The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.5
793 reviews
£25 and under
British
Great food, fine ales, friendly atmosphere – what more could you want from a Restaurant & country pub?

The Drovers Arms, set in the tiny, picturesque village of Skipwith only ten miles south of York, is 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 The Drovers Arms.

The Drovers Arms was named one of Yorkshire’s top 30 pubs 2014 to 2019 by Welcome to Yorkshire and is a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner 2014 for 4 years running. More recently awarded winner of the Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year 2020 and Visit York Tourism Award 2020 Pub of the Year.

“We are determined to offer our customers authentic ale served by friendly bar staff, coupled with amazing food.

Support The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub during COVID-19

Experiences

  • The Huts

    Apr 14 - Sep 30, 2021

    Join us for a fantastic & unique private dining experience in our brand-new huts. Our huts can seat between 2 – 8 people & can offer some great views off the countryside. Each hut comes with their own table top heater, blankets, lighting & free Wi-Fi so come rain or shine you can continue to enjoy your meal or drinks in comfort. Contactless table ordering is available in all our huts using our free Wi-Fi & QR codes & each shed is thoroughly sanitised between uses. On booking the huts you will be allocated a set amount of time dependent on your party size this will give ample time to enjoy your meal & drinks. Rules around party sizes & household mixing must be adhered to & contact details will be taken for track & trace purposes.
  • The Tipi

    Apr 14 - Sep 30, 2021

    New for this year is our amazing tipi area offering a great covered space for that long-awaited meal or drink with friends, something that we have all missed so much. The Tipi covers a large area and offers great protection from the great British summer, Rain! It also has heaters & blankets dotted throughout if things turn chilly. Tables are bookable in various sizes & are allocated an amount of time depending on your party size. This will give ample time to enjoy your meal & drinks. Contactless table ordering is available in the tipi using our free Wi-Fi & QR codes & each table is thoroughly sanitised between uses. Rules around party sizes & household mixing must be adhered to & contact details will be taken for track & trace purposes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 793 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab Sunday lunch as always
Great service

SJ
SJT1182
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service. The team were welcoming and knowledgable. They were attentive but not intrusive.
Food was excellent, everything came out hot and tasted excellent.

JA
JanetA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely place and friendly staff.
Food quality could have been better and warmer.
Wasn’t advised at time of booking there was a separate Al Fresco menu.
With two celiacs in the party they were catered for adequately however.

MG
MatthewG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic family meal. Excellent food and local beer in the wonderful tipi outside area. Recommended!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here with 4 friends for my Birthday lunch, we all enjoyed the lunch and atmosphere of the place the staff were attentive and very pleasant.
Would recommend

DG
DebG
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and service was attentive without being intrusive.

The portions were good and the food was hot

MA
MichelleA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding pub, service, food and location just perfect.

KM
KelvinM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, delicious roast dinner. Service tends to be slow however

AP
AdrianP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and standards and quality just as good as the first time, will go again

MN
MelanieN
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

No muscles when ordered yet saw customer with muscles on way out. No fruit for any of gins I ordered. Buttermilk chicken very dry. Rest OK.

SW
SusanW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely setting, friendly staff. We will be back :)

JS
JonnyS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time m & my partner have ate here while being away for the weekend an will be going back. Lovely food, staff & atmosphere.

DB
DerekB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere Fantastic food and the staff were excellent

NH
NikkiH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meals but there 2as very little steak in tbe pie and for me who's birthday it was if you not a fan of curry there is not much els. I did have a salad but it was all rocket so very overpowering . I've love to see a vegan mac and cheese or vegan Lasagne on the menu. I'd even show the chef how to make a tasty version x

NS
NickS
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Beautiful pub with lots of atmosphere. Fantastic waiting staff.
We've been before and will be returning!!
The outdoor dining pods are superb!

GB
GggBbb
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, we sat outside in a cabin. Service was very prompt and friendly. We all had sandwiches, which were excellent, and chips to share. Really good value, great bread with lovely salad and coleslaw.

RW
RuthW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but hot chicken on Caesar salad melted the salad. Not a very warm welcome from barman or the waiter. The young girl who brought the food was lovely, very welcoming. The tables are trestle so very hard to manoeuvre when you have a dodgy hip!

MS
MariaS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service , lovely little setting . Will be back soon .

G
Gabby
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food is excellent too.
Great place to eat.

JT
JulieT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal which was delicious. The staff were very attentive but not intrusive. Would recommend.

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Paul
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice country pub with excellent food, atmosphere & enthusiastic staff!

I would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I loved the outside huts. I found the staff polite and my food was incredible. My date found his lamb a little dry and he found the heater didn’t give off enough heat. (I felt okay) some bigger heaters during the winter months would be great.
I’ll definitely be back.
Thank you

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Eatsoutlots1111111111111
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had the sea bass with mussels and King prawns in a sauce. Was very bland.
Coffee expensive.
Service don't communicate different waiters keep coming over asking the same questions.
Steak and chips looked good.

BW
BrettW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Drovers with my son and his fiancé. I’d booked a couple of weeks ago and managed to get the date wrong. Even though busy the manager accommodated us and we were served immediately. Could have been very embarrassing. Food was great and the real ale was in fine form.

JB
JaneB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Eaten a few times at The Drovers have to say that today’s food experience was very much below par, we had been advised that there was a few meal options not available upon arrival and whilst this is not unusual at the latter stage of a Bank holiday (5pm) to be then offered a “alfresco menu” that has fewer meal choices than the “lunch and evening” menu and not made aware of the available alternatives on there seemed peculiar.

The meals we did order (party of 5) only 3 of the starters and 3 of the main meals were adequate and 2 of each course were somewhat unacceptable.

All that said the staff were accommodating and apologetic and our final bill was amended to reflect our experience although it would certainly not have us rushing back and that is a real shame as we live relatively close to the Drovers and previously would have been a local pub/restaurant of choice.

TC
TraceyC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions are huge, lovely food. A bit light on Vegan options only one choice which was Thai curry which I’m not a fan of. Hubbies food was great.

Can’t fault them

PF
PaulaF
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the family come visit so we booked for our lunch.
Staff was very friendly and good was lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pre wedding venue viewing meal with family

CO
ClareO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was gorgeous, staff were polite, friendly and respectful! Will be back for sure

CB
CBDB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and atmosphere :-) Thankyou for a lovely evening x

LM
LauraM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was very slow
Many things on menu unavailable- should really inform of this when handing menus out
Burger quite dry

j
jamesw
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food used to be excellent but has recently become lacking in flavour. Mine also had some dry and over cooked elements. Hopefully the kitchen side will get sorted out.

MH
MarkH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was wonderful, but didn’t like the music it did not seem conducive to the lovely pub did not create the right ambiance other than that it was fabulous & the staff were amazing! Thank you!

PW
PaulW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A welcoming dog friendly pub. Good food. Friendly staff

KA
KatelynA
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our worst meal to The Drovers Arms..
we really rate it here… especially on a Sunday for Sunday lunch… so this is so disappointing

Not sure if a different chef works on Saturdays but food was average which is not usual as we generally really rate the food here.

Service was the worst we’ve had… particularly from a young female member of the team who was sarcastic and surly. The guy in charge outside is always pleasant but the rest have no idea… need to bring kids food out first… would’ve thought this was obvious but apparently not… and please clear table throughout meal (glasses, cutlery, etc…) Everything was a bit of an effort for us and the staff!!! when going inside to use the toilets all staff stood around having a chat…. No urgency and certainly not hospitable.

We’ve booked a table of 9 in 2 weeks time and I am considering cancelling as it’s for my sons birthday and I want it to be special.

Really sad as we always love coming here but the staff on this occasion clearly wanted to be elsewhere.

HW
HelenW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, if I was to offer any critique it would be the young waitress could of been improved in her manner however food and head waiters excellent

RA
RAYS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly welcoming staff, prompt table service, tasty well presented food (sharing fish platter) very enjoyable lunch.

RS
RichardS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but please stop serving microscopic amounts of mushy peas with the fish and chips in silly thimbles same size and amount as the tartare sauce.
Caesar salad was great but put the hot chicken on the side rather than wilting the salad by putting it on top, tiny issues but would improve the meals immensely

GG
GrahamG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Use this pub quite often, service is normally quite slow.

JG
JanG
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, a great meal all round in this lovely country pub

FAQs

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01757 288088.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 793 OpenTable diners.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://droversarms.giftey.co.uk/vouchers/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.