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The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton, North Yorkshire

The Wensleydale Heifer

4.8
4.8
546 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Wensleydale Heifer may be within easy reach of the A1 and M6 but it still feels totally rural. A traditional white-washed inn complete with leaded lights and swinging sign, The Wensleydale Heifer gives the visitor a real flavour of Britain meaning it’s popular not only with locals but with tourists searching for the real Yorkshire. From the lounge, with its comfortable leather settees, country pursuit paintings and imposing fireplace through to the wicker seating, beamed ceilings and eau de nil painted walls, the interior could have leapt from the pages of Country Homes magazine. The contemporary British menu includes seaood from across Britain plus locally sourced meat and veg, all prepared using the Wensleydale Heifer philosophy – keep it simple.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Seafood, Grill
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:15 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:15
  • Phone number
    01969 622322
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    David Moss

What 546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Best Overall

  • Yorkshire

    Best Food

  • Yorkshire

    British

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Overall

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Food

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Service

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • North Yorkshire

    British

546 Reviews
  1. SamA

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food quality. Will be coming back soon

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  2. KayB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As aways, the Wensleydale Heifer was outstanding. Totally attentive but thoroughly unobtrusive, friendly, seamless service. This was our first Lunch Club meal, and the food was superb, perfectly sized portions with still room for the pudding. Thank you, it was lovely.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good when ever we dine at he the Heifer. Amazing food, staff professional and friendly. Would highly recommend

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  4. GeoffB

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Quite a pretentious eatery but with very pleasant staff. Food was nothing exceptional or even special and very much overpriced for the area. The additional surcharge idn't help.

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  5. BryanS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food (Cote de Boeuf and the Lamb Rump were perfect). Very attentive and friendly staff. Will be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the team are so welcoming and knowledgeable about the food and wine. A wonderful relaxing Sunday lunch.

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  7. KateJ

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding from start to finish! The maitre de was friendly, enthusiastic about the menu and recommended the sharing tomahawk which was incredible!! Wish we had room for dessert. We are in the snug which was two tables near the bar and it was perfect for us, we wanted something a bit more intimate to celebrate. We’ll be back!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful from start to finish. Not only is the food on another level so are the front of house team. All too often places never get both quite right but the Wensleydale Heifer absolutely smashed it! The only regret was leaving it until the last night of the holiday - perusing the menu ….. we could have eaten there all week Cannot wait to return

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  9. KevinU

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately we had a very loud table of females next to us, who were very loud, and constantly using the F word There were only 5 tables in the room, and you could see that other tables were also annoyed, the manager should have had a word, but it was clear they were regular customers It certainly spoiled our experience, and also that of the other customers

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  10. KirstenJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'd been recommend the WH on several occasions and so on booking a stay for a few days in a nearby village,I thought ,what a great way to celebrate my birthday with my family . We arrived a little early and were seated at our table in the bar area within a few minutes. A lovely birthday balloon,card and gift were waiting for me,a lovely touch. We enjoyed a lovely meal after discussing allergies with the waiter and being reassured all due care would be taken. My niece was the only one of us who could fit in a dessert,a child's jelly and ice cream ,but,wow,fabulous presentation. She was also given a small cuddly rabbit for Easter to take home,really sweet and again,a special touch. We had a lovely visit and would return,I gave 4 stars on value only because the prices are top end but the food was delicious,a real treat! Thanks Wensleydale Heifer, excellent!

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  11. TracyB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner with friends at the Wensleydale heifer it’s a great restaurant and has a wonderful atmosphere. The food was absolutely fantastic. Two of us shared the Tommahawk steak it was amazing. The rest of us had the lobster Thermidor and that was absolutely gorgeous. The staff are really attentive and the food is just great. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  12. MarchingonTogether

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    From the start, the glass of House champagne, through the immaculately presented oysters, to the dessert, everything was a delight.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The friendliest staff, the best service and the best food and drink in all of Yorkshire!! A wonderful experience every time.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening with delicious food. I had the steak and it was sensational. A must if you’re in the area!

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  15. Rusty

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit here was impressed would definitely come back again while staying in the area was busy for a week night which shows how good it is , staff were all excellent and meals arrived promptly. It’s Not cheap but you can pay for what you get and food/service was of good quality Neither of us had the room for 3 courses after we had starters/main , starters were quite expensive in comparison to rest of menu however they were large hence and very tasty , have to remember next time I go not to eat much that day . Smaller starter portion and price decrease to reflect that would be perfect for me but this is only knit picking and it’s not a major issue just need to remember probably wouldn’t manage 3 courses if I go for a starter Can’t wait to try again when back in the area

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  16. NickyJ

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly we can’t ever manage 3 courses and unfortunately mother’s day is a fixed price. It worked out nearly double what we normally pay. We did know this before we went but even the staff were very apologetic as they know we only have 2 courses when we go. Food and staff were amazing as always. We just won’t go when it’s a fixed menu in the future.

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  17. LizF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place for food and service. It's not a place for a cheap meal but oh my word the food is exquisite. Staff are so friendly and attentive. We will be going back.

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  18. TristanP

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from start to finish. Warm welcome, courteous, polite, helpful and entertaining staff. Food was sublime from start to finish. We had the set price lunch menu which was cracking value for money. Can’t fault anything, would highly recommend and return anytime. Great work to the whole team.

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  19. DamienN

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and good service, we would visit more often if we lived a bit closer

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  20. Marc

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time, the staff were great and laid on a birthday card and balloon for me. I smashed the giant fish supper in 17 mins to my prized t-shirt which I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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  21. KateK

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Best restaurant in Yorkshire

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  22. KevinA

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit in 6months whilst on holiday. Amazing food and service again. Hope to be back soon,thankyou.

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  23. GaryM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, as usual. Staff were lovely, food was great.

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  24. Jkec

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited the heifer to celebrate a special occasion. Greeting was nice with a gift and ballon . The food was nicely presented and tasted good , however the prices have increased quite a lot since our last visit. Whilst we appreciate all items such as food and staff costs have increased it seemed a little high . Overall a nice visit spent with family

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  25. Mrsroly

    Yorkshire

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic relaxing lunch with excellent food and service. Children’s menu was fantastic. Highly recommend the fish and chips

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Sunday lunch I have eaten in a long time and great value for money.

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  27. CherylT

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, lovely atmosphere and great food. Would definitely recommend

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  28. TeresaP

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Birthday Bash at Wensleydale Heifer: Where Every Detail Sparkles I recently had the pleasure of celebrating with my partner for his birthday at the Wensleydale Heifer, and from the moment I walked through the door, I knew it was going to be an extraordinary experience. The atmosphere was vibrant and welcoming, with birthday balloon, card and small gift waiting at our table, setting the stage for a memorable celebration. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, their warm smiles and friendly demeanor adding to the festive ambiance. One thing that truly impressed me about the Wensleydale Heifer was their commitment to accommodating dietary restrictions. As a coeliac, I often find it challenging to dine out, but almost every option on the menu was available gluten-free and this freedom to order was a breath of fresh air. They were willing to customize virtually any dish to suit my needs, ensuring that I could enjoy a delicious meal without worry. And enjoy it, I did! The food at the Wensleydale Heifer was nothing short of amazing. Each dish was crafted with care and attention to detail, and the quality of the ingredients shone through in every bite. From the succulent seafood to the perfectly cooked steaks, every dish was a testament to the chef's skill and expertise. In fact, I dare say it was the best restaurant experience I've ever had. The combination of delicious food, excellent service, and festive atmosphere made for a truly unforgettable evening. I left the Wensleydale Heifer feeling grateful and satisfied, already planning my next visit. If you're looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or simply indulge in some top-notch cuisine, look no further than the Wensleydale Heifer. I recommend it very highly and can't wait to return for another fantastic dining experience.

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  29. KimD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent quality food and presentation. Served by friendly, welcoming staff.

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  30. HazelB

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really lovely restaurant . Excellent service throughout and everything was delicious . We were offered canapés at the start which is such a lovely touch . We had a dog with us and sat in the snug which was actually very spacious . Great choice of dishes to suit all and a super range of drinks for all tastes and pockets . Couldn’t fault it we had a super time there .

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  31. Patchno111

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous lunch from our most favorite restaurant/hotel. The food, service and ambiance is 5+ plus, all of the staff our so profesional. A special mention to Reena who's super and Damian working on his birthday.

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  32. MelanieL

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just outstanding, we have been to the Heifer on multiple occasions and have never been disappointed. We celebrated two birthdays this time and had a lovely time. Sunday lunch was fantastic and the deserts unbelievable. The staff are all so lovely and welcoming. A wonderful place to either celebrate or have a nice romantic meal together.

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  33. DianeR

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My favourite restaurant in North Yorkshire. The food is always amazing and the staff welcoming and professional.

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  34. TheresaR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food, and polite and efficient staff. Couldnt fault it. I will save up then visit again. 😁

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing good as always. Great staff just lacking a little ambiance

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  36. DamienM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, even better service, very dog friendly, cosy surroundings - well worth treating yourselves by visiting!

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  37. BeverleyAnnie

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome by staff and table set with a birthday bloom and a small gift. Really nice surprise. The food was excellent and the staff were all very attentive and friendly, appearing when you needed them as if by magic. Couldn’t fault anything.

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  38. Dave

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality good tasting food and in my experience highly consistent.

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  39. Jackieg

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. I’m celiac but that was no problem at all, most of the dishes could be adapted to be gluten free with no detriment to the taste.

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  40. JayneS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service, a very enjoyable lunch

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The Wensleydale Heifer is rated 4.8 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for The Wensleydale Heifer

Yorkshire Dales National Park, West Witton, North Yorkshire DL8 4LS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    West Witton
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:15 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:15
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Seafood, Grill
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    David Moss
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine
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