2 minutes walk down the road from our B & B (Kilnsey Old Hall) was this wonderful place to eat.
The Tennants Arms is a hotel/pub/restaurant on the main road of Kilnsey. The pub is a large traditional country pub with beamed ceilings and original fireplaces. There are several rooms. The food was excellent. They have a imaginative and varied menu offering the usual pub food, but also pasta, vegetarian and seafood dishes as well as a childrens menu. If that is not enoug you can order something from the specials board. They use a lot of local products.
Favorite Dish: I had chicken filled with Wensleydale cheese and bacon in a mustard sauce and potatoes. My husband had a variety of three sausages with onion sauce and mashed potatoes. Everything was fresh prepared and yummy.
Before we all ventured out to the Abbey itself, it was "tea time". We ( Hans and I, June (poons), Sue (Suet), Angie (Angiebabe) and Sue (Suvanki ) headed for THE TEA COTTAGE and took an outside table at the Tea Terrace, overlooking the wonderful Bolton Abbey Priory. We all had our "pot o' tea" and scones with creamy butter and jam. I also had some Hobnobs that I had brought along with me. And oh yes, when you have your cup of tea, you must lift your little pinky finger - it's tradition!
The Tea Cottage also offers light lunches and home cooked Sunday roasts.
There are many pubs and restaurants in the Yorkshire Dales but one worthy of mention is the Cross Keys Inn at Cautley on the western edge of the Dales -- it's actually now in Cumbria due to government boundary changes.
The inn dates back to the mid-17th century and is a temperance inn -- this status followed an incident around 100 years ago when the the landlord drowned in the river behind the inn whilst helping a customer home -- the inn was subsequently sold and the new owner removed the liquor licence in 1902. It remains a temperance inn to this day selling only soft drinks including old favourites like dandelion & burdock, sarsaparilla and ginger beer -- however, you can take your own alcohol if you wish and they don't charge corkage.
Food is excellent, the staff are very friendly and the views from the rear terrace to the Howgill Fells are magnificent (see 'more photos').
Opening hours: Daytime -- Tuesday to Sunday approximately 08-30 to 16-30
Evening -- Wednesday to Saturday from 19-00
Bookings for evening meals is essential
I have never done the tour myself (and remember reading a bad review about it here on VT) but many love it, and Black Sheep is one of Yorkshire's best known breweries as it was started by the black sheep of the Theakston family. They already had the Theakston brewery in Masham when this was bought by the big Newcastle breweries. One of the brothers disagreed with the sale, and started his own Black Sheep brewery. A story that makes me forgive most things as I loathe big breweries buying small ones and making all beers taste the same. These days, the Theakston's have bought their place back if I'm not mistaken (and you can visit them too!) but Black Sheep has meanwhile become established all over the north of England, and especially the Yorkshire Dales. One of my favourites is its very strong Riggwelter (named after a sheep on its back - another Scandinavian legacy word) which you should try.
Being in viking Gunnerside, it is only appropriate that this place should have a viking king on its sign. This pub is a gathering place and waterhole for hundreds of people walking the Coast to Coast or just hiking Swaledale in general. It has a cheerful landlord and a good assortment of northern beer, notably Black Sheep. Sitting outside here, don't be surprised if a flock of sheep suddenly comes wandering on the main road, on the way to some field only they know :) In winter, it is totally different, with almost only locals, open in the evenings only.
Favorite Dish: Black Sheep.
It was Sunday and we decided to push the boat out and have a pub lunch. After calling in at other pubs and not being made to feel welcome having children, or only Sunday lunch was being served, we found ourselves at the Three Horseshoes in Wensley. We were made to feel very welcome AND they were serving the ordinary menu as well as Sunday lunch.
A roaring log fire in a genuine olde worlde pub and a laid back atmosphere. Fairly quiet as well. Our hostess was definitely not local, having a distinct southern accent! but she served a good pub lunch.
Ample car parking in their own car park.
Hand pulled ales from local brewery Black Sheep at Masham.
Meals served lunchtimes and evenings.
Favorite Dish: Philip had roast sirloin of beef, roast parsnip, roast and mashed potatoes and a seperate dish of vegs. and a gravy boat full of tasty gravy. Philip had so much meat, we had to help hbim. It was melt in the mouth stuff.
I had a ploughmans which was a good plateful and delicious. Nick had an open prawn sandwich which came with lots of interesting frills.
An enjoyable experience.