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At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year

This 200-year-old pub lies in the heart of Wensleydale, known for its castles, abbeys and waterfalls. Located next to an 18-hole golf course and at the entrance to Akebar Holiday Park, The Friar’s Head overlooks beautiful countryside and has grounds where you can play bowls or croquet. Inside you’ll find exposed beams and stonework, and hand-pulled Yorkshire ales at the bar. There are lush plants and vines in the Cloister conservatory dining room and in the evening it looks magical in the candlelit. From the frequently changing menu, typical dishes include tapas choices, twice baked spinach and gruyère soufflé; slow-braised lamb shank; Yorkshire farmed venison steak served pink with caramelised onions and juniper sauce.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 10-3 5.30-11.30 (Fri-Sun 10am-11.30pm Jul-Sep)
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12-2
  • Dinner opening: all wk 5.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Cumberland Corby Ale, Theakston Best Bitter, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Wensleydale Semer Water, Guinness
  • Real ciders: Somersby

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Contact pub for details
  • Cider festival, Contact pub for details


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available

Getting here

From A1 at Leeming Bar onto A684, 7m towards Leyburn. Entrance at Akebar Park

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