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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
This is a country pub in the Yorkshire Dales. It has a couple of rooms in the bar and then again two rooms upstairs for the restaurant. Also 3 letting rooms 2 en suite and 1 with external Private bathroom
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Validated Parking, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 31 March 2024 via mobile

This is one of the friendliest places I’ve stayed the staff are so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent and a well stocked bar. The room was very clean and comfortable and the views around are first class. I would...definitely recommend and will definitely be making a return visit.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024

We visited the Bolton Arms twice, on a short break to Marske. First impressions always count and from the moment we walked in we were made to feel welcome. Although there were only two real ales to select from (the bar was small so it's...understandable) they were both excellent. The view from the beer garden at the rear was stunning. Don't miss it. Onto the restaurant and although a small menu it was full of classic British choices. I chose the Lamb and my wife chose the Steak pie. Simple enough food but top quality served up by attentive and friendly staff. Our second visit was just as successful on the food front and again we were highly impressed by the pubs friendly staff. When we return to North Yorkshire we will definitely be going to this friendly little pub/restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 March 2024 via mobile

Superb Sunday Lunch the best I’ve had in years. The Landlord & landlady were extremely friendly & sociable, the landlord even very kindly gave us an extra Yorkshire pudding to accompany our lunch. We both had a starter, myself the traditional prawn cocktail & my...partner the black pudding, both very tasty. I had the 3 meat choice Beef, Pork & Lamb. I cannot express how delicious & tasty each meat was to eat, perfectly cooked with sausage meat to die for. The pub wasn’t busy but with this offering customers should have been queuing at the door come 12pm to be sure of a seat with this quality of food. I’ve eaten a lot of Sunday lunches in many varied establishments, this is by far one of the best I’ve had in many years, one I would certainly go back for if I was in the vicinity. If you are ok the region for top quality food then don’t hesitate to drop in here because you don’t go wrong if you want great food. Being in the trade myself, you reply on people leaving a good review if they’ve enjoyed their visit. I’d happily say to people, make a bee line for this pub because you can’t find much better if you want good quality home cooked food.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

Having driven past the lane end of Downholme village for years, we took the plunge and were not disappointed. A cosy and warm pub with a good atmosphere, just perfect for a January lunch out. Our meals were delicious and will certainly be back, many...thanks, keep up the good work.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

Just had a few days at this wonderful rural find to celebrate new year. This is our second time we have stayed here and still fantastic. Rooms are boutique, clean and comfortable.we have stayed in rooms 1&2 (There are only three) Staff are lovely and...helpful. Breakfast with plenty to choose from and the cooked breakfast is a plate full. Ate here in the evenings with a good selection of pub grub and all choices very tasty. This location is perfect for us as very rural and walking routes literally from the doorstep. Owners are really helpful and add to the experience of staying or dining here …very welcoming and friendly. No problem filling up flasks with coffee and water ahead of walking days Will be back definitelyMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

Mediocre food, expensively priced. Not what we were expecting from a country pub. If you really must eat here, avoid the fish and chips - fish tasted as if it had gone off. Dessert was ok and some of the locals were friendly.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

Stayed overnight after work commitments. Excellent food,service and bedroom,good shower comfortable bed

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Just back from another weekend away at this lovely traditional country pub. Owners and staff very welcoming. Booked room 3 this time, smaller than room one but cosy, warm, and clean. Bed very comfy, everything needed is in the room. Food superb, plenty of it...and always hot both breakfast and evening meals. Definately will be returning when warmer so we can use he lovely garden and take in the amazing views. Thank you.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023 via mobile

Bolton Arms Our party of four, including my adult son and his wife, made a reservation for 6:30pm, having read the numerous positive reviews for the restaurant. Arriving at 6:36 with a friendly smile, we informed the proprietor at the bar that we had a...reservation. She inquired of the name and time, and after receiving the details, delivered such an unexpected reaction we were at a loss to know whether it was to be taken seriously or not. Turning around to look at the clock and seeing it confirmed a late arrival of no less than 6 minutes, she then shook her head and tutted at us, audibly, as if my family and I were naughty school children rather than paying customers. Assuming it could only be a joke, we immediately asked if there was something wrong, to which no reply was given, and the lady's disposition remained decidedly unamused. We looked at each other briefly before asking to be shown to our table, to which she replied that we were to sit down in the common area until we had made our food order and only then could we be escorted to our reserved table. We were literally in a state of shock at such a frosty and bizarre reception. After giving our order to the waitress, we waited for the promised escort to the table. Even after waiting a further 5 minutes, our patience was not rewarded and despite having the proprietor in view, she occupied herself with paperwork at the bar, basically ignoring us until we had no alternative but to go over and specifically ask to be taken to our table. If we hadn't, it's a mystery how long we would have been left to wait! We had ordered the "crispy duck confit with honey and orange sauce" and "homemade Indian chicken curry". The duck was absolutely not "confit", it was simply baked in the oven at some time and then reheated for us until dried out. The sauce was basically warmed up marmalade, overloaded with sugar. The plate itself contained so little, it almost seemed like another unintentional joke. A dish of boiled peas, broccoli and carrots was put in the centre for us to serve ourselves. The "homemade" curry was likewise anything but "homemade". Nobody came to ask if we needed any drinks or if the meal was ok, as they did at adjacent tables. For some unknown reason, we were being made to feel wholly unwelcome and unwanted. We decided to leave as soon as we'd had enough of our disappointing meals. Paying at the bar the lady finally asked if the meals were ok. We replied that they weren't, stating the duck was dry and the sauce was overpoweringly sweet. She replied that it was a "marmalade sauce" so it's supposed to be sweet. Of course, it was clearly marmalade, but that wasn't what was advertised on the menu. She didn’t want to hear the truth. We left the pub with a bitter taste in our mouth despite the coating of the sugary "marmalade sauce" on our teeth or the salty tongue of the impudent proprietor.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

A really lovely evening, great food, very friendly, polite and helpful staff. Our friends from Jersey really enjoyed it also,

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

Warm and friendly welcome, good choice on the menu and a specials board. Four starters, four main courses all different all first class. Been to many restaurants around the area this one's the best upto now.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Dinner, bed and breakfast. Really boutique feel to the rooms. Great attention to detail. Really clean and well presented. The food was lovely. Well cooked and a really great choice of fresh produce. The team were so lovely too. Would absolutely definitely stay there again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

Absolutely beautiful spot really fantastic food and great staff so welcoming will definately return . I think they loved us when they knew we were from Royston Vasey 🤣

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023

The barmaid was so rude we felt our dinner booking was an inconvenience to her. She was more concerned with the contents of her mobile phone and didn’t even lift her head up from it when we entered the pub nor did she greet us....It was such a bad experience I felt the need to write this review. On a lighter note the food was okay and the young waitresses bringing the food out were a pleasure.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

Absolutely amazing service food and venue couldn’t have asked for more tucked away but well worth the travel would highly recommend the food is brilliant

Date of visit: September 2023
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