Red Lion Hotel
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Red Lion Hotel

By The Bridge, Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales National Park BD23 6BU England
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#2 of 2 hotels in Burnsall
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The Red Lion itself is a 16th Century building located next to the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National park.The Manor House is our B&B located 150 yds away from the Red Lion along the River bank, and is an ideal base for those walking the Dales Way or budget conscious.We are a traditional Yorkshire Dales family run business offering excellent cuisine focusing on local produce.Whether you wish to relax and enjoy our hospitality or explore the Dales there is something for everyone.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Fishing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Internet
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Ironing service
Room features
Housekeeping
Bottled water
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French, Bulgarian, Polish and 1 more
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Chris G wrote a review Jan 2020
Stockport, United Kingdom39 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 3 nights between Christmas and New Year. We booked a superior room in a cottage annexe a very short walk from the main entrance. The room was spacious and comfy and even though it did not look over the river it was a peaceful and quiet outlook. Shower over bath was powerful in a very large and warm bathroom. We enjoyed the quick blast of fresh air walking to and from breakfast and dinner. Both of these meals were great. We have stayed in the other hotel up the road in the village and there was no comparison. Breakfast choice included guacamole and poached egg with pancetta as well as a good selection of fruit compotes and delicious yoghurt. We ate in on all 3 nights and particularly enjoyed the calves liver which was beautifully cooked with lentils (and a large portion) with a good selection of wines. Staff were unfailingly smiley, friendly and helpful and effIcient. The walks along the river from the door were great with Bolton Abbey, the steam railway( running on the Sunday) Skipton all within easy distance. We had a lovely time in a professional but friendly and traditional pub with a roaring fire for tea or G and T in a welcoming residents lounge.
We will certainly be back. Thank you.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from redlionmanagement, Owner at Red Lion Hotel
Responded 17 Jan 2020
Many thanks for taking the time to review us. What a great review, We are really pleased that you enjoyed your first visit to the Red Lion. We take huge pride in our food and service so its great to hear that it was enjoyed ! For the best available rates please don't hesitate to call us on 01756 720204, looking forward to hopefully being able to welcome you back kindest regards Sarah, Vicky, Katy and Eleanor
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Blackdownalpaca wrote a review Aug 2021
Hemyock, United Kingdom108 contributions94 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for a week at the beginning of August, with high expectations that it would compensate for the lack of a foreign holiday this year.... and it absolutely did not disappoint!
We arrived early after a six hour drive and were welcomed with a drink in the quiet residents lounge; we stayed in Room 3, a large room with a private entrance, sitting area with comfortable sofa, huge bed and generous bathroom large enough to accommodate a separate bath and shower. There was excellent storage, a well stocked hospitality tray, fluffy bathrobes and good quality toiletries from a local supplier.
I believe the room had been recently redecorated, the traditional style with a contemporary feel was perfect.
The staff were without exception friendly and professional, and nothing was too much trouble.
Covid measures were in force, although they did not spoil the experience of staying in a traditional Dales hotel; for example, rooms were serviced on request, an approach which gave you the choice about whether you wanted someone to go into your room.
The restaurant served a very good range of delicious dishes; we ate there each evening and were spoiled for choice. Service was efficient, and we soon felt like regulars - always a good thing.
The views of Burnsall Bridge and the surrounding countryside were stunning; there was safe parking and very little traffic noise. We would not hesitate to return to this lovely hotel and would highly recommend staying here. Thank you for creating such a lovely place for our holiday - we didn't miss France at all!
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Joanne S wrote a review Aug 2020
Otley, United Kingdom74 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at the Red Lion for one night just to get away after the many months of Covid restrictions. We got married there 9 years ago so it is a special place for us. On arrival we bumped into Joel, the wedding planner and he recognised us which was amazing after 9 years. The set-up feels really safe in terms of Covid as there are clear one way systems, lots of apparent cleaning and table service. We had dinner in the restaurant, the food and service were both top quality. We got a really good price on a superior room and it was very nice. A large luxurious bathroom and nice warm robes to relax in. We thoroughly enjoyed our night away and will be back soon. Thank you to all at the Red Lion for making it such a lovely stay
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Sarah stockdale, Owner at Red Lion Hotel
Responded 28 Aug 2020
Many thanks for taking the time to review us. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your wedding anniversary with us and that you felt safe in such uncertain times. Such positive feedback is always lovely to receive when all our team are working super hard. We look forward to welcoming you back over the coming years Kindest regards Eleanor
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Mr_Spock56 wrote a review Aug 2021
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom1,353 contribution220 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 1 night at this venue whilst walking the Dales way and they kindly agreed to take delivery/pass on our baggage from the transfer company on the day we arrived and left. Having previously read all the good reviews for the pub we had very high expectations especially as it was the most expensive place that we stayed at during the trail. Check in was quick and efficient and the hotel itself looked a quintessential English pub and was very popular. Breakfast was excellent with lots of choices and good quality food; the staffs also were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately that’s where it starts to go downhill. We were given a room in an annexe, 125m from the rear of the hotel on the other side of the village which meant walking to and from the hotel in the rain with our bags. The room we were allocated was quite large however whilst they had tried to improve the décor it looked old and dated. The bathroom can only be described as very small with a toilet to the left and a sink directly in front and a shower to the right of you. Having a shower was virtually impossible (on the day we left we didn’t bother) in that you had to close the shower cubicle doors before turning the water on which meant you got an immediate blast of cold water. You could not redirect the shower head away from you which meant that as soon as you soaped up it was washed away. This is one of the worst shower cubicles that we have ever experienced. It would have easily been possible to make the bathroom larger if they had removed the old brick fireplace which to be honest, didn’t add to any aesthetic value to the room. We suspect that this annexe is used for all walkers on the Dale’s Way to try and avoid any mess being left by muddy boots etc. To be honest, we wouldn’t stay again unless we had a room in the main hotel complex.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Stay in the main complex
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coppo5586 wrote a review Jan 2020
Ilkley, United Kingdom40 contributions23 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Cycling in the area and popped in for a light lunch. (Local cafes seemed to be closed - they were more what I was looking for) The staff at the Red Lion were initially very welcoming and the place seemed nice to sit in.They had maybe half a dozen customers in the bar an lounge area.

Most main courses were (well) over £13 and I only wanted a lightish snack. Ordered a ham sandwich in granary and a pint of Old peculiar. The sandwich was quite pleasant but amounted to maybe a couple of pounds worth at best. The OP was really excellent so had another half and went to pay. £14.40! I queried the bill (nicely and politely I thought) and the friendly attitude changed. The main reason for the bill was that the beer was over £5/pint.

An impression I had was that because I had ONLY spent £14 they weren't interested in me.

Interestingly I heard at least a couple of customers saying how good the food was.
Maybe I was unlucky - but I won't be going back.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from redlionmanagement, Owner at Red Lion Hotel
Responded 25 Jan 2020
Many thanks for taking the time to review us. We remember you coming in this Tuesday and I was nothing but polite, we actually stood and chatted for a good 10 minutes. You had been into another local pub and had a pint of old peculiar before arriving with us and told me it was a poor pint, I know for a fact that their pint is more than ours. Glad you enjoyed your sandwich, just not sure where you have had a sandwich before for only a couple of pounds ? its more than a couple of pounds for a supermarket sandwich ! ours comes with salad, homemade coleslaw and crisps. Our OP is £5.00, not over £5.00. When you queried the bill I politely said its the beer, you said you thought it would be more like £4.00 a pint, my response was 'you wont find a pint of OP anywhere for around £4.00 a pint'. You left happy. We are interested in everyone! what a ridiculous comment to make, we don't judge anyone on how much they have spent. Yours sincerely, Jim
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Tastymorsels1 wrote a review Aug 2022
6 contributions9 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Ate here a few times as we were staying here in the cottages. Service is almost non existent, you can’t go to the bar to get a drink you have to wait until the staff come over to take your order. The staff just wander around avoiding eye contact with you looking tired and overworked and on each occasion that we visited it took an age to place the order and even longer to get the drinks. On one occasion we’d ordered a couple of beers which arrived totally dead, husband went to the bar to complain as was dying of thirst by now and barman said well they will be, they were pulled ages ago and have been sat there waiting for someone to bring them to you !

Food arrived and was bizarrely pre salted? I’ve never ever been served fish and chips pre salted (why have salt on table then?) and it was so salty it was totally spoilt, the other meals were the same. We had a time limit as kids being baby sat so knowing how long this would take to rectify here we just carried on eating our thoroughly unenjoyable food as we were hungry. Salt aside this is cheap 2 for 1 type pub food being served at gastro pub prices. The only thing this pub currently has going for it is the location which is spectacular.

As a side note you pay for your food and drinks immediately upon ordering at the table. They are quick to take your money but that’s all.

Holiday cottages have amazing location right by the river and the view is mesmerising, but are riddled with simple to fix issues which just makes you feel like the owners are lazy/greedy/indifferent. For example virtually every door handle comes off in your hand or doesn’t function properly. Bathroom could do with a good bleach and tidy up, mouldy grout in shower, missing tiles, dated decor. Walls need mould treatment and re painting. Cooker isolator switch only isolated hob not the oven so kids can switch on oven, safety issue. One of the windows on the second floor does not shut and lock and can be pushed open, also safety issue. Large cracks in walls that need filling and painting. Ancient looking curtains poorly fitted and missing hooks so they don’t close properly. No chopping knives in drawers or pan lids. Old 90s looking Pine furniture which is water stained and wood has split. No flat sheet on bed just the fitted sheet and a heavy duvet during a heatwave.

Owners need to get the basics right here, it really wouldn’t be hard to do if they actually wanted to. It also, frustratingly would cost hardly anything to put things right.

I’d love to stay again if they sorted these simple things out purely because of location. Burnsall itself is wonderful.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DAN KELLY wrote a review Sept 2021
16 contributions12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Called here at lunch time 7th September. The weather was incredible and we were lucky to find a nice outside table outside but under cover from the hot Sun, so far so good.
A grey haired male staff member took our order for drinks. I asked him what strength Wharfedale Blonde was. He replied 4.2 (this I Iater found out to be incorrect it is 3.9) I then said, ' I'll have a pint of that thank you'
Another member of staff brought the drinks and my pint was not Wharfedale but something else.
I immediately questioned this and he called grey haired man over. Grey haired man argued that I had not ordered Wharfedale and I reminded him that I had and had also asked him about the strength. He agreed to change the beer but was still muttering that he was right. You may think that I an a little rude referring to him as grey haired man but I overheard him referring to me as Wharfedale Man so think that is reasonable on my account.
We ordered sandwiches, the filling was meagre and the butter was sparse. The sandwiches came with salad and coleslaw. One of our party asked a blonde woman for cutlery and her reply was yes I don't expect you to use your hands.
To sum up, the food was expensive and poor quality. The beer was also expensive at £5 per pint. The staff have no idea of customer service and seem to regard customers as a necessary evil.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jacqueline K wrote a review Oct 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed up the road in the Devonshire Fell Hotel but popped in for a drink. We sat outside and had an Irish coffee under a large gazebo which kept us dry from the rain and warm with an overhead heater. I noticed ceiling light was on In a guests room then it started to jerk side to side violently then suddenly stop. There were no objects close by to knock it, it was moving by itself. It wasn’t swinging or moving naturally it was jerking with nothing touching it. I told my boyfriend I thought that was a ghostly activity as he had missed it but he was as surprised as me when we read later in the hotel is surprised to be haunted. It didn’t feel spooky. We enjoyed our drinks and this wouldn’t put us off coming back and maybe staying over next time.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ThePBTrainerLeeds wrote a review Jan 2022
Leeds164 contributions82 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect sunny Winter’s day for a walk along the River Wharfe to Burnsall. Planned to eat at Wharfe View cafe but disappointed to find it closed along with Riverbank (not open Wednesdays). Only option was the Red Lion but with sandwiches starting at £8.50 are quite expensive. Other members of the public were sat drinking at the tables at the entrance as it was bright and sunny. Went in to order but was told that due to staffing levels the Red Lion could not provide meals outside during Winter months. I said I would collect the sandwiches myself once they were ready. The waitress went to ask her Manager who came to tell me that I could eat them in the restaurant which was quiet but “not outside” (at their tables).
My wife is classed as extremely vulnerable to Covid so felt no alternative but to leave hungry with £30 saved. Strange times indeed.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BeeS wrote a review Oct 2023
Nottingham263 contributions160 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the cottages which are in a row of 5, right on the river bank to the right of the pub / hotel. They officially accommodate 6 but I think that would be uncomfortable. Maximum I’d recommend is 4 adults or 2 adults + 3 children (there’s 2 small double bedrooms, one small bathroom with shower / WC, 2 armchairs and a 2 cushioned sofa bed). Included in the price is a lovely breakfast in the hotel which has help yourself toast, fruit salad, berry compote, yoghurts, a range of cereals with the hot part cooked to order and very good quality. We ate our evening meals in the pub which were exceptionally good, imaginative and reasonably priced. The roast beef on Sunday was delicious and included my favourite spiced red cabbage, crusted roast parsnip and mashed carrot with a side bowl of mixed greens. The next day’s braised brisket and king prawn fish pie were also delicious. The dining room is the more formal eating area with lots of other nooks and crannies for more casual dining … and plenty of dogs which are well catered for. The cottage was upside-down to take advantage of the views. It was very warm inside, even with the radiators turned off we had to open windows in late Oct. The kitchen is well equipped with oven, microwave, f/f, dishwasher and washing machine. We didn’t use it to cook a meal in because the food at the pub was so good. The cottage was tidied and beds made during the day which was a nice surprise. The only issue was availability of hot water from the taps (the shower runs separately) which was hit and miss. There is only 3 parking spaces outside the 5 cottages on a first come first served basis. There is a main car park through the tunnel if the 3 spaces are taken. All the staff we encountered were engaging and helpful and the property is well maintained. I would definitely recommend to others and look forward to a return stay.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Not all cottages have dishwashers.
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MacCNda asked a question Feb 2024
Toronto, Canada38 contributions42 helpful votes
Hi there, have all the rooms been renovated or just the ones in the manor house? Thanks
Answer from Hilary Q
Uppingham, United Kingdom14 contributions13 helpful votes
Good morning. We stayed in the annex too. It is a building just next to main pub and next to the river. It was quiet and we had lovely views of the river. We had a two storey flat with two bedrooms, sitting room/kitchen and shower room. Perfect.
VENTIHull asked a question Sept 2018
HULL17 contributions12 helpful votes
What does the ‘no late access’mean re several rooms?
Answer from James R
6 contributions5 helpful votes
Thank You for your enquiry. In the Red Lion we do not have a night porter so these rooms are not suitable for late access. The rooms in our BB The Manor House are suitable. If you are unsure give us a ring and we can help you.
wmhenri asked a question May 2018
Leeds, United Kingdom14 contributions5 helpful votes
Do you allow dogs to stay?
Answer from redlionmanagement
Skipton, United Kingdom
Hi yes we have several dog friendly rooms kindest regards Eleanor
philip h asked a question Mar 2018
Do you allow children to stay?
Answer from Chris W
Leeds, United Kingdom24 contributions10 helpful votes
Yes no problem at all
Camper00496357799 wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great river walk to Grassington"
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sam wrote a tip Feb 2024
France1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book room only if possible, drive elsewhere for dinner and hope you don’t encounter the same rude manager we did."
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Richard B wrote a tip Jan 2024
Cambridge, United Kingdom52 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If it's not too busy, they will serve dinner at one of the three tables in the cozy snug, next to the wood burner. "
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BeeS wrote a tip Oct 2023
Nottingham263 contributions160 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not all cottages have dishwashers."
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Karen S wrote a tip Aug 2023
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Guests have use of the upstairs fire exit to avoid having to go through the bar area."
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PRICE RANGE
£117 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireYorkshire Dales National ParkBurnsall
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Red Lion Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Red Lion Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Stump Cross Caverns (4.0 miles), Hesketh Farm Park (4.9 miles), and Linton Falls (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Red Lion Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Red Lion Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Red Lion Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Red Lion Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Corner House Cafe, The Retreat Tearoom & Bistro, and Grassington House Restaurant.
Is Red Lion Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Burnsall.
Are pets allowed at Red Lion Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Red Lion Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Red Lion Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Polish, Romanian, and Bulgarian.
Are there any historical sites close to Red Lion Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Threshfield Quarry (3.7 miles) and St Mary's Church, Embsay with Eastby (4.6 miles).
Does Red Lion Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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