The Craven Arms - Skipton, North Yorkshire

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Description

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick is a pub nestled in the heart of wharf dale with that 'something' extra special. Serving real ales and Great food accompanied by gas lighting, real log fires and a great, friendly atmosphere. The cruck barn behind provides the venue for many large events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and party's. The heather thatched roof and soaring oak trusswork provides a truly unique atmosphere for your celebrations. The village of Appletreewick is typical of what the Yorkshire dales has to offer. The nearby river Wharfe flows through the rolling hills and moorland with beautifully kept farmsteads keeping the sheep and livestock in the fields around us. Steeped with history, you'll find your trip to the Craven Arms pub fascinating whether you’re passing on the Dalesway or staying for a while at the many local Bed and Breakfasts, cottages or hotels. There is always plenty to see and do. This 16th century inn lies in the heart of Wharfdale, offering great food and ales and character you always hope to in Yorkshire. Inside, real log fires and gas lamps provide the warmth and light to reveal a traditional “proper” Yorkshire inn. Stone flagged floors lead you under the real oak beams to the two oak bars and dining room, where traditional cask conditioned real local ale is served with a huge menu of delicious home cooked food. Outside, a beer garden offers superb views of the dale and the heather thatched cruck barn. The pub is an ideal base for walkers/travellers, with a complete network of footpaths taking you through some of the most picturesque scenery in the dales. In the 16th century William Craven was born to a pauper’s family in Appletreewick. The Rector of Burnsall found him a job in London, and he travelled by cart to London where he rapidly worked his way up through his employers’ firm, eventually taking it over, making his fortune, and finally becoming Lord Mayor of London. On his return to Appletreewick he enlarged the High Hall, made the road from Appletreewick to Burnsall, built Burnsall Bridge, built Burnsall School, and repaired St Wilfred’s church. He had an enormous influence on the area and his descendants became the Earls of Craven. The Craven Arms pub was part of his Estate and appropriately the heavy oak beam over the fireplace in the Cruck Barn came out of the High Hall during recent renovations. His story is that of Dick Whittington and his coat of arms still hangs over the front door, and hangs over the Cruck Barn fireplace and over the Dining Room and Tap Room fireplaces. The Craven Arms dates back to the 16th century, with signs of earlier origins, and has retained its original features including original fireplaces, heavy low beamed ceilings and stone flagged floors. It was originally a farmhouse and probably developed into a public house over the years by the farmers’ wife brewing ale in the kitchen and selling it to drovers herding cattle sheep and geese to market and to passers by supplementing the family income. There was never any planning permission for it to be a pub as it just gradually came into being. The brew would have been ale, not beer, as the true meaning of ‘ale’ is a drink produced from barley alone without hops, which were not available or possibly not even heard of at that time. In the first half of the 20th century before electricity arrived in the 1950s, the Craven Arms was gas lit, as it is today. At that time, the gas came from carbide produced on the premises. Older residents in the area recall the lights going dim and the landlord having to go round the back to put more water on his carbide! Up to 1926 the Court Leet was held at the Craven Arms, dealing with petty crimes in the area, and is likely to be the reason why the village stocks are located just to the left of the building.

How to find us

Appletree Wick
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 6DA

Maximum Capacity: 100

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Disabled Access