Yorke Arms Ramsgill

News earlier this year that Frances Atkins and husband Bill had put the elegant Yorke Arms up for sale gave us all a bit of a turn. They had been running the indulgent retreat in the heart of Nidderdale since 1997 and Frances, with her innovative and high-end cooking had lifted it to Michelin stardom in 2003 and held it there ever since.  

Happily the buyer, one Jonathan Turner of the Bayford Group (oil, gas, property and the wedding venue Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby) orchestrated a deal in which Frances remained in the kitchen, the charming John Tullett front of house while Turner sank a small fortune into upgrading the rooms. We can all now breathe a sigh of relief that it’s business as usual at the Yorke Arms.  

To be honest we couldn’t see that the rooms need upgrading and it was with some unease that we heard they’d been themed so 'Howzat Bill' had been given a cricket theme and 'Trigger' was all about shooting.  

We needn’t have worried. Howzat may have genuine cricket ball as on the wardrobe doors and sporting life wallpaper and Trigger a rather alarming shotgun butt restyled as a bedside lamp, but it’s all been done with the lightest of touches and the rooms have all the comforts you would expect. You know the score; king size beds, antique furniture, snowy white sheets, elegant bathrooms, bathrobes, flat screen TV, coffee machine and home made shortbread and chocolate brownies in case you hadn’t eaten well enough downstairs.  

Some readers will only know the Yorke Arms from the Trip, the comedy series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon that took the gentle piss out of fine dining. Rest assured there is nothing silly or pretentious about the food. Frances Atkins’ classical dishes are light, fresh, seasonal and very, very good, showcased in the five or eight course tasting menu or the à la carte served in the small dining room next door.   

Get a party of ten together and you can eat in the cosy private Snug and in summer, make for the garden in the wonderful domed ‘onion’. So book in, unwind, relax and enjoy an indulgent stay with outstanding food in this stunning corner of the Yorkshire Dales. We can’t fault it.


How Much? From £300 dinner, bed and breakfast based on two sharing


Kid’s Stuff? They’re welcome


Well Placed? Nidderdale is a stunning part of the county: pretty Pately Bridge is just along the narrow lane that runs alongside Gouthwaite Reservoir and the mighty limestone How Stean Gorge is a must-see. Another unmissable is the Crown Hotel at Middlesmoor an honest pub with real ale and snuff. 


Good Grub: Are you kidding? It kind of goes without saying. Historic


Yorke Arms

Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5RL

Tel 01423 755243

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Type: Restaurant with Rooms

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 4 November 2018

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