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Branch chair Colleen presents the Pub of the Season Winter 2018/9 plaque to the staff at the Wuthering Heights, Stanbury, February 2019

Branch chair Colleen presents the Pub of the Season Winter 2018/9 plaque to Nicci and Darren at the Wuthering Heights, Stanbury, February 2019

Elm Tree, Embsay

The Elm Tree in the village of Embsay, a pleasant two-mile walk from Skipton town centre, was a 17th-century coaching inn situated on the then main route between Skipton and York - two sets of stone mounting steps remain at the front of the pub. Today it is very popular with locals and visitors to the area.

Inside, the Elm Tree has a very large traditional bar area and small side room. The latter has recently been opened out making the pub lighter and airier but without spoiling its character. There is also some outdoor seating at the front of the pub in the picturesque Elm Tree Square and a small beer garden to the rear.

Sue, the present Landlady, has been running the pub for the past six years. In that time, it has won Pub of the Season three times and been in the Good Beer Guide every year. Five hand-pulled beers are served. Goose Eye's 'No Eyed Deer', which is the house beer and Tetley's Bitter are always available; along with three guest beers which often include Abbott Ale, Fuller's London Pride, Flowers, and Caledonian 80/-.

The Fish & Chips are legendary and must be tried. Also highly recommended from the traditional menu are the Gammon Steak and Beef & Ale Cobbler. The 'specials' board always includes some more unusual dishes and a vegetarian choice. Food is served every day at lunchtime and evening.

An hourly bus service operates from Skipton during the day Monday to Saturday. On Sundays an hourly bus service runs between Skipton and Bolton Abbey via Embsay also during the day. The pub has its own car park at the rear, and is close to Embsay's public car park.

The Pub of the Season presentation will be on Tuesday 18th June from 7:30pm.

Sarah Oliver

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