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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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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A solid-looking grey-stone property on the edge of Bainbridge, this boutique hotel occupies what was a school, built in 1848, and headmaster's house (1850). It's on the River Ure, with the River Bain forming the boundary of its five-acre grounds within the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The owners have given a clean, uncluttered look to the interior decor and furnishings, with the oak-floored restaurant kitted out in chocolate and grey tones, with simply appointed bare wooden tables and an open pass into the calm and controlled kitchen. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, helped along by hospitable, service-minded staff. Dan Shotton is a confident chef who's not averse to experimentation, turning out neatly conceived dishes. Pig's head terrine, for instance, comes with two plump scallops under a fold of pleasantly rich, fatty lardo, along with pickled and puréed raisins, pickled shallots and pieces of crispy pork fat, slices of deep-fried breadcrumbed eel adding a pungent, smoky element: an involved dish, but all the flavours complement each other. Dishes are balanced in their conception and construction, and technical aspects are impressive, seen in a main course of roast fillet of halibut, moist and translucent, lifted by boneless chicken wings and accompanied by baby leeks, chanterelles, onion purée and fondant potato, all flaked with grated truffle and mushroom consommé poured at table. Meat-eaters could go for the full-on flavours of beef fillet and oxtail with confit shallots and kale. Breads are excellent and incidentals are well up to the mark, from canapés - among them perhaps goats' cheese and ham rolls with onion purée - to petits fours with coffee, while a pre-dessert sets the tone for the real thing: perhaps pretty-looking chocolate mousse with an orange gel centre accompanied by crisp chocolate 'soil', candied peel and blood orange sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Daniel Shotton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 90
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 35
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

A648 to Bainbridge. Yorebridge House north of centre on right before river

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