The Cover Bridge Inn is a very special place. This characterful old coaching inn has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years - a tradition continued by owners Nick & Anne Harrington for 22 years!
The Cover Bridge Inn, (formerly called the Forresters Arms and previously the Masons Arms), is situated alongside the River Cover, a few hundred yards upstream from the confluence with the River Ure.
"Cosy welcoming pub with a great choice of beers"
The Cover Bridge Inn is a very special place.
This characterful old coaching inn has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years - a tradition continued by owners Nick & Anne Harrington for the last 22 years.
The Cover Bridge Inn (formerly called the Forresters Arms and previously the Masons Arms), is situated alongside the River Cover, a few hundred yards upstream from the confluence with the River Ure. It was located here, alongside the Ford across the River Ure. The main ancient road from Richmond and the North crossed the River Ure at this point and continued up Coverdale crossing Park Rash Pass to Kettlewell in Wharfedale.
Although there may have been an older house on, or near the present site, the central 'T' shaped part of the inn was probably built around 1670, when there was much development in the area to cater for the increasing trade on the Drover's route up Coverdale (1695).
The bar has changed little over the years, with heavy open beams, wooden settles and a roaring log fires. This is the place to enjoy well kept draught ales: Theakston's Best Bitter, Old Peculier, Black Sheep, Timothy Taylors Landlord, guest beers, two real ciders and a gluten-free lager.
On fine days you can take a seat in the large Beer Garden and watch the River Cover flow gently by.
Yvonne, Alex and Charlotte look after the food menu and offer a tempting range of wholesome meals and snacks available in the dining room or bar every lunch time and evening.
The regular menu offers such delights as home made pies and lasagne, vegetarian dishes, steaks and our famous traditional ham and eggs, there are many more and also a daily specials board.
There's a children's menu too and on Sundays, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with all the trimmings goes down a treat.
And if you decide to stay awhile, three en-suite bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation, with television and facilities for making hot drinks.
The Cover Bridge is open all day, every day, from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm (from 12 noon to 11.30 pm on Sundays).
Meals are available from 12 noon to 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm all year round. Dogs and children welcome. Spacious private car park.
The Cover Bridge Inn is popular with anglers and day fishing. Permits can be obtained here for the River Cover and the River Ure for excellent trout and grayling fishing.
Those of you who enjoy walking will be spoilt for choice, as there are many recognised walks local to the Inn, one of which follows the River Cover downstream to the confluence of the River Cover and Ure, But watch out for the legendary 'Kelpie' - a horse-like creature whiches rises out of the waters here to stalk it's prey!
1.5 miles along the A6108 is the Historic town of Middleham with it's imposing ruined Norman castle, one time residence of Richard III. Dubbed the 'Newmarket of the North', Middleham lies at the centre of Yorkshire's most famous racing centres, where a dozen or so trainers handle hundreds of potentially top class racehorses which are exercised on the wide expanse of Middleham Moor every day.
In the opposite direction lie the evocative ruins of Jervaulx Abbey set in beautiful wooded parkland, renowned for the wild flowers which bloom amongst it's stones. From here the A6108 leads to the market town of Masham, famous in the beer-drinking world as the home of not just one but two breweries (complete with visitor centres) Theakston's and Black sheep.
Also close by are the market towns of Leyburn (market day Friday) and Richmond (Saturday) with it's ancient castle, riverside walks and picturesque cobbled market square.
The Cover Bridge Inn, East Witton, Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4SQ