A village green complete with ducks, river running through it, tiny hump back bridge – Linton, just a heartbeat from the fleshpots of Grassington has the whole caboodle, including Vanbrugh’s stunning Fountaine Hospital and almshouses.
The historic pub is whitewashed, ancient and inviting. Inside, a warren of attractive rooms includes the rather chic snug with comfortable, high-backed banquettes, beams and open fire. Hetton Pale Ale, Theakstons, Thwaites Original and John Smiths are on tap and a crowd-pleasing, hearty menu might feature salmon and dill potato cakes, roast bacon joint with honey, thyme and chilli glaze and local game casserole with dumplings.
A value-for-money two-dishes-for-a-tenner deal is in place pretty much all the time. Beef braised in Fountaine Pale Ale (a bespoke beer brewed in Hebden Bridge) is a rib-sticker and a must in winter months. There are 17 wines by the glass starting at £2.65 and an espresso machine dispatches heart-stopping coffee.
Managers Chris and Natalie Gregson run a tight and happy ship and are keen to forge connections with the community; to this end they run an allotment with the local school, growing herbs for the pub.
If you fancy making a night of it, there are five luxurious, top-spec bedrooms in the converted barn at the back, featuring fabulous bed linen, quirky bathrooms, WiFi and long views over the hills.
Fountaine Inn, Linton in Craven, Grassington BD23 5HU. 01756 752210, www.fountaineinnatlinton.co.uk. Open seven days a week, food served all day from 12-9pm.