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Wensleydale Heifer Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

Five star yorkshire dales restaurant with rooms Tel: 01969 622322

What the press say...

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Georgeous Cottages review

5 reasons to visit The Wensleydale Heifer

  • Fabulous location: ...You'll find the Wensleydale Heifer in the village of West Witton and this pretty hamlet has some truly stunning views over the Dales...
  • Fresh fish and seafood: ...Fresh fish and seafood is one of the stars of the show of the Wensleydale Heifer's menu and you'll find a variety of options included on both the special lunch menu and the A La Carte selection...
  • Dazzling desserts: ...We couldn't resist dessert (after seeing how fabulous they looked)... All I can say is wow!...
  • Friendly staff: ....From initially being shown into the cosy bar area to leaving a couple of hours later (with a very full stomach) I had a thoroughly enjoyable time thanks to the delicious food and the friendly and attentive staff...
  • Charming interiors: ...a warm and cosy snug (complete with wood-burning fire and comfortable leather sofas) to a bright and airy (and deceptively spacious) restaurant area, the interiors are all beautifully done....

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MODE eats at The Wensleydale Heifer

...Only the best ingredients are used and wherever possible, made on site like their breakfast jam or handmade chocolates we were later to find in the room. David explains "if we can do it better, we do. But if we find someone who does it better than we do, we let them. Take the artisan bread you'll have at dinner, it's from a great local baker, so why bake our own?" I couldn't agree more...

...The menu is luxurious and indulgent with choice enough for whatever you're into. It's well worth a read, so allow some time for getting through it. But remember, here it's all about you. If you see something you want to change or even fancy something that's not on the menu, worry ye not, it shall be created. There's even a local who has fresh French onion soup when he comes for dinner. It's not on the menu but the team ensure they have the ingredients in for just in case...

...The steak Rosini was absolutely amazing and in the words of David it really does feel so indulgent that "you almost believe when you put down your knife and fork, you're off to get into your Bentley and drive to your yacht" I'll second that! I also have to report that the lobster salad really was controversial; in the fact it was so unusual and yet perfectly put together making for an utter taste explosion!

...Throughout the meal we continued to feel progressively full each of which met with "we aim to please" and "we love to fatten you up, why do you think we are called the Wensleydale Heifer!"


National Geographic

The recurring theme of warm traditional homeliness very much applies to the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, which offers a masterclass in how to do the whole restaurant-with-rooms thing.

USA Today

The charming hotel located in The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers guests - people and pets - a cosy welcoming stay. The well acclaimed restaurant serve's classic yet sophisticated seafood delicacies prepared by five top chefs.

The Independant

Spectacular seafood. This country pub may be in the middle of the land locked Yorkshire Dales, but it is acclaimed for its wonderful fish


One of the best places to eat in the North East of England. Excellent and imaginative fish dishes, even the loos are imaginatively decorated...

The Guardian

The Chocolate Heaven room has a chocolate version of the Sistine Chapel; the Night at the Movies room has a huge TV and Audrey Hepburn on the wall. This quirky pub in the Yorkshire Dales specialises in themed rooms. Eat in the restaurant or the less formal Fish Bar. And there's a whisky lounge...


SEAFOOD HEAVEN - This country pub may be locked away "in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales", but it is acclaimed for it's "wonderful fish"

Sunday Times

Britains Top Restaurants in association with Hardens...
Wensleydale Heifer Top 200 in Britain, Top 10 in North East and Yorkshire.

The Good Food Guide

A Wensleydale landmark since the 1600s the once bucolic Heifer is now a country-chic Boutique Hotel with food aspirations. Despite the Bovine name seafood is the kitchen's main business and visitors can choose to eat informally in the bare tabled fish bar or splash out amid the 'contemporary decadence' of the main restaurant.

Michelin Guide

Pretty whitewashed former pub on the main street of the village. Quirky themed rooms --- Character lounge with roaring fire --- Dine in "The Fish Bar" or at clothed tables in the beamed restaurant, cooking has strong seafood base.

AA Pub Guide Pic of The Pubs

Two AA Rosettes awarded for culinary excellence

Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales this traditional 17th century coaching inn has been fully refurbish and retaining many of the original features whilst offering guest modern comfort in the 13 Dales themed bedrooms as well as an inviting lounge with roaring log fires and real ales, the pub offers two different dinning experiences, the fish bar is less formal with sea grass flooring, wooden tables and rattan chairs, whilst the light and airy restaurant has a much more contempory and casually formal atmosphere

AA Hotel Guide Inspectors Choice

Two AA Rosettes awarded for culinary excellence

Describing itself as 'Boutique style' this 17th century coaching inn is very much in the 21st century. The bedrooms with egyptian cotton linen and molton brown toiletries as standard are each designed with a unique and interesting theme - for example, Black Sheep, Night at The Movies, True Romantics and for chocolate lovers there is the obvious choice of a bedroom where you can eat as much chocolate as you like. The kitchen prides itself on sourcing the freshest fish and locally reared meats. Winner of the AA funkiest B&B of the year award 2011/2012

Good Food Guide

The Wensleydale Heifer continues to win over tourists and locals with it's beguiling mix of a log-fired pub, smart dining and seafood. Spanking fresh fish has been given an emphatic thumbs-up on eager-to-please menus....

Mitchelin Guide

Quirky themed rooms --- Character lounge with roaring fire --- Dine in "The Fish Bar" or at clothed tables in the beamed restaurant, cooking has strong seafood base.

Hardens Restaurant Review

The Wensleydale Heifer one of the best pub restaurants around with especially good fish and brilliant service - this incongruously land-locked Dales inn wins hearty endorsements from practically all of the many people who report on it...
"Food Exceptional"
"Service Exceptional"
"Ambiance Very Good"

Matt Carroll's Escape Routes

The Wensleydale Heifer does the best fish and chips in England – Fact!

The Sunday Times

The Best 20 restaurants with rooms

An hours drive from the nearest whiff of ocean its owner and chef David Moss dishes up lobster, tuna, mussels & Whitby cod, caught and delivered before sunrise

Northern Echo

It's worth a visit simply for its sensational food, but this is more than just a restaurant, the Heifer has 13 themed bedrooms all beautifully appointed and bang up to date for comfort

The Sunday Times

The Best 20 Restaurant with Rooms in Britain – The Wensleydale Heifer

Great food, exciting wine and – thanks to stylish accommodation that's just a short stager away – absolutely no arguments over whose driving home...

The Sheffield Star

....Top quality rooms. Yorkshire-sized portions of excellent food and good service. What more do you need?...

Manchester Evening News

....The Heifer is a soothing kind of place, staffed by knowledgeable passionate people whose main aim appears to be to provide utter contentment. The food is bold and tasty, with carefully concocted combinations and hearty portions...

The Times

...The service was sharp. The atmosphere was sophisticated and lively. The food was first rate...

Alastair Sawday's

Be lulled into a false sense of 'Leather armchair by the fire.' Enter the Fish Bar and you'll be met with wall to wall seagrass and modish-naff touches. There is also a shiny, slightly more formal but still kitted out with joke crockery, dinning room guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The welcome is warm and the food is sensational.


Pretty whitewashed former pub. Quirky themed bedrooms boast quality linen and all mod cons. Characterful lounge with roaring fire. Dine in Fish Bar or at clothed tables in beamed restaurant. Cooking has strong seafood base.

Sunday Times Travel Magazine

100 Best Hotels in the World - Wensleydale Heifer West Witton

The fish bar here has won David Moss, the owner/chef, Seafish Pub of the Year. It's a big hit with the locals. There is a huge range of shellfish or there's surf and turf for £34.75, and the steak is a 10oz one. There's another, more formal, dining area, cosy fires and a good atmosphere.

Sunday Times

50 of the Best British Pubs for the Weekend

A cosy village pub in the Dales; a sophisticated seafood restaurant where the Whitby lobster comes with black truffle; and a quirky boutique hotel with each room uniquely themed (chocolate, whisky, movies, cows) - this place is schizophrenia gone very, very right. There are two lovely walks just beyond the front door, too, so that's your whole weekend sorted.

Yorkshire Post - My Yorkshire: Steve Davies

Do you have a favourite restaurant, or pub?

The Wensleydale Heifer at West Witton, in the high street, gets my vote every time. The food is beyond excellence, the seafood is superb, and I've had the best surf and turf there that I've had anywhere in the world – and I've been about a bit. Great staff, great atmosphere.


The Daley Catch
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Alastair Sawday special places review

The welcome is warm and the food is sensational. The Whitby cod in crispy Black Sheep batter with peas and fat chips are the best fish and chips this side of Whitby's "Magpie Cafe". Chef David Moss, ex. "Crab and Lobster" at Asenby, has achieved the impossible; a great fish restaurant as far from the sea as you can get .

Delicious Magazine

This Dales Inn has an excellent reputation for serving hearty portions of seafood. The themed rooms include CHOCOLATE which has dark brown furniture, a drawer full of choccy treats and glassfuls of more chocs....Yum!!!

Alastair Bathgate, Confessions of a Wino

Fine seafood, fine wine list, fine (but relaxed) service and with just enough quirkiness and kitsch to make you smile.

Mr & Mrs Smith Restaurant Review

The Wensleydale Heifer, an upscale restaurant in West Witton is famed for its "Whitby Fish & Chips" served in newspaper, as well as its roasted scallops, lobster any-way-you-want and grilled prawns. Its incredibly popular, so make sure you book ahead.

AA Hotel Guide

New owners have transformed the ground floor of the 17th-century coaching inn, and introduced a light and modern fish restaurant and bistro. A good selection of real ales are offered and a roaring log fire warms the inviting lounge. Spacious bedrooms are comfortably furnished.

Hardens Restaurant Guide

About as far from the sea as you an get but the best seafood we've had anywhere, this decidedly land-locked Dales inn has quite a name for its cuisine, and - "in finest Yorkshire tradition" - the portions are "huge" too.

AA Restaurant Guide

Two Rosettes

Top notch seafood in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

AA Pub Guide

AA Seafish Pub of the Year for England

Fish features strongly at the Wensleydale Heifer, despite its countryside location. The inn has its own restaurant and fish bar, both with a chic contemporary look. The menu has something to appeal to all tastes, from traditional fish and chips served in newspaper to warm salad of maple roasted lobster.

Good Food Guide

"They don't get any better than this" writes a dedicated fish and chips eater of 60 years experience.

Country Homes & Interiors

This luxury boutique hotel near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales offer treats for Rover and celebrates local heroes Wallace & Gromit and James Herriot with a themed room.

The Times

"Reel in a prize catch with Whitby cod, crackling Black Sheep Bitter batter, fat chips and posh peas which is the best fish supper you'll eat all year, in or out of newspaper."

Country Pubs & Inns of Yorkshire

The accent is on the excellent food, with a distinguished menu of dishes such as Whitby cod, Aberdeen Angus rib steak, maple roast native lobster, slow-braisind shoulder of West Burton lamb and their famous fish pie with a mature cheddar and nutmeg crust.
The superb accommodation includes four-poster rooms and provides guests with every comfort.

The Times Magazine

10 Top Fish Restaurants
No 1.

A high-end fish restaurant, smack in the middle of the country? Unlikely, but true. The lounge/bar of this rambling, white washed pub shouts comfort - all leather sofas and tartan carpet - but step into the "fish bar" and its as camp as Christmas. Knowingly naff details, such as joke crockery (the plate your dinner comes on is in the form of a newspaper) and potty pictures of seagoing cows on the walls belie the sensational dishes brought from the kitchen by local lasses in striped Breton jerseys. Whitby cod, crackling Black Sheep Bitter batter, fat chips and posh peas is the best fish supper you'll eat all year, in or out of newspaper.

Yorkshire Post Magazine

Seafood Pub of the Year

Seriousness is reserved for the kitchen where a sizeable brigade turns out starters that can range from a perky beef salad to a fish soup that many French coastal chefs would envy.

Eating Out Review

The New Heifer is a Prize Beast.

Johansens Hotel Brochure

Charming themed bedrooms are elegantly decorated and some provide mini-suites and four-poster beds. No luxury is spared: each room has Egyptian cotton sheets, Molton Brown toiletries and luxurious bath towels. Staff are experienced and offer excellent service.

Yorkshire Post Magazine

Fish and chips, no matter how posh, may seem a cop-out in a place that offers itself as a fully-fledged seafood restaurant, but it takes technique to fry properly just as it takes discretion to assemble a simple dish so well. Someone in the large and manifestly expensive kitchen has these attributes.

The Northern Echo

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, among the top five Sunday lunches in recent years.

Table 4

The eclectic menu cannot fail to tempt the most discerning diner. The Wensleydale Heifer also offers a wide range of locally-produced farmed meats and produce.

Guardian Weekend

Readers' Restaurants

Three more fishy delights
The Wensleydale Heifer
A high-end fish restaurant, smack in the middle of the country, with not a whiff of ozone? Unlikely, but true. Chef David Moss raises the bar with classic dishes, kitsch classics and the best fish supper you'll have all year.


21 to Watch

Number 1

Great name, even better menu. The Wensleydale Heifer was a pub, and is now a restaurant that specialises in seafood. Daily deliveries from nine separate fish suppliers ensure consistency and quality.

Recommended on Tripadvisor

“Heaven in Chocolate Heaven !”

“Best restaurant in the north of England”

“First Visit....What a Treat!”

“Eat, drink, return.”

"Fantastic fish, first class steaks"

"Excellent food and caring hospitality"

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
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Open ALL year
even on Christmas Day!

Check-in after 2 pm
Check-out before 11 am

Tel: 01969 622322

Post Code: DL8 4LS


Monday to Sunday
12pm - 2.30pm, 6pm - 9.30pm

Early Bird Menu
6pm - 6.30pm

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Tripadvisor Recommended Restaurant

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