Once you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of Skipton, this great little pub tucked away on the outskirts might just be the spot to catch your breath.
Perched on the hillside in ruggedly pretty Bradley, it’s reassuringly solid, long, low and smartly whitewashed; the kind of pub that inspires the thinking ‘all will be well’ when you step inside. And it is, if like me you appreciate old pub ephemera.
Horse brasses, jam pans, policemen’s helmets, vintage telephones, ceramic jugs and paper money from all over the world fill every spare inch of shelf and beam. There’s a roaring fire at one end and comfortable button red velour banquette at the other. Carpet is old-school swirly.
Beers on offer include Abbeydale Absolution and Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord – all lovingly kept. The food is no-nonsense pub grub, home-cooked, generously portioned and value for money.
Chicken liver paté is £5.25 and a very good looking black pudding and apple fritter a fiver. Fish & chips will set you back £8.75, ham, egg and chips £7.95 and a ‘monster’ mixed grill £14.50.
Eagle-eyed customers will spot a group of naked men – no, not playing dangerous darts but on a calendar (those frisky women from Rylstone have a lot to answer for). The pub supports Geordie Jim’s Boys, a local charity raising awareness of men’s health issues after one of their number became ill – and lo and behold, there’s landlord Phil behind the bar, fully dressed on this occasion. Phew.
Service is friendly, the atmosphere relaxed; an added bonus is the huge flagged garden at the back, with comfortable, sturdy furniture and long views over the hills – a great place to enjoy a drink or two on a warm day.
Slaters Arms, Crag Lane, Bradley, Skipton, BD20 9DE. 01535 632179, www.theslatersarms.co.uk