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Great Dales Inns for the festive season - Winter 2013

Tis‘ the season to be jolly and the following warm and welcoming Dales Inns are perfect places in which to celebrate the festive season in a most jolly manner...

The Masons Arms, Gargrave

The Masons Arms, GargraveOur first stop is Gargrave. This historic coaching town is located in the North Yorkshire Dales National Park on the old Keighley to Kendal turnpike, now the busy A65. It‘s a pleasant community situated on the Pennine Way, snuggled up against the river Aire and the Leeds to Liverpool canal. It became an important stop during the late 1700s when processed lead from Grassington and zinc ore from Malham was loaded onto barges for transport. Today, Gargrave is a vibrant community, boasting lovely greens, a variety of local shops and still retaining three pubs.

Just off the main road and close to the river in a quiet residential area you‘ll find the Masons Arms, a traditional Yorkshire stone pub with beamed ceilings, a welcoming log fire and a pleasant open-plan drinking area. LocAle beers are Timothy Taylor Landlord (Keighley) and Black Sheep Ale (Masham). Tetley Bitter is also available along with a rotating guest beer. Traditional ciders are usually on offer, look for the serving box at the end of the bar.

Jon and Nikki run the pub and strive to keep it at the heart of the community hosting darts, dominos and bowls teams as well as supporting two football teams, a rounders team and a golf society. There‘s a Sunday night quiz during the winter months and live acoustic music on the first Friday of each winter month. As well as all of these the Masons supports many local village events.

Accommodation is in the form of six en-suite bedrooms. Walkers, cyclists, well-behaved children and dogs are all welcome. There‘s free WIFI and live sports too. Local produce features in the home made pub food and favourites such as fish & chips are available to take away. If you‘re still thirsty, there are two-pint takeaway containers to transport a bit of the pub home with you.

The Masons is a popular and well-supported community pub and not to be missed, the convivial atmosphere and well kept real ales will keep you there for an enjoyable and festive session.

Masons Arms, Marton Road, Gargrave North Yorkshire, BD23 3NL Tel: 01756 749304. Open daily 12 to midnight. Food is served 12 to 8.30 daily. Pennine operate buses to Gargrave Mon to Sat, DalesBus on Sunday. Gargrave is also on the Leeds to Lancater/Carlisle railway.

The George Inn, Hubberholme

The George as you approach from BuckdenFor our second stop, we travel twenty miles due north, deep into the Yorkshire Dales to the hamlet of Hubberholme, set in beautiful Langstrothdale, part of Upper Wharfedale. Author JB Priestley once described the hamlet as “the smallest, pleasantest place in the world”. He seemingly frequented the local pub, the George Inn and his ashes are scattered at St Michael and All Angels church, situated next to the river Wharfe. The area is well known for its stunning scenery and excellent walking and is frequented by visitors from around the world. It‘s on the famous Dales Way, a 76 mile walk stretching from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

The George as you approach from BuckdenThe George Inn started life as a farmstead in the 1600s. The large rambling white-washed pub is Grade II listed and remains un-modernised, with thick stone walls, flag-stoned floors and mullioned windows with window seats. The cosy bar area welcomes you with an open fire and LocAle beers Black Sheep Bitter (Masham) and Yorkshire Dales Le Tour*(Askrigg). A third hand pump offers rotating guest beers. *Named in support of the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The cyclists will be riding along the B6160 through Buckden, only ¾ of a mile from the George Inn.

The George was once used as a vicarage and the vicar placed a lighted candle in the window to let parishioners know he was at home. To this day, there‘s a lighted candle on the end of the bar when it is open. A family-owned free-house, the George is run by Jackie and Ed, who since taking it on have endeavoured to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. The emphasis is firmly on communal chat and a well-kept pint.

Accommodation is four rooms in the pub and two in a separate coach house building. Special rates are available in autumn and winter. Food is available daily, with full roast dinners available on Sundays. Families and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

A classic dales inn in a beautiful part of the world, stop in soon for some festive cheer.

George Inn, Hubberholme, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JE Open: 6-10.30 Mon; 12-3, 6-10.30 Wed-Thu; 12-11 Fri-Sun. (Closed Tue). Food is served: 12-2.30 and 6-8 (Sunday 12-4). Pride of the Dales run buses to nearby Buckden Mon-Sat, DalesBus on Sunday

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