As pub locations go, they don’t come better than the Queens Arms at Litton in the heart of the Dales.
The five-mile detour off the busy main Grassington to Kettlewell Road is well worth it for the stunning scenery and heartening hospitality at the quaint 17th- century inn.
After a few years of ups and downs at the Queens, it eventually closed. However, new owners and a total – yet careful – refurbishment in 2012, has put that gloomy era behind them. The upshot – a refreshingly traditional and well-cared-for pub with six cosy rooms for those not wanting to make the long trek home.
All the staff are local, including talented chef Ann Baker. Her outstanding home-cooked food offers all you could dream of on a pub menu, plus a little waft of the contemporary to keep things interesting.
Steak and ale pie, fish and chips, et al, share the menu with a duck confit; rib-sticking puds with blueberry cheesecake
There is a micro brewery on site, which hopefully will reopen later this year. Meanwhile enjoy Thwaites Original, Black Sheep and Goose Eye Brewery Chinook Pale Ale alongside the standard Guinness, lager and the rest.
Be warned, this place is tiny. Food is served in the bar area which you will share with the locals, farmers, their dogs and even possibly a visiting darts team. Exactly how a pub should be. One of the best nights in a pub in a long time for me. So, if you don’t like squishing together, I suggest you stay away.
The Queens Arms, Litton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5QJ. 01756 770096.