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“Gorgeous lunch”

The Wheatsheaf in Wensleydale
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Carperby
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$22
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner
Description: The Wheatsheaf Inn is a traditional Yorkshire Dales pub with open fire, real ale, and home-cooked food. All our dishes are created using locally-sourced ingredients. We also have vegetarian dishes and an extensive wine-list.
Wigan, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Gorgeous lunch”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Called for a drink with our dog and ended up staying for an an alfresco lunch... food was fantastic and extremely well presented and staff were very helpful and accommodating! We will definitely be calling here again on our next visit to the area. Excellent *******

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“Worst pub in Yorkshire so far”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We were in Wensleydale for a long weekend and stopped off here for lunch whilst doing the circular walk from Aysgarth falls. Upon arrival there were no staff to be seen, though when they did arrive they were quite friendly and polite. The ales offered were very good, though the other drinks available were pretty limited, and some of the bottles looked like they'd been sitting around for some years!
The horror of this visit was the food- it was very expensive for light lunch bites, £6 or £7 for a sandwich, and there wasn't much choice, just sandwiches or jacket potatoes. There were children's meals of chicken nuggets and chips, sausage and chips etc, but these were strictly for the under 12s, which annoyed me a little!
The food portions are small, and the ingredients are cheap as can be. The ploughman's had a decent chunk of Wensleydale, but came with no meat, plain Branston pickle instead of a nice chutney, and those foul cheap, dry white rolls you get from the supermarket. The sandwiches were just two pieces of sliced bread with a standard supermarket filling. What's more, the food and cutlery was just thrown down on the table, then swept away as soon as we'd finished, with little customer service to be seen.
To top of the visit, the toilets were dire. They were cold and exceptionally dated and worn- there doesn't appear to have been any work/maintenance done on them since the 60's.
This pub would be fine for a quick pint if walking the area, but it still remains the worst Yorkshire pub I have been in. If you're in the area and fancy something to eat do not go here- instead go to the Mill Race tea room in Aysgarth- everything is exceptionally tasty, the breads and cakes are all baked there, the sandwiches are loaded with delicious fillings, and it's all cheaper than the Wheatsheaf!

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CBL01, Owner at The Wheatsheaf in Wensleydale, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Thank you for taking the time to critique our pub.

I’m glad that you point out that the ales were good but am disappointed and a little confused that you found that the selection of other drinks was ‘limited’, particularly when we have two lagers, a cider, and Guinness, on draft in addition to the four ales. On top of this there are numerous different alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks in bottles and a plethora of soft drinks and juices. Moreover, there is a wine menu with 27 different types of wine and we stock ten types of Whisky – 8 of them single malts. We also serve tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. For a small village pub this is far from limited.

You point out that you were horrified with the price of the food. We make sure that we make all of our prices fair and competitive but the fact that you have stated that our sandwiches are £6 or £7 is simply untrue. I can only assume that you have misread the price since our most expensive sandwich is £4.95 and our least expensive is £3.45. Again you state that ‘there wasn't much choice’ for food but have not mentioned that there is a full menu of hot food and cold salads. It is not true that there are ‘just sandwiches or jacket potatoes’ and children’s meals. You even mention yourself that there was a ploughman’s which is neither a sandwich nor a jacket potato.

You express your annoyance about our children’s meals being ‘strictly for the under 12s’. Our children’s meals are of course advertised for children ‘under 12’ and this is common for children’s meals as they are primarily for children to eat. However, it is not true that they are ‘”strictly” for the under 12s’ as we have a policy of allowing anybody to eat a children’s meal should they request one.

You showed concern that the ploughman’s lunch came with ‘no meat. ’The ploughman’s lunch is traditionally a lunch of bread and cheese which is why it contains no meat. This also makes it suitable for vegetarians. Our ploughman’s is not advertised as a meat ploughman’s but should you have wanted meat in the ploughman’s, such as our home-cooked ham sourced from a local butcher, that would have been perfectly fine. The filling in the sandwiches is not supermarket filling and I fail to see how you came to that conclusion since all of our fillings are cooked and prepared on the premises. Moreover, the fact that you say ‘do not go here’ to eat when you clearly have not eaten off the menu demonstrates a lack of authority and experience on your part. Many people on other reviews have commented on the good quality of food and the high level of service so it is displeasing to know that you did not have a good experience.

I don’t know if you understand that we are a small, family run business and that we try our hardest to make all of our customers happy. We always welcome honest reviews and are always happy to receive constructive feedback. We are continually seeking new ways to improve and like to hear from our customers. However, when a review is laced with inaccuracies it ceases to be constructive. I only hope that the inaccuracies were misunderstandings rather than fabrications.
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