Sandpiper Inn Leyburn

It’s not as easy as you might think, or hope, to find just the right place to stay in mid-Wensleydale. But if you’re there for the big outdoors and fancy  somewhere quaint and warm to come back to, where the food’s good but you don’t have to stand in reverence before it nor dress in your best cruise-wear, you could do a lot worse than the Sandpiper Inn at Leyburn.

It’s a 17th century ivy-clad inn, hard by the centre of town with just two cute bedrooms, up in the eaves - all beams and cottage windows, ensuite bathrooms and a telly. Nothing revolutionary, but it’s comfortable and welcoming and best of all, you just trip down the rickety stairs for a drop of Black Sheep in the tiny bar with a blackboard menu, before eating in the snug little dining room with its dark green walls, oak tables and glowing candlelight. It’s a lovely room whether for dinner or for breakfast next day, and if the days are sunny there’s a little terrace out front where you can watch the world go by.

How much? £90 per double inc breakfast

Kid’s Stuff? Children welcome

Well Placed? In the centre of the market town of Leyburn just as Wensleydale gets exciting to the west and access to all the Yorkshire Dales beyond. Handy for the Forbidden Corner folly garden; Middleham and Bolton Castles and lovely Jervaulx Abbey.

Good Grub? Excellent grub at the Sandpiper, obviously. And. If you’re heading for Jervaulx book in at the Blue Lion at East Witton.

Sandpiper Inn

Market Place, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5AT

Tel 01969 62206

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Type: Inn

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 20 November 2011

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