The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.3
97 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Worth the Drive
  • Sunday 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Restaurant/Food opening times:
Lunch: Monday to Friday - 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday and Thursday - 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Fri 5:30 - 9:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday Lunch: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Bar Opening times:
Monday to Thurs: 12:00pm - 3.00pm 5.00pm - 11.00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 3.00pm 5.00pm - 12.00am
Sat: 12:00pm - 12.00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
01757 288088
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Payment Options
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Shane White
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 97 People Are Saying
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DC
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We’d not been to the Drovers Arms before and were exited about our visit having read the reviews and seen the menu. The truth was we were a bit disappointed.

The fish pie was dry (it was essentially cheesy mash with some cod in) and contained three peas. The veg was over seasoned to the point of being inedible.

The suet beef pie was nice but again came with the same too-salty veg.

Overall we wanted to like it - the service was good and portions ample - but we won’t be rushing back sadly.

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G
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great pub

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KH
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had another great meal at this lovely country pub. Always a good meal. Service was a little bit slow, but the girl was very friendly and helpful. We always enjoy eating here! Many thanks.

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SS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this via a website and after reading reviews decided to book a table. From the minute we arrived we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. The menu is varied and we struggled to choose what to eat. The food was delivered quickly by a lovely waitress who smiled and seemed genuinely pleased to be in her role. The food was excellent. We had mini camembert to start with followed by cheesy Sheppards Pie and Hunters Chicken. Portions are big so no space for desert. Sadly we are not local otherwise I would probably visit every week. Great place.

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JP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as I remember from last year. Busy Sunday lunch. I had the beef which was fabulous, my son had a children’s meal with no complaint, and my wife had the fish.
Happy family all around.
Dog had a bowl of water.

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s
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Drovers Arms for dinner while on holiday. The food looked and tasted amazing and the staff were friendly and efficient. We would certainly go there again .

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RL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic Sunday no complaints at all but I love mashed potatoes and I did find with all that beautiful meat I could have done with another potato lol x but so so enjoyed presentation very good

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L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been multiple times, very good food and lovely staff. Been with big groups and small, perfect for any occasion.

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VS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although they were very busy, the service was friendly, quick and the food was fabulous. We will be back.

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RE
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beetroot salad and smoked salmon starter was divine
one of the best starters i have ever had
7hour roasted Rolled belly pork was mouth watering
well done all at the Drovers

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SK
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again outstanding foods do excellent service!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been before & always good - great food, service,ambience -would thoroughly recommend...!!

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MR
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food , great staff, good value. We shall definitely return and would recommend you to give it a try. Also very easy to book on the Internet , thanks.

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T
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We've been to the Drovers a few times now and have been impressed every time. However this time we went for Sunday dinner (which we have never done before).

Where to start? It was early afternoon so it wasn't busy at all. It took 20 mins to get our drinks to our table and to take our food order!! Starters were spot on. Main course, well to say it was poor would be kind. Hardly any pork on the plate at all, not even a hint of crackling, bland gravy, bland veg, the Yorkshire pudding was the best part of the meal. The drinks were getting slower and slower and even wrong!

Now at nearly £80 for Sunday lunch for a family of 3, i will never be recommending drovers for Sunday lunch. In fact i'll be doing the opposite and helping others keep their hard earnt money in their pockets.

If you want lovely high quality restaurant food for a special occasion, Drovers is the place to go. But if you want a decent Sunday lunch, sadly they haven't quite mastered this one yet and this isn't the place for you!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been to the Drovers since it changed hands a number of years ago but heard good reports and we were not disappointed. Had a wonderful wedding anniversary meal. Everything we had was brilliantly done. Not your average pub meal. Something special here!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was fine for some however duck a little over done and also did not like the'chipped' potatoes with skins on soggy and not eaten by anyone

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L
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service we received was very poor, no one asked if our food was ok or if we would like another drink.
The Sunday dinner was very poor, the beef was so tough you couldn’t cut through it and you only got 2 roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a small bowl of vegetables.
We told the waiter at the end of the meal about our experience but we were not offered any discount just an apology.
We would certainly not recommend this restaurant to any of our friends or family. Very disappointing as it was my husbands birthday.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab Sunday lunch and very understanding about gluten-free and nut-free requirements which is much appreciated. Have already booked again! Thoroughly recommend.

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W
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and helpful service. Steak night, great value and taste. Would definitely go again on a Wednesday for the offer.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Arrived with 4friends for a get together and a nice meal, ordered red wine off the wine list and was told
It was not available asked waiter about another he could recommend he bought another red wine that l thought was a bit chilled he took it back and within a minute was back with the wine just the same after trying this wine we sent it back French not very nice. We ordered another wine off the menu £16.95 which
We thought was a lot better. We ordered our meal which was just ok,asked for the bill to find the waiter had brought the wrong wine and the one we had was £22.95 not very pleased about that. So the outcome is if you charge quality restaurant prices for you food and wine maybe you should get a waiter who knows
About the wine your selling. Shame nice setting but over priced for pub grub.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and drink. Staff very pleasant and professional.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality of food was excellent..I had the lamb rump and my wife had the Barnsley chop. Highlight of the meal was a stilton sauce !!...you have to try it !!
Food was cooked to order so took slightly longer to come out, but this did not impact on the experience. We shall definitely go back

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SH
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and tasty. The only thing I would say is 2 of our party had Lemon Syllabub which was not entirely set so was a little runny and for £5.50 it should have been perfect as it is not a large pudding. There was only one scallop in the starter £6.95 which was bulked up with mashed potato salad and chips which I found the chips a little bazar. However the food was certainly tasty and the surroundings are lovely. The staff are very attentive and friendly. I could not fault the staff at all. I will certainly go back again this was our second visit, we had Sunday lunch there that was also faultless.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great village pub with character, lovely Sunday lunch we sat outside but inside equally nice! Great to have a local pub serving delicious food!!

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B
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The roast beef was a triumph, all the food was excellent, but in all honesty I can't say I've tasty better beef than that since I used to work in Lords Pavilion on the carvery 30 odd years ago, well done

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NH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Popped in for the the first time in a while for Saturday lunch. Really nice :-)

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SP
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were very pleasant helpful
Lots of gluten free options
Meals were well presented and very tasty
Pleasant atmosphere
Good value

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SB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying near to Skipwith and chanced upon the drover's arms and thought we'd pop in for dinner. What a lovely treat, friendly staff, good drink selection and great food in a cosy country pub setting. There's also a good sized car park and loads of seating inside. If we're in the area again we'll definitely be back.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch, very tasty we all enjoyed it.Goid service too, a friendly pub with a good menu and great choice if real ale.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent for a village pub
Been twice in 1 week and will definitely go back

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CG
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, service fast and nice setting.

An error made with order but sorted out quickly and without any bother.

Would recommend this place for Sunday lunch

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Good food bit pricey for a pub but otherwise perfect local cuisine

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GC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found the Drovers on line when looking for somewhere to eat during a 3 night Yorkshire break with friends and family. It was almost full on a Tuesday night which usually means it is good. This proved to be right as we all (4) found the food,staff and choices on the menu to be excellent. Suffice to say we will definitely go again the next time we are over there on a short holiday break from Liverpool. I would highly recommend a visit and can guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

The pub looks nice as we entered the bar area.It was very quiet only another table of guests.The service was apauling the food was awful my steak was like a old boot really tough and my husband's burger wasn't edible looked very undercooked.Will not be returning.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had seen good reviews for this pub / restaurant and booked on line. The beer selection was good, the bar staff efficient, we were able to browse the menu and order before moving to the table when the starters were ready. Very good menu to suit all tastes, quality was everything I had expected and hoped for. It was more expensive that my local but no more so than the chain restaurants attached to hotels. Certain to return, a good local business that deserves your custom

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JB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A super little place, inviting, friendly and excellent food.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to visit for sometime and glad we did. Lovely pub with a separate restaurant area. Great food, great service. Not an extensive menu but I don't mind that as more chance of the food being fresh. Will definitely visit again.

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IC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ok, the current owners have made this pub into a gem, food is really tasty, atmosphere is friendly, it's well turned our inside, staff are great....I have 1 big gripe, which is why I haven't given it 5 stars throughout. If you're a traditional bitter drinker then you may be disappointed. They sometimes have e.g. Black Sheep on or similar but doesn't seem to last long....yet the other day there were 4 blonde beers available.....I ended up drinking Birra Moretti. Shame as the pub is great.

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KH
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, really enjoyed our meal on Saturday evening. Great service, lovely food and a nice atmosphere. Many thanks.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Steak was burnt and overcooked. Mushroom sauce was too watery. Shame, as last time we visited it was spot on.

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