We ate here one night while camping at the nearby Knight Stainforth campsite.
I'd read the mixed reviews on here but got chatting to some locals during the day who assured us that the pub is now under new management and things have improved.
The pub itself is nothing special but there is certainly nothing wrong with it. The outside seating area is nice right next to the stream.
The staff were extremely friendly and attentive, despite being obviously rushed off their feet. After ordering we waited probably about half an hour for our food, but we weren't in a rush so it wasn't really an issue.
There was no kids menu, just select something off the main menu and they do a child size portion, which is much better than the kids menu most pubs seem to do where you get a choice of various processed foods with chips.
My husband and I selected 2 of the home made pies (game pie, and steak and stilton pie). They were both very tasty and the portions were large, although someone could do with giving the chef a lesson in pastry making- the crust tasted ok but it was the strangest textured pastry I've ever had! We also thoroughly enjoyed the "proper" chips.
Would we go back? If we were in the area, yes. It's nothing fancy or special but was a good hearty meal which was very welcome after a long walk...along with a couple of pints of course!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Craven Heifer is a traditional Yorkshire Inn. Roaring log fires, real ales, fantastic pub food and quality en-suite accommodation. Situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales village of Stainforth; 3 miles from the bustling market town of Settle and approximately the same distance to the start of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk. We offer you a fully refurbished inn. All of our rooms and all of the bar and restaurant areas have been fully refurbished in 2014, giving you a comfy and relaxed environment to enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. ... more less