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Top 5 Cosy Pubs in Yorkshire

11 November 2017 | Nicola Freedman

From the ‘top of the world’ to narrow side alleys, you’ll find that Yorkshire is teeming with snug pubs to enjoy a pint, tuck into hearty pub fare and lounge by a roaring fire. Here are the northern county’s best spots to settle into on a cold winter’s day.

Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale

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Fancy a pint at Britain’s highest pub? Dating back to the 17th century, the remote Tan Hill Inn sits among the heather-clad moorland at the top of a 1732-ft (528m) hill, against the backdrop of the stunning Yorkshire Dales. With a welcoming fire, a selection of real ciders and ‘ales from the dales’ on tap, and delicious pub food served in the restaurant, the Inn is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. A range of events also take place all year round, while guests can catch live music most Saturday nights – the Arctic Monkeys, Mark Ronson, and the Levellers have all performed a jam session in the pub. Extend your visit and book into one of the historic Inn’s guestrooms - the warm atmosphere and fantastic hospitality are sure to leave you feeling on top of the world.  
Tan Hill Inn can be found at Long Causeway, Richmond DL11 6ED
The Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw

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Nothing beats a traditional country pub. Situated in the charming Yorkshire village of Hardraw, The Green Dragon dates back to the 13th Century, and is home to the famous Hardraw Force - England's highest single drop waterfall, which is also where Kevin Costner bathed naked in the 1991 Hollywood film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. A lovely pub to while away a chilly afternoon, visitors can choose from a range of terrific real ales from Theakstons and local microbreweries, as well as a selection of wines and malts. The pub also offers quality home cooked meals and a wide selection of accommodation to suit all budgets.
The Green Dragon Inn can be found at Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ.
The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

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Log fires, gas lamps and beamed ceilings? For those seeking a cosy country pub, look no further than The Craven Arms. The 16th Century pub is fitted with traditional furniture, and has plenty of cosy corners which, combined with the friendly and welcoming staff, make for an ideal setting to enjoy a pint. Choose from a wide selection of local beers, wines, gins and top shelf spirits or sip, or a warming mug of strong tea, coffee, hot chocolate and even Bovril. The Craven Arms also serves a delicious range of locally sourced meals, including a number of game dishes and pub classics such as steak and kidney pie and the perennially popular fish and chips.
The Craven Arms can be found at Appletreewick, Skipton BD23 6DA
The Robin Hood Inn, Cragg Vale

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Warm up by a roaring coal fire at The Robin Hood Inn. Located high in the moorlands, the convivial Yorkshire village pub has been in business since around 1800, and is a favourite among locals. In keeping with its name, a sign by the pub’s entrance reads: “Ye Bowmen and ye Archers good, Come in and drink with Robin Hood. If Robin to the fete has gone, then take a glass with Little John.” However, whether you stop by for a pint of one of the hand-pumped real ales or their cracking Sunday lunch (the meat is reared by the landlords on their farm), you won’t be disappointed - especially if you manage to grab a seat by the Victorian fireplace come winter.
The Robin Hood Inn can be found at Spa House, Cragg Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5SQ
Whitelocks Ale House, Leeds

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Take refuge from the winter chill in front of a real log fire at Whitelocks Ale House - Leeds’ oldest public house. Tucked away down a narrow alley in the heart of the city, the charming pub is a favourite among locals, and it isn’t hard to see why. Included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 34 times, the Whitelocks’ boasts an excellent selection of real ale, craft beers and several unique ciders. A hand-picked wine list and selection of classic cocktails is also available while seasonal, locally sourced food will impress even the fussiest of diners.

Whitelocks Ale House can be found at Turks Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6HB

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