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Spotlight on Appletreewick - Autumn 2009

In this edition LocAle Spotlight focuses on two Yorkshire Dales hostelries situated in a small village 12 miles north-east of Skipton..

Appletreewick, pronounced locally as ‘aptrick’, is a village of approximately 200 souls which overlooks the river Wharfe north of Bolton Abbey. Offering views of Burnsall Fells and Simon’s Seat, this picturesque village became prosperous in the year 1300 when Bolton Prior acquired the local manor and lands which included sheep ranges and lead mines. Market and Fair charters were granted and the village did well until the advent of the railways in the mid 19th century. Sir William Craven was born in Appletreewick and rose through the ranks of industry (the story of Dick Whittington) to became sheriff and lord mayor of London in the early 17th century. At one time Sir William owned the first of our highlighted pubs and his coat of arms can be found throughout the building.

Craven Arms, Appletreewick

Starting life in the 16th century as a stone farmhouse, the Craven Arms is a multi-roomed public house with open fires, gas lighting, stone flagged floors and low beamed ceilings. The bar is split across two rooms and boasts eight hand pumps with LocAle beers Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Theaston Best Bitter. Guest beers from Dark Horse and Goose Eye breweries also qualify as local beer. The house beer is from Moorhouses and Tetley Bitter is also a regular with guest ales from Leeds brewery. The public bar has a rare Ring the Bull board and the village stocks are conveniently situated right next to pub for those who misbehave. Recently, at the rear of the pub, a crook barn was built with locally sourced materials as it would have been in the heyday of this style of barn 400 years ago. A huge riven and bent oak A-frame truss (the cruck) supports the barn and a log fireplace, traditional heather thatched roof, horsehair and lime plaster and sheepswool insulation make this a place fit for feasts, banquets and events such as weddings and birthdays. Other facilities include a beer garden, car park and disabled access to the barn. The Craven is both dog and boot friendly. For sustenance there are daily specials as well as an á la carte menu served lunchtime and evenings. The pub opening times are: 11 - 3, 6 - 11 Monday and Tuesday 11.30 - 11 Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 - 12 Friday and Saturday and 11:30 - 10:30 Sunday. This year’s annual beer festival will be held from 9 - 11 October.

For more information contact: 01756 720270 or visit www.craven-cruckbarn.co.uk

New Inn, Appletreewick

Two hundred metres down the road at the lower end of the village is a 17th century whitewashed pub, the New Inn. The main drinking area is on the right with a comfortable room to the left which is used as an additional eating area and a there is a third room with a pool table. The wood panelled walls in the public bar are adorned with black and white photos of days gone by. A raised drinking area leads to the bar which offers LocAle beers Black Sheep Bitter, Daleside Bitter, Daleside Blonde and Theakston Old Peculiar. John Smiths Bitter and an interesting selection of bottled continental beers are also available. Carol and Phillip Smith provide a warm and friendly atmosphere which welcomes hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders as well as those arriving by car or bus. For cyclists there is a cycle livery nearby. A terrace and beer garden offer fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Food is available daily with a specials board as well as á la carte. There are five double rooms with B&B accommodation and a large car park. The New Inn is open 12 - 11 daily.

Contact: 01756 720252 or www.the-new-inn-appletreewick.com

Both pubs have BD23 6DA as a postcode and there is public transport to Appletreewick via bus number 74 from Ilkley to Grassington.

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