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The Blue Lion

Main Road, East Witton DL8 4SN England
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Surrounded by the splendor of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and nestled in the heart of iconic Wensleydale the historic 18th century Blue Lion Inn encapsulates the finest elements of traditional rural England. Paul and Helen Klein have run the Blue Lion Inn for over 25 years creating a blend of quintessential English coaching inn with modern comfort to relax and recharge. Whatever you require of the Blue Lion, be it real ale and food at the bar to candlelit fine dining and beautiful accommodation you can be sure that your stay will be homely, welcoming and full of friendly character.
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Main Road, East Witton DL8 4SN England
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Durham Tees Valley Airport22 miSee all flights
Leeds-Bradford Airport28 miSee all flights
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Jennifer L wrote a review 8 Sep
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So very disappointing. Seated in restaurant which lacked atmosphere when had specifically asked for the bar area. Service was slow. Waited ages for dinks to arrive and the table prepared! Food was far below the usual standard. Sauce surrounding cheese Souffle was microwaved until stuck to the dish as were the Queen Scallops! Long long wait for the main courses. As locals we have eaten here many times but will be waiting to hear of improvements before another visit.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Daveed wrote a review Aug 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom78 contributions52 helpful votes
We had a very enjoyable two night stay at the Blue Lion. The accommodation was very spacious. Wifi was very slow in the room but much better in the main bar or outside. The meals were excellent, but a bit overpriced, although probably not for the very senior cabinet minister who also dined there!! A very good choice of real ales, particularly liked the Semer Water. The locals were very friendly as were the staff, who were always on hand to help and were not rude at all. It is situated in an attractive village in superb surroundings.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: avoid a ground floor room in the main building
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Helen1971-42 wrote a review Aug 2021
York, United Kingdom25 contributions11 helpful votes
Such a shame. Have loved this pub in the past and whilst the food so was good the service was shocking. I am quite prepared to wait when service is busy but not for rudeness. We even got told about the fall out behind the scenes as there were only 2 staff left serving. Cancelled a planned overnight stay based on this experience. Sent a polite email only to receive ‘that’s cancelled’. Literally 2 words.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
luckytravellar wrote a review Aug 2021
London124 contributions115 helpful votes
We visited for the second time in 6 weeks enjoying our first visit, but the second visit such a different experience. We was not sat in the restaurant area the second time but in the main bar area, full of very noisy people. We paid £75 a head to sit on damp cushions on a church pew. The food was ok. It it was very expensive for what in effect was a bar meal. Can’t help but feel that the venue is being greedy. We will not return.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
WhitbylassYork wrote a review Aug 2021
york22 contributions21 helpful votes
I am surprised this place is still in business. The staff clearly need lessons in how to deliver great customer service. This is the second time we have been when the staff have been rude, dismissive and condescending as if everything was just too much trouble. I gave them the benefit of doubt and revisited and hoped it would be different 2 yrs on. Clearly not! Do not waste your money here - head to West Witton and eat at the Wensleydale Heffer - superb food and staff who know how to look after their customers!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Blue Lion
Which popular attractions are close to The Blue Lion?
Nearby attractions include Leyburn Shawl (3.5 miles), The Forbidden Corner (3.2 miles), and Jervaulx Abbey (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Blue Lion?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Blue Lion?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Blue Lion?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Blue Lion?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Swan Leyburn, The Saddle Room Restaurant, and Sandpiper Inn.
Is The Blue Lion located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the centre of East Witton.
Are pets allowed at The Blue Lion?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Blue Lion?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Easby Abbey (9.2 miles), St Gregory's Church (7.6 miles), and Marmion Tower (8.9 miles).