is seasonal, local and always freshly prepared with an Inn Season menu (that changes monthly) available from 5pm. For lunch try honey baked ham and home-made piccalilli sandwich with hand-cut chips; or an old faithful Thwaites Ale battered haddock and chips. The Lister Arms is famous for their home-made pies - cheddar cheese and onion is always on the menu along with a daily special such as steak and ale pie, served with creamy mash and mushy peas. Alternatively, the grill section offers steaks and chops sourced from local farms in the surrounding Dales; options include an 8oz sirloin, 9oz rib-eye or 10oz rump. Puddings and cake are home made too, with sticky toffee pudding being a firm favourite. The children's menu includes all the little ones' favourite dishes and healthy options, of course. Well-behaved dogs, muddy boots and cycles are also happily welcomed.