The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

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Sunday Lunch
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 which he took over in November 2013.

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.

“We are determined to offer our customers authentic ale served by friendly bar staff, coupled with amazing food.
What 288 People Are Saying
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HuwE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a few times and love it, warm and friendly, good food and efficient service plus good beer & dog friendly the perfect country pub

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GrahamW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 1st time sunday lunch and we were treating friends for the hard work they have put in to help us. Food was amazing as always and we will be back.

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ClaireB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great family friendly pub, good food & drink & great service.

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MalcolmR
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food, wide range and appealing menu and superb service.
Pity we don't live nearer otherwise this would be a regular dinner venue.

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Annie4660
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Nice and warm this time. You just have to be patient as kitchen service is slow but it’s good to know everything is fresh and made to order. Well done. Our favourite local restaurant.

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PaulB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcome. Excellent pint. Perfect portions for the Friday Fish and Chips menu.
Cheesecake sweet was rather heavy, with a bland taste however. One of us had the crumble which was first class.
Service was friendly and efficient. No long waits for anything. Thoroughly recommendable.

JG
JanG
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic menu & well cooked food. Swordfish special amazing

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HarryH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for food, dog friendly and good staff. Beer choices were good too.

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MarkG
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Birthday Meal for me and about the 9th Time I've eaten here Usually about twice a year when we stay in Skipwith.
Has an extensive Gin & wine List
Meals are higher than your normal Pub Standard but not quite Full gastro pub but the portions are generous and well seasoned.
I had steak this time but it was a bit on on the tough side for a sirloin otherwise the rest of my meal was fine.
The other guests had Seabass, and Burgers and all reported them to be good.
this a great place to dine with friends and if you have dogs I recommend you book the bar area in advance.
I always enjoy coming here its it is always good quality and value.

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charlesm
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food a bit slow arriving . Staff very friendly but seemed not to understand the till to place the order

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Everything was spot on. Food amazing. Service great. Highly recommended.

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Annie4660
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s always excellent and I would have given 5 but it was very cold on this evening. They tried to light the log fire which resulted in heavy smoke and people moving tables to avoid it. To combat this, doors and windows were opened and fans blasted out fresh air, making it even colder. The staff kept smiling and the food was as good as ever. It’s still our favourite local restaurant.

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JayneC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a 1530 hr table and they had run out of cauliflower cheese and parsnips which was disappointing. The beef I had was good but my partners was a bit chewy. Service excellent, friendly bunch. Overall, we thought the Sunday lunch was good. We would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent- we were really impressed and will be returning. Thank you!

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Responded on 4 March 2020

Thank you for a FAB 5/5 review! We will look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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Clm3
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I thought the food did not reflect the price. I had the beef and while it was seasoned well and the flavour was nice, it was tough as old boots, to the point where it was actually difficult to cut. My husband's pork was the same. The Yorkshire puddings were lovely and the desserts nice too (although don't call the kids' ice cream sundaes if it's served in a black shallow bowl). Don't think we'll be going back I'm afraid.

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clk123
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday lunch. I was extremely impressed by the delicious and high quality food, the incredibly fast service, the lovely and hard-working staff, Elena's coffee, cleanliness, etc. There were only teeny tiny niggles, which in the grand scheme of things don't really matter. It's a bit pricey if you have the works - pre-meal drinks, mains, extra sides (not really needed), puds and coffee - about £55 - but it was so good it was worth it. Definitely going back and will need to book again as it's extremely busy/popular.

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Lillyrose
Dubai
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely Sunday lunch. Service is superb and the food was outstanding. We have had a few hit and misses in the past but now it seems both kitchen and front of house are showing their very best.

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BrianS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this place six times now, each time with different guests, everyone has commented on how nice it is and how good the food is, excellent place to dine.

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Michael
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. although a pub the food is of high quality.
A couple near us had two very large dogs which were well behaved but were smelly which slightly spoilt a generally great experience.
Would recommend

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Daisy
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been a few times now to the Drovers Arms and it is a lovely pub.
Always warm and cosy and a friendly atmosphere.

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JohnB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have dined here many times as it is our local pub. Service is always good, food excellent. Background music is sometimes a bit too loud.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 18 February 2020

Dear John, Thank you for your 4/5 review! We are delighted to read that you have enjoyed another visit with us. We can only apologise that the music was a little too loud for you. We do hope to see you again soon at the Drovers Arms! Best wishes Emma

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy atmosphere with friendly helpful staff. The food is delicious and good value for the quality.

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Responded on 12 February 2020

Dear Sarah, Thank you for your 5 star review! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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AndrewF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Really nice people. What more could you want?

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Andrew, Thank you for your 5 star rating! So pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Emma

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BrianS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5th time here, never been disappointed, the staff are friendly and informative, the food is excellent.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Brian, Thank you for your FAB 5 star review! We are delighted to read that you have enjoyed your experience with us on all five of your visits to the Drovers Arms! We hope you will continue to visit. Best wishes Emma

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vipMerel
London
79 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, attentive service, excellent value. Perfect Sunday Lunch. Not bad for people watching either. The Drovers Arms adds little touches to its offerings, keeping it fresh and a pleasure to go there. The best gastropub for miles around.

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Responded on 6 February 2020

Dear Marel, Thank you for your FAB 5star review! It really means a lot to us and the team! We do hope to see you again soon at the Drovers Arms! Best wishes Emma

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EveH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere good food attentive waitress. Would definitely recommend

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 4 February 2020

Dear EveH, Thank you for your 4 star review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. We do hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Emma

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HeatherB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table by the wood fire, and chose from a very good menu. Our food was delicious, and the service was all we could have wished for. We weren't hustled out at 15.00, when they officially close, and we left a few minutes afterwards. All the staff were polite and helpful, the pub is in the most beautiful village, and we had a very pleasant time. Thanks to all.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 4 February 2020

Dear HeatherB, Thank you for your 5 star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Drovers Arms! Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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vipKathrynH
Yorkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal at The Drovers Arms - and Sunday lunch is no exception!
The only thing I'd comment on is that my friend and I had the vegetarian Yorkshire pudding filled with veg, which was great and we both enjoyed it, but it had spiced red cabbage in it. Not only is red cabbage a bit of an "acquired taste", it also doesn't go very well with this particular meal! Other than that, the food, as usual, was superb!
Many thanks to Adam and the front of house team! See you soon.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 28 January 2020

Dear Kathryn, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to read that you and your friend disliked the vegetarian Yorkshire pudding, I will certainly pass your comments on to our kitchen team. So pleased to hear that Adam and his team looked after you. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 27 January 2020

Wow! Thank you for your 5 star rating! It really means a lot to us and the team! Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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JanG
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a local pub. Food gets better each time. Service great. Highly recommended

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 27 January 2020

Dear JanG, Thank you for your FAB 5star review! We are delighted to read such a great review! I will certainly pass your comments on to the team! Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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TrudyM
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The surroundings are modern and clean,the fire in the middle of the room gave a lovely heat and the staff were friendly and attentive without being pushy. The Sunday lunch was gorgeous,so tasty and very filling!

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 22 January 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review! It really means a lot to us and the team to read such positive feedback. We do hope to see you again soon! Many thanks Emma

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BernadetteA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely pub great food, nice open fire! Warm welcome from staff!

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 22 January 2020

Dear Bernadette, Thank you for your 5 star review! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fantastic service excellent well worth the ride out

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review. It really means a lot to us and the team. We hope to see you again soon at the Drovers Arms! Best wishes Emma

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NigelH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, obviously use quality produce. Friendly, efficient service in a well run country pub. Never lets us down, always top notch!

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 15 January 2020

Dear Nigel, Thank you for your 5star review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Emma

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HuwE
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Sunday lunch at a reasonable price with friendly service, cosy pub with open fires

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 17 January 2020

Thank you for your 5star review! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arm! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes Emma

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to enjoy a family get together because of the homely, relaxed atmosphere created by the pub decor and friendly staff. Service prompt and professional, food served hot, beautifully presented with very generous proportions, my fish and chips were enormous and delicious. Will definitely be going again

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 9 January 2020

Dear Anne, Thank you for taking time to leave us your 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms! I have to agree the fish and chips are amazing! We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Emma

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous meal the steak was melt in the mouth and the chips here are awesome as always the staff are friendly and we were made to feel welcome with our dog Ruby the log fire is welcoming and the staff where quick to make sure we were served a lovely little gem of a place

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 9 January 2020

Dear Sam, Thank you for your fab 5 star review! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at the Drovers Arms. We are pleased that Ruby liked the log fire! We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Emma

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NadineD
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was ok but not as good as our previous visits. My steak and ale pie was delicious though over salted. This dish was chosen in place of the sausage/mash which they had run out of which was disappointing but not unusual given the festive season. The vegetables are always a bit to al denote for us so we pick out the veg that we can get the fork into.

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ChloeD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We came for a meal with friends for my partners birthday, I booked for 6pm as on your website it states that Sunday 12-6 is Sunday lunch only but after 6 you can choose from the normal menu. When we got there we were told that there was only Sunday lunches available until 6. When questioned about this because it was now 6:15 the guy suddenly changed his mind and said that it was ONLY Sunday lunches all day so clearly either he lied because he couldn’t be bothered with the main menu or you really need to update your website. To then top it off the waitress then reeled off a list of dishes that were then unavailable off the menu due to selling out! When our food was brought out we were then told we had 2 portions of veg (which was mostly just cougettes with a few carrots 1 piece of broccoli & 2 pieces of cauliflower) between 10 of us which is ridiculous! I chose this restaurant as we have been before and the food and service has always been wonderful so I wanted to show it off to our friends however this time I feel very let down. The food was again lovely but very limited by what we could order. I would seriously think again about booking for an occasion after this.

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TraceyB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was as always a lovely Sunday lunch. Took the family and everyone enjoyed.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub
Responded on 9 January 2020

Dear Tracey, Thank you for your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your Sunday lunch. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Drovers Arms. Best wishes, Emma

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