It’s hardly a secret that Skipton is a popular tourist town. Visitors flock to the historic market town by the coach load to shop the award-winning High Street, marvel at the prettiness of the canal basin and explore the famous castle. If you’re planning on visiting Skipton, it’s a good idea to know beforehand what sort of dining options you can expect to find at lunchtime.
Skipton has no shortage of traditional Yorkshire pubs serving local ales and great food. Each has its own character and the prices and options vary considerably. We’ve picked out some of our favourite places to enjoy a pub lunch in Skipton, to help you decide where to eat during your next visit…
The Woolly Sheep
The Woolly Sheep Inn is appropriately situated on Sheep Street and it’s a hugely popular traditional pub. With 12 beautifuly decorated ensuite bedrooms, it’s a big hit with tourists seeking town centre accommodation.
The food at The Woolly Sheep is far from being your average pub grub. Their menus and daily specials boards are awash with delicious culinary creations, prepared by a talented team who source the finest local ingredients. Yes, you will find the usual offerings like Fish & Chips, Steaks and Sunday Roasts but they’re always as pleasing on the eye as they are on the palette. It really is the perfect place to treat a loved one to a Birthday lunch.
Food is served from 11:30 am until 9 pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 pm until 8 pm on Sundays. Expect to pay between £6.95 and £8.50 for a sandwich. Hot mains are priced between £7.95 (Sauteed Forest Mushroom Tagliatelle) and £13.50 (Char Sui BBQ Pork Belly).
The Railway was taken over by new management just a couple of years ago and it has since gone on to win numerous local awards. A comfortable and homely pub run by friendly staff, it’s well known in the community for offering delicious homecooked food at very reasonable prices.
Their menu features a range of perfectly prepared British classics as well as some more international options, inspired by the travels of their talented Head Chef. Their Cheese & Onion Pie, which is served with baby potatoes and a fresh side salad, is much talked about and probably one of their most popular dishes.
Sandwiches start at just £5.25 and are served with chips and a side salad. You can also choose a smaller version of the dishes on their main dinner menu for just £6.95.
Cock and Bottle
With its beamed ceilings and stone fireplace, this ultra traditional Yorkshire pub is bursting with character. Situated in the town centre on Swadford Street, it’s ideally located for those in need of respite after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.
We guarantee the food at Cock and Bottle won’t disappoint either. Their menu of home-cooked dishes and tasty light bites is varied so there’s something to suit everyone. Tuck into one of their famous flatbreads or ciabatta melts or order something a bit more substantial such as their Mixed Grill or one of their wonderful homemade burgers. If you’re watching the calories or don’t eat meat, they also have some great healthy and vegetarian options to choose from.
All of their sandwiches, melts and flatbreads are priced at £8.95 and come with a side salad. You can add a portion of chips for just £1. Their main courses are priced between £7.95 (Sexy Lentil Stew) and £16.95 (Mixed Grill).
The Albion on Otley Street us a family-run pub with an abundance of charm. They’ve won numerous awards over the year for both their customer service and an excellent selection of craft beers and local ales. This pub has many loyal regulars so if you frequent this Skipton establishment, you’ll soon get to know a few friendly locals.
Their popular food menu of British pub classics is served daily from 12 pm until 6 pm. If you have specific dietary requirements or certain food intolerances, the team here will try their hardest to accommodate your needs. A popular lunchtime choice at The Albion is their Hot Beef Baguette.
The Royal Shepherd
The Royal Shepherd is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, on Canal Street. Located beside the picturesque Leeds-Liverpool canal and just a stone’s throw from Skipton’s pretty canal basin, it’s in an enviable position.
All the produce used at The Royal Shepherd is sourced locally and by using top quality meat from local butchers, they produce some super tasty steak pies and steak & kidney puddings. There are only a couple of sandwiches available on their main menu but the main courses aren’t overly expensive should you fancy something more filling. Sandwiches are priced at £9.25 for the Royal Cajun Chicken and £10.25 for the Royal Beef Sandwich. Both are served with chips, salad and coleslaw. Mains range between £9.95 (The Royal Corned Beef Hash) and £15.55 (10oz Rump Steak). There are a number of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu too.
Yorkshire Rose is a family-friendly and dog-friendly pub on Coach Street with Cask Marque accreditation and a great food menu. With both the High street and the canal basin just a few yards away, this place is a great place to stop for lunch or brunch during a visit to Skipton.
On the food menu at Yorkshire Rose, you’ll find all the dishes commonly associated with good British pubs, with a few surprises and superb brunch options thrown in for good measure. They start serving food at 11 am so you can start your day with a tasty brunch of Smoked Haddock Kedgeree (£8.95). There’s plenty to choose from on their menu with cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, wraps, lighter bites and hearty main courses all available at good prices. Expect to pay in the region of £5 for a sandwich and around £9 for a main. Not bad at all!