The Tennants Arms, nestled beneath Kilnsey Crag, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, is a traditional country inn. It was taken over by executive chef Tom Garland-Jones last Spring, and he has rapidly transformed it into one of Wharfedale’s premier gastro pub destinations.
The boutique hotel boasts luxury, premium, double and twin bed options across 10 bedrooms and 2 function rooms. This would be the perfect place to host any special occasion.
We arrived on a warm Sunday afternoon to be greeted by Kim who explained all the new ‘rules’ in place to fit with government guidelines. Kim made us feel very welcome ensuring us we were in good hands for the night.
Our room named ‘Pen Y Ghent’ was a premium double en-suite room with a king-sized bed. The decor of the room had a traditional inn feel with large beams and stylish decor. However, the star of the show had to be the bathroom. In the en-suite you can enjoy a relaxing soak in a roll top bath, whilst the bath tray allows you to enjoy a glass of wine, maybe stream something on your phone and unwind.
After unpacking and having a little rest in our cosy room, we were ready to sample what the restaurant had to offer.
With it being a Sunday, there was only one thing on our mind and that was Yorkshire puddings! Traditional Sunday lunch is served from noon to 7:30pm with a variety of meats on offer as well as a selection of popular dishes from the weekday menu. This is perfect for those who don’t fancy a Sunday lunch and would prefer a gastro-pub dish. The restaurant serves locally sourced Yorkshire Dales produce alongside a good range of cask ales and fine wines.
We ate in the main dining area, although there is also a pub lounge for a more casual setting or two function rooms ideal for private celebrations and corporate dining. Taking a seat in the beautiful oak-panelled dining room sipping on a delicious Merlot, we chose our starters and mains and couldn’t wait to tuck in. For starters we went for prawn cocktail and pigs in blankets. The prawn cocktail was presented beautifully with crisp iceberg lettuce and crunchy cucumber and tomatoes. I particularly liked how king prawns were served in this dish which added a more luxury feel to the classic starter. Who doesn’t love pigs in blankets? Served with a Yorkshire pudding, they were the ultimate treat and paired excellently with the wholegrain mustard. They were delicious and we could have eaten the whole batch, but we will just have to wait until Christmas!
For mains, we both went for roast beef which is a Sunday dinner classic meat. Served pink, it was accompanied with braised red wine cabbage, cauliflower cheese, roasted vegetables, sautéed greens, roasted and mashed potatoes, and of course a Yorkshire pudding. Again the presentation of the dish was immaculate and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in but at the same time didn’t want to ruin the artwork on the plate!
If you are into your Sunday dinners, this has to be a place for you to try! The gravy was piping hot which is essential and each vegetable was seasoned and tasted delicious. The star of the show had to be the beef which was cooked how we both loved it, along with the crunch of a large Yorkshire pudding. The ultimate Sunday indulgence!
After demolishing our mains we needed a little breather, however, there was something on the menu that caught our eye right from the start and we knew we was getting no matter how full we was, and that was the cheese board. With brie, stilton, chilli cheese and cheddar there was something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the celery and apple that accompanied the cheese as this was a perfect palette cleanser. The crackers on offer were extra crunchy and not your standard cream cracker which I preferred as again it added a little more luxury to the dessert.
After dinner we moved into the bar area where we finished the night with a couple more glasses of wine before retiring to our room to unwind. We had a lovely night, the food was spectacular and if anything we couldn’t wait to see what breakfast was like in the morning.
I was a little apprehensive about breakfast due to Coronavirus but I needn’t had been as the whole breakfast experience was wonderful. Breakfast is served in one of the function rooms and there are roughly 8/9 tables spaced out from one another. You can still help yourself to tea and coffee as well as a selection of fruits, yoghurts and cereals just as you would pre-coronavirus which we loved as it felt ‘normal’ in this crazy world we are living in at the moment. The waitress took our order for our cooked breakfast and we both opted for Eggs Royale which was one of the best I have ever had. The poached eggs were delicious and well cooked. I chose to add two hash browns to my dish which was the perfect addition. The breakfast filled us up brilliantly and we was now ready for a nice walk in the Dales.
Overall our stay at The Tennants Arms was exceptional and the perfect end to a birthday weekend which we will not forget for a while. Attention to detail was a true highlight of our stay, with not only the presentation of the food but also the decor of our room. If you are looking for somewhere to stay which is remote and away from all the business of normal life, The Tennants Arms could be the perfect place for a getaway.