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High-impact modern dining in the former headmaster's residence

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At a glance

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

The old Yorebridge grammar school was established here in the 17th century, although the present schoolhouse and headmaster's residence date from around 1850. What a pleasant spot it must have been in which to cram your Latin grammar, the luxuriant Yorkshire Dales unfolding all around you, the rivers Bain and Ure flowing peaceably by on either hand. Following the First World War, it went daringly co-ed, and after its last ever pupils had bid the place a fond farewell, it had a career as head office of the Dales national park. Today, the trim greystone buildings make a fine country hotel, and while it may be hard to imagine the last headmaster neck-deep in a hot tub in the great outdoors,that was surely only for want of the technology. The main building and guest-rooms have indeed been boutiqued to perfection, with an understated palette of charcoal-grey against louvred doors deployed to stylish effect in the dining room. Dan Shotton and his brigade favour a straightforward, unpretentious approach to the modern British repertoire, founded on ingredients of unimpeachable quality presented in ways that don't render them unrecognisable, but work with the grain of their natural flavours for maximum impact. Dishes certainly look attractively intricate, but in an enlightening rather than obfuscating way, and combinations that have passed into the modern classic pantheon are given new point and impetus, as when salmon ballotine is equipped with the earthy notes of heritage beetroot and horseradish, or when a scallop starter is teamed with meaty smoked eel and the concentrated tartness of Granny Smith apple. Sound northern meats such as Gressingham duck and beef fillet from nearby Wensleydale are accorded intuitive, satisfying treatments, the former with red cabbage, parsnip purée and boulangère potatoes, the latter with salsify and kale and a portion of glutinously braised ox cheek. The first duty of chicken these days is often to support a fish dish, and here a nice sticky wing plays supporting role to a perfectly timed fillet of stone bass, along with pied bleu mushrooms and leeks. The finale could be an impressive array of British cheeses, including some fine local specimens, with chutney and lavoche crispbread, or there may be mandarin cheesecake with honeycomb and ginger. If it's pedigree rhubarb you're after, you've come to the right region, and could well find it starring in a 'Caramac' dessert with white chocolate. An admirably clear wine list with helpful notes throughout helps matters no end.

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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(s): 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

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

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