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Friars Head

££ - £££, British,
Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
+44 1677 450201
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good18%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“venison” (9 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friars Head had been recommended to us and we decided to book for Sunday Lunch. Very impressed with the place when we arrived, really smart! We both chose a roast beef dinner but unfortunately it was very basic and rather tasteless considering the price.More

Thank Janice R
The_Friars_Head, Manager at Friars Head, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Janice Many thanks for taking the time to submit your recent review of The Friars Head. We are thrilled to read that our ambience and overall presentation was above and beyond your expectations. We have noted your comments surrounding your Sunday Lunch and we're...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place, lovely setting. Decor is very nice, it was busy when we went however that didn’t spoil the visit. Had a jug of sangria which was lovely. A great place to visit if in the area.

Thank stevie1980
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Friars head whilst staying at the camp site and we were very impressed. The black pudding scotch egg was superb and the chargrill fish platter was perfectly cooked with a glorious silky home made Hollandaise. We had a bottle of white Rioja...More

Thank chrisisyourchef
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous setting even though parts of the building are faux. Menu has good choice. We had three courses plus wine for around £120 for two so not the cheapest but worth it. Fillet steak and pork were excellent. Service good if a tad rushed

Thank linda n
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped late on Sunday afternoon after a really tiring day, wanting something that felt like a treat without being fussy and The Friar's Head was just the right place. It offers a comfortable and very pleasant environment and the staff were friendly and efficient....More

Thank Denise M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The world needs more pubs like this. Good beer, unfussy but delicious food, friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

Thank willd74
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Maxine and I would like to thank Tom, Judith and Fran and the whole of the friars head team for being atentative to us and our guests during our special day. As always the food from Tom and his team was first class, their service...More

Thank Ambassador799928
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely love this place. The pub and restaurant are beautiful inside and out. ALL staff are extremely welcoming and friendly and cannot do enough for you. The food and atmosphere are AMAZING! You won’t find a better place in North Yorkshire!! Our family love it...More

Thank Vicky N
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

2 fussy children and 2 adults used to very good pubs/restaurants. Fabulous service. AMAZING food like none we had tastes in 13 years being together. Can't wait to come back here. Mains fab, desserts amazing. Worth every penny!

Thank Jojojohnny
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Came here for another group booking. We were seated in the new conservatory which is lovely and well decorated. As we had pre-ordered it was relatively simple getting our food served. The food was pleasant enough - perhaps a little below par to what we...More

Thank clanmudd
The_Friars_Head, Manager at Friars Head, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to submit your recent review. We're pleased to read that you had a pleasant evening and can only apologise if you feel that the food wasn't as expected. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back to The Friars...More

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Questions & Answers
15 April 2018|
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Response from The_Friars_Head | Property representative |
Well behaved dogs are allowed in the bar area of The Friars Head, but we do ask that they remain on a lead please.
7 March 2017|
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Response from Pauline G | Reviewed this property |
The Manor House at Aiskew near Bedale is a lovely B&B of character and run by two very kind and helpful People and very reasonable White Bear at Masham is great. Lovely rooms and great food plus Theakston ales Both close... More
31 July 2016|
Response from simonandjen | Reviewed this property |
Not sure as none of us are veggies...I'm sure if you contact the Friars head directly they can let you know. Good luck
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Leyburn
  • Phone Number: +44 1677 450201
  • E-mail
One of North Yorkshire’s most iconic bar and restaurant destinations......The Friars Head is a beautiful venue in a truly stunning location.

Positioned amongst the rolling countryside of lower Wensleydale but close to Bedale and Leyburn, it’s an ideal setting for casual gatherings with friends and family, wedding breakfasts and christening banquets, shooting parties and business meetings.

The Friars Head is a confident and striking blend of traditional and modern design, that celebrates great quality food. What makes The Friars Head so special is the different and distinct interior themes and creative menus, developed to provide guests with their choice of a relaxed or formal experience.
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