Craven Arms, Appletreewick

North Yorkshire
BD23 6DA
01756 720270

This 16th century stone built farmhouse is pretty much what you’d expect a Dales pub to be like, with its warren of rooms, flagstone floors and old kitchen range (photos 1 & 3). Popular with walkers during the day and with diners and real ale drinkers at any time, it overlooks the Wharfe valley and Burnsall Fell.

A cruck barn built using the ancient method of cruck framing was added behind the pub a few years ago and is used as an extra dining area and for irregular live music gigs (photos 4 & 6).  If you’ve been to a gig and don’t want to drive home there are three shepherds huts behind the pub. There’s also Mason’s campsite a short walk away and in winter, when the campsite is closed, you can park your campervan in the pub car park overnight.

Seven real ales are served (five in winter), including the wonderful Theakstons Old Peculier (photo 2). Fresh local produce is a passion and meals are served all day. The pub name comes from the quite large ancient district which stretched from Keighley right across to the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire (photo 5).

The village name means apple tree hamlet in Old English but is often shortened locally to Ap’trick. Best to get your accent right before you try it in public.

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