Beside Roecliffe’s neatly trimmed green, this handsome 16th-century former coaching inn has been put well and truly on the map by owners Karl and Amanda. The couple have worked wonders on the striking green-painted pub, which has been lovingly restored. Stone-flagged floors, oak beams and crackling log fires feature prominently in the civilised bar and dining rooms. Children and dogs are welcome, and food and drink can be served in the garden during the summer months. The bar’s beer handles tempt with some top Yorkshire brewers (Timothy Taylor, Theakston, Ilkley), but it’s the wine list that may catch the eye – 20 pages long and a comprehensive choice of 30 sold by the glass. The two AA Rosettes are well deserved for the pub’s fine preparation of fresh and local produce, from salads and vegetables to farm meats and game, in a clearly focused modern British menu. Crown Inn classics are a strong indicator of the pub’s commitment to provenance and seasonality. How about a plate of calves’ liver with roasted shallots and Cumbrian bacon, buttery mash and Madeira jus? Or a foot of proper Cumberland sausage, perhaps, with red onion and thyme mash, roast shallot gravy and home-made apple sauce? It’s worth pushing the boat out for the exceptional tasting of Yorkshire Dales pork for two – a double rack, fillet, slow-cooked belly, and crisp crackling together with smoked garlic dauphinoise potatoes, apple sauce and Calvados jus. Half a dozen desserts, including a rich Belgian chocolate tart with lime zest and vanilla cream, exude the same attention to detail and careful presentation. Four beautiful en suite bedrooms are furnished to a high specification, including solid mahogany sleigh beds and free-standing baths.