Starting life as a farm house in the 16th century, the Craven Arms slowly evolved into the public house it is today. Initially as means of supplementing income the farmers sold ale from the kitchen window, then rooms and a horse & coach stop with food available. Some notable more recent owners were the Spencers, Falshaws & the Nicholsons.
Today, still family owned, the pub has been “restored” from a previous attempt to modernise and has, a tap room, main bar, a dining room and a snug & a state of the art kitchen. More recent additions are the Cruck Barn & Shepherd huts at the rear.
Filled with local history & interest, your visit will not be disappointing. Have a look at the Inspirational Toilets, filled with pictures of heros, pioneers and inspiring figures of today & past. Including Andrew Hodge the double Olympic gold medallist from nearby Hebden. Or the Dambusters & metal detector displays with findings from the area.
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in Wharfedale, just up the hill from the river Wharfe & Dales Way, the views are stunning all year round, including of walking favourites, Burnsall Fell & Simons Seat. These can be enjoyed from the seating at the front or in the beer garden. Inside the real working gas lights & real log fires in cast oven ranges make for a very warm & cosy atmosphere.
The Craven name comes from William Craven, who in the 16th century travelled to London & made his fortune (a tale much like Dick Whittingtons) & returned to build Burnsall School & Burnsall Bridge. He was born in what is now Appletreewick Church. “Craven” is now a district of North Yorkshire. More. The pub sign is of of the Craven Coat of Arms.
the stables for the coach stop. Up the steps you find the The Snug with a corner bench & a Table for 4/5 next to a cast oven range.
Further up the steps you find the Inspirational Ladies toilet and the Cruck Barn. The barn is a must see, the soaring Oak trusswork & heather thatch is a rare sight, once common there are now very few left. More.
The Tap Room, has 4 tables, an open fire, a bar & a window looking out to Wharfedale. The Main Bar & entrance has 2 tables, a bar & bar stools, a cast oven range with fire and is regarded as the “centre” of the pub. The dining room has 4 tables & can seat up to 22, & has lots of local interest. This used to be
Lots of cosy corners, traditional furniture, joinery & carpentry make the pub a great & memorable place to meet, add some great Ale & gorgeous cuisine, friendly and welcoming staff bring we hope a complete trip out into the Yorkshire Dales.
Come in & have a look around