I was attending an Old Boys Reunion at Giggleswick School and left booking a little late. The Craven Heifer was the only place with rooms available on line. I booked and paid on line (Travel Republic) Unfortunately when I rang to check that my booking was OK, Jamie, the landlord informed me that due to problems left by the previous landlord he had not been able to access the booking system since he took over the pub in the last four weeks and was unaware of my booking. He assured me that although the pub was busy he would sort a room out for me.
I am so glad he did as I had the best weekend I have had for a long time. I arrived at about 10:00pm after a five and a half hours drive from Hampshire and was imediately made to feel welcome. Being well aware of the struggles being encountered by rural pubs I was amazed how busy the pub was, with locals and campers from a nearby site. Everyone was very friendly and when bedtime finaly arrived the bed was comfy and clean. The next morning I had a hearty full english that set me up for the day.
I went back to the Craven Heifer for dinner in the evening and had a fantastic steak cooked perfectly with proper home made chunky, skin-on chips and onion rings and another fantastic night in the pub chatting to even more locals and being made to feel part of the community.
Don't get me wrong! This place is not the Ritz! It's very rural and a little rough round the edges and won't suit everybody but the new team is working hard to improve things and Jamie will do anything he can to help his customers out, even driving two of his guests to a function they were attending. I had a great weekend and will certainly be going back. Thanks to you all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under New Management ! On the door step of the three peaks, set in the historic and picturesque village of Stainforth inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Craven Heifer Hotel offers 7 en suite letting rooms with flat-screen TVs as well as tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi in public areas. A hearty English breakfast menu is provided in the morning. All toiletries and cleanings products are Vegetarian, Cruelty Free and in biodegradable packaging. The spacious restaurant serves quality home made food daily, much from local ethical sources. A selection of permanent and guest Thwaites Ales are available along with a specially selected Wine & Gin Menu. With three real fires, covered beer garden with flowing stream feeding into the River Ribble, you are guaranteed to be in the heart of many scenic walks. ... more less
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