The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.3
138 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
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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.
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CS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 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
2 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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D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have called in over the years at the Drovers Arms and have always enjoyed it. We have now been the last couple of years on Christmas Eve and this year had an evening meal there. It was excellent and the atmosphere in the pub was very welcoming and casual. We also recently used one of the Drovers Arms Breakfast vouchers and I would recommend a breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday as it was lovely and very filling.

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s
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

another enjoyable evening at the drovers arms. the pub was very busy today and somethings were already gone from the menu at 7 o'clock. when my soup and bread arrived the bread was wafer thin. so i wondered if this was running out too. but the food was again lovely and we had a good night. will certainly be returning.

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KH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We always love this pub, but on Friday it was particularly loud. It isn't the pub's fault, but there were a couple of very noisy groups of people who seemed to be trying to "outdo" each other regarding volume. Shouty people who got louder as the evening wore on.

We normally have a great, quiet meal here - the food was great but the noise levels were pretty awful!

I accept that there isn't much the pub can do about this - but it is feedback!

See you again soon!

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N
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went there for my birthday and the food did not disappoint. Interestingly we ticked 'birthday' on the booking process but nothing was mentioned or said, or done, so I wonder what the point of the question is....
Service was good but not outstanding.
Food was very good; several things I would easily have chosen. It's not a cheap meal out, but not bad for what we got.

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HG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive waiting staff, warm reception, prompt service with a smile.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They had run out of lots of carvery options but food from main menu was available and very tasty.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The table we had was located next to a radiator which was on full so it was uncomfortably hot. There were only two roast potatoes on the plate with the meat and Yorkshire pudding, given the small helpings of vegetables I would have hoped for mashed potato too. To be fair what we did get was tasty, although not filling. We had plenty of room for pudding. Unfortunately we waited so long I had to go and ask one of the waiting staff if she would take our sweet order. She obliged but reluctantly. Lovely puddings when they arrived. Shame about the service.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food lovely. Staff friendly and very accommodating. Always a pleasure.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly service. Highly recommended.

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been before and really rate this pub and restaurant. A good varied menu, well presented, good selection of ales. It is also close to the common, an extraordinary place worth visiting for a walk before your dinner.

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JB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, and plenty of it. Service was good.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pub. Fantastic atmosphere. Would recommend. Would definataly return.

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JL
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the two meals for £12 lunch offer and it was excellent.

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JL
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food friendly service, never had a bad experience

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J
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal on Friday. The lamb was superb! The selection of beer on offer was also good.

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UC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I do like the Drovers. It has a lovely atmosphere and a great selection of Gins and I do love their steak and sewit pudding. However, we went for a Sunday roast and whilst my daughter beef was cooked to perfection, we had turkey dinner and it was not great. The pigs in blankets were very salty, the red cabbage with swimming in watery bitter liquid and the Yorkshire puddings were the worst we have had.....dense and hard to cut. We left those.

I am sure they will be back on their game soon and this was just a blip....

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HB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable evening on Saturday night. I’ve been coming to the Drovers for years, and this meal really impressed us. The service was excellent - polite, helpful, prompt. The food - mugs of mulled wine, hummus starter, baked Camembert starter, sausage and mash, sea bass - was delicious and beautifully presented. The room was comfortable and well-lit, with a real fire. No wonder it was so busy. But despite a full house, we couldn’t have asked for better service. Thanks to everyone.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday lunch and couldn’t fault a think from walking through the door . Friendly service and excellent food.

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DB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and friendly staff, also dog friendly. Lovely welcoming fire and very cosy.

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KH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Fish pie, as usual, was excellent!
See you again soon.

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t
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

overpriced and mediocre beef tough uninspiring vegetables no accompaniaments with turkey.

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KH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a really good meal. Quick service. Friendly staff. Great food - served quickly and piping hot. Good value for money. This pub is becoming a regular for us - we really enjoy eating here!

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DR
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Prebooked for 12 but only 11 seats on arrival. No greeting or happy faces - not felt welcome. Very busy pub which is a good sign but the service was poor - 3 times asked for a drink and 3 times they got the order wrong. Food was average - nothing wow, bland vegetarian option with salad turing brown at edges. Won't be going back. Shame we will spend our money eleswhere. If you want average then eat here.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was very tasty, hearty pub grub. It was let down though by the slow service, unattentive staff and the table setting which saw us squashed onto a table that was far to small for five people.

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MG
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dog friendly Pub in the delightful village of Skipwith great value meals for lunch and dinner. Extensive Gin Menu here to and they have discount gin nights on Fridays. I have been here about ten times now and they've never disappointed food and service is great friendly and unhurried.

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KH
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often eat here - and the food is always excellent! Booked for lunch on Friday with a client - and it was good food and quick service! Thanks!

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T
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak, great value. Would definitely recommend

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V
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lovely welcoming fire. Nice atmosphere and pleasant surroundings.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch with the family catered well for my toddler. Cannot find any faults to be honest :)

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GB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Even though restaurant was very busy food was to high standard and staff were excellent. Only criticism - our table was opposite the door to the kitchen and the door kept getting left open, I was frozen which spoiled the occasion a bit.

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B
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although very busy we did not have to wait long for our meals. The food was superb and plentiful and the waiting staff looked after us very well

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