The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.4
169 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
Great food, fine ales, friendly atmosphere – what more could you want from a country pub?

The Drovers Arms, set in the tiny, picturesque village of Skipwith only ten miles south of York, is fast becoming one of the area’s main destination inns.

The delicious home-made food is locally sourced and reflects the changing seasons, mirroring the wonderful walks to be found through Skipwith Common, right on its doorstep.

Business Owner Graham Usher who has over 20 years’ experience in some of Yorkshire’s best hotels, are justifiably proud of their new enterprise which they took over in November 2013.

The Drovers Arms was named one of Yorkshire’s top 30 pubs 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 by Welcome to Yorkshire and is a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 winner.

“We are determined to offer our customers authentic ale served by friendly bar staff, coupled with amazing food.
What 169 People Are Saying
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MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived on time and seated at our table immediately, we were then told that there was a 45 minute wait after placing our order. To be fair it was very busy and we were served our first course after 15 minutes so the wait was fine. The service was excellent as was the food. Will definitely return.

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RC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really fantastic top notch food loved every mouthful highly recommend foodies to try it

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DP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for lunch Tuesday afternoon. Lovely pub, staff very pleasant, plenty of choice , the food was excellent and piping hot, large portions

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MD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We Were staying nearby and decided to walk to Skipwith and have a meal at the Drovers. There was lots of choice on the menu and we all picked starters and mains. Food was lovely, nicely presented and came quickly. We struggled to get a taxi home due to the lack of taxi ranks in the nearby area and the barman saved the day and offered us a ride home, thanks so much!

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KW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

3rd time for Sunday Lunch. Always nice food but a bit fed up with Red cabbage.Beef lovely.Crayfish starter lovely but a bit hard to get out of a whisky glass!!.A small bowl would be more appropriate.Overall love this place & will come back.

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ST
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly service. Very busy though so book in advance.

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DL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great night - we were having a reunion weekend with friends and the welcome we got was spot on. Food good, service prompt and very good value. Thank you, we'll be back!

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J
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, with good service, nothing was too much trouble.

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal at The Drovers Arms. Always a warm welcome, good food and great service. It was the first shift for a new waitress - and she did really well!

Nice to see you again Adam - look forward to your reply!!! :)

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Responded on 2 May 2019

Hello Kathryn, What a pleasure it is to read your reviews! They just keep on getting better and better. We love it when you come from a spot of food. Thank you for your kind words about Lucy she is settling in well and is a great addition to the team i'm sure you will agree. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson. FOH Manager

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LY
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always great food. Service today was a little slower

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice place but the quality of the 2 main courses wasn’t good.
Too much on the plate, Duck was over cooked and dry, too much sauce. Sea Bass was ok but again too much sauce

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LP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff lovely surroundings and delicious food all served quickly

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi LesleyP, Many thanks for the great review! Look forward to welcoming you back to The Drovers again soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson

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MK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well located in village setting.
Good, hard surface car park with easy access into pub.
Welcomed by friendly staff who were courteous and attentive throughout.
Wide ranging menu - food exceptional.
Full review on TripAdvisor.

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi MalcolmK, Thank you so much for the 5 star review. Your kind words have been passed onto the team. It was a pleasure reading your great review on TripAdvisor also. See you again soon Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Friendly service. Good menu choices.

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi KathrynH, Amazing, another 5 star review! Thank you so much! Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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S
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food excellent and made for a pleasant lunchtime treat.

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi Simsy, What lovely comments and 5 stars! Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your lunch, hope to see you again very soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time our party was 7 people. We had a great evening - everyone enjoyed the food and the service was first-rate.
We are booked in again for Friday, so we will see you again soon!
Let's see if Adam replies to this review! :)

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi KathrynH, We always love reading your reviews! Thank you once again for the 5 stars and such kind comments. You keep the reviews coming and i will keep going with the reply's! :) See you again very soon i'm sure! Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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JL
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal backed up by good service. Would certainly go back.

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Responded on 28 April 2019

Hi John, Thank you for the great review. We are delighted you had such a great time with us. Hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food. Usually great service, although a little slow on Monday evening. Still, a lovely evening out and a good meal!

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi KathrynH, Thank you for the review, we are glad you had such a lovely evening out. Apologies for the slightly slower service then usual on Monday. Hope to see you again very soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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CL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi CateL, Thank you very much for the review. The team is delighted you had a great time with us. We Look forward to seeing you at The Drovers again very soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson. FOH Manager

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good place to eat! We always enjoy it there

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi KathrynH, Thank you for the 5 star review. We love that you enjoy spending time at The Drovers. See you again soon Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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JM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would definitely go back. The food was very good, the portions were enormous, the staff very smiley and friendly - we will definitely return. Just 2 minor 'niggles' in that it was Pepsi, which I find vile - much prefer Coke, and they could do more for smokers.

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi JudithM, We Love the 5 star review, thank you very much! See you again soon. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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CN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I had a prawn noodle starter and the lamb rump which was perfectly cooked. I sat by the log fire in the bar where everything was clean and comfortable and the service was excellent. In a lovely setting with the potential for a walk, I will return with friends.

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi CaroleN, Thank you so much for the kinds comments and the 5 stars. We have passed your comments onto the team. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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JH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and well presented
Recommend and will return
Great service & friendly staff

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Responded on 28 March 2019

JulieH, Thank you for the kind comments on our food and service! We look forward to your return. Kind Regards Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want an authentic Country pub setting with outstanding service and food, this is the place. Service was attentive without being over the top - thank you Abigail!!. Food was delicious. Had excellent Fish and Chips, my wife had their delicious locally sourced Burger. Would come back for sure.

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Responded on 28 March 2019

Hi, Thank you for the review we really do love your comments! Your amazing words about Abigail have been passed onto her. Thanks again. Adam Atkinson FOH Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely pub, very welcoming!

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ND
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, will book here again, couldn’t believe the choice and quality; very friendly staff 😀

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MB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Drovers, will be happy to return soon.

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L
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I rarely give poor reviews and I’m sad to be writing this. We have been occasional (two or three times a year) customers for many years and have seen a bit of a decline in the quality of food and service in recent visits. This time, however was so poor that I don’t think we will try again.
Our meal was a midweek lunch for four and we booked in advance. There were only two staff on duty, one a new member on her first shift and the other a regular. We could see straight away that they were both struggling to keep on top of the service. The phone rang frequently and stridently for long periods of time because the staff were too busy to answer.
We were warned that we would have a wait of 30 minutes for our food, which wasn’t a problem for us. It arrived in 40 minutes. I had ordered an onion bahji burger with mango and chilli chutney. It was served without chutney. On enquiry I was told that the chutney hadn’t come in the delivery but I could have yoghurt. Not the same thing at all. The bahji was dry and hard and on closer inspection I found that the bottom was burned black. I complained and was offered an alternative. It took 30 minutes for my meal to arrived, by which time the others had finished eating and I’d lost my appetite. It was boxed up for me to take away.
My husband had chosen the steak suet crust pie. The steak was chewy (not tender) and the pastry thick and tough. The chips were soggy. Our companions said their food was ok, but not great.
Clearly on this occasion the staff were struggling. It’s such a shame because it’s a nice pub, the menu is attractive and the staff do their best. I know the owners are trying hard to offer a range of different dishes and drinks. Perhaps we were just unlucky - but it’s unlikely we will try again.
I should add that we were not charged for my meal.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal as the food was lovely with a wide variety of choice. The staff are lovely and the fact that they allowed pets was amazing. Would recommend to family and friends any time!! 5*

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AR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents here for Sunday dinner last week. Service was great and the food was delicious, especially the Sunday roast. I would definitely recommend. Thanks!

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JB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, better than you'd expect from a pub by a long way, great staff who were polite and helpful and a beautiful location if you like a stroll into the woods at Skipwith literally 2 minutes walk away. A regular haunt of ours now.

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CS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent not often I complete surveys but felt compelled to this time

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AP
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely, they had run out of a few things though which was disappointing. Will definitely be back to try the normal menu (we had Sunday dinner)

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RL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a real country pub serving high quality meals at a reasonable price. Dog friendly and when we were in which was a busy sunday dinner time there were no problems with animals!! Traditional sunday roast was excellent and the menus cover everything and every taste...portions were good...no nouvelle cuisine stuff here!! Nothing was too much trouble...we asked for more gravy...no problem....service was a little slow but it was a busy sunday...Can't complain about anything and will be recommending to friends and family

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GB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub . Dog friendly and food is excellent . You can’t beat a log fire

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PH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dropped in for a lunch with friends. The roast beef sandwich of the day was just the ticket. A lightly toasted ciabatta roll filled with tasty slices of beef. This was accompanied by a little gravy boat. Add to that a portion of chips and you are set up

A lovely snack meal which didn’t disappoint

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DG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious, the vegetables were cooked to perfection and it's worth a visit for the twice cooked chips alone!

We also had the sharing platter for dessert as we had seen other diners ordering it, and it did not disappoint, it was superb

We returned 2 days later for another meal and this was just as good as the first

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KH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we've tried them for breakfast. It was really great. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we will be back!

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PL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Hi sadly the food was not as hot overall as I would have liked but the quality was good. A jug of gravy would be a nice touch too.

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KW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lovely Sunday Lunch. Only gripe was that our beef was rather on the cool side. As we were one of the first in thought it would be hot. Never mind - will come again.

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