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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
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

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 with a swish spa and a restaurant that has put it well and truly on the gastronomic map. 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 six- and nine-course tasting menus (there’s a veggie version of the latter), his dishes are colourful, full of presentational artistry and precisely composed flavours, opening with a burst of freshness from raw Isle of Skye scallops with apple, turnip, caviar and apple dashi. Meat and fish are both handled with top-level skills, whether it’s aged Yorkshire beef with various preparations of leek, onion, garlic and morels, all lifted by smoked bone marrow and a sauce of great depth, or superlative turbot seared crisp and golden and presented with fat mussels, sea kale and velvety potato purée. The final flourish delivers high-flying technical panache via blood orange mousse encased in a chocolate sphere, dusted with grapefruit powder and matched with pistachio and toasted rice for texture, and the sour kick of crème fraîche ice cream. Superlative nibbles and amuses punctuate the whole experience in imaginative style. Simpler dining is available in the brasserie, with its roughcast white walls and vibrantly coloured furnishings.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and New Year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Paul Leonard

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 2000
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • 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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Skipton, Ilkley
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