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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Seasonal menus in a lovely setting

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The Devonshire Arms may sound like a cosy village pub but is actually a country house hotel set in 30,000 acres of the Duke of Devonshire's estate, and the Burlington Restaurant is the star of the show, where chef Paul Leonard delivers food of craft and creativity, making good use of the estate's excellent produce (dining during the game season is a good idea) and the kitchen garden for herbs, vegetables and fruits. Presented in various tasting menus (there’s a veggie version too), in addition to the fixed price menu, his dishes are colourful, full of presentational artistry and precisely composed flavours, opening with salt-baked beetroot, perhaps, with smoked goats’ cheese and beer vinegar, or langoustine with pig’s cheek, fennel and granola. Meat and fish are handled with top-level skills, whether it’s Yorkshire Shorthorn beef with spring fresh asparagus, morels and wild garlic, or superlative halibut from Gigha with spring peas, hispi cabbage and mussels. The final flourish delivers wonderful flavours, whether Gariguette strawberries with sweet cicely and custard, or figs with yoghurt and pistachio. The cheeses, too, are remarkable, selected direct from individual farms. Nibbles and amuses punctuate the whole experience in imaginative style. Simpler dining is available in the brasserie.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and New Year (open residents only)
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Paul Leonard

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 800
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 90
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On B6160 to Bolton Abbey, 250 yards north of junction with A59 roundabout.

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Nearest train station

Skipton, Ilkley
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