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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

The New Inn, Appletreewick

After walking the riverside path from Bolton Abbey or the opposite way from Grassington (the more adventurous might arrive from the hill on either side), you are met by this solidly built white-washed typical Dales pub and a warm welcome. Be it to dash inside and huddle round the real fire out of the rain to dry out, or to sit and sup in one of the two beer gardens overlooking the river Wharfe and greet fellow travellers - the New Inn fits the bill (I‘ve done both). If pedal power is more your thing, your trusty steed can also be fed and watered (or whatever one does to a bicycle) in the cycle livery established behind the pub.

Ian Berry presents Richard Houghton of the New Inn with the Pub of the Season award on 11th January 2014.Inside are two rooms - the recently refurbished dining room and the large comfortable bar area, with the bar itself wedged at one end. On the bar the regular beers are Goose Eye Chinook, Tetley Cask Bitter, and the landlord is justly proud of being one of the few establishments that regularly stocks Theakston‘s Old Peculier from the wood. Unusual in the area - Castle Rock Harvest Pale - is a regular guest. The pub also sells Old Rosie cider on hand pump and has received recognition through the CAMRA “Real cider sold here” award. If none of these takes your fancy, also on offer is an exensive range of foreign beers, mostly in bottle with a couple on tap.

The New Inn has been a long standing entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide from 1988 to 2007 achieving 20 years continuous and consecutive entries under its previous owner, John Pitchers. It missed briefly in 2008 and 2011, when management changed, before reclaiming its accustomed spot, where it has been for the last 3 years under the control of Richard Houghton.(Entry in the GBG isn‘t automatic, it has to be earned, and a new licensee has to earn his own spot in the guide from scratch.)

The New Inn is open 12 - 11 daily with meals served from 12 - 9 in Summer with reduced hours in Winter. At the moment you can get there by Pride of the Dales bus service 74 which runs Mon - Sat and stops right outside. The New Inn offers reasonably priced accommodation and there are several camp sites within easy walking distance.

No more needs to be said! Seek it out, support the pub, support the bus and enjoy a beverage either by the roaring fire or out in the fresh air soaking up the view.

The Pub of the Season award was presented on Saturday 11th January 2014.

Ian Berry

The New Inn, Main Street, Appletreewick BD23 6DA. Tel: 01756 720252. Web-site:

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