This well-maintained 18th-century coaching inn, tucked away in an unspoilt estate village close to Jervaulx Abbey, once catered to drovers and travellers journeying through Wensleydale. Ably run today by Paul and Helen Klein, it has built a reputation as one of North Yorkshire’s finest inns. The interior is best described as rural chic, oozing stacks of atmosphere and charm. The classic bar with its open fire and flagstone floor is a beer drinker’s haven, where the best of the county’s breweries present a pleasant dilemma for the ale lover. A blackboard displays imaginative but unpretentious bar meals, while diners in the candlelit restaurant can expect culinary treats incorporating a variety of Yorkshire ingredients, notably seasonal game. A memorable meal may comprise smoked salmon and celeriac remoulade with crispy capers and lemon oil; slow-cooked pork belly with pickled apple pureé, black pudding Scotch egg and cider reduction; with yogurt and honey cheesecake with confit fig to round it all off.