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4.4 /6 Very Good 23 Reviews

Staveley Arms

North Stainley European, British £££ +100
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About Staveley Arms

There is nothing finer, particularly when you’re in North Yorkshire, than an English country pub, and The Staveley Arms – sat just north of Ripon in the wonderfully charming village of North Stainley – defines everything that British eating is about. Here you will find well-loved pub classics, refined, mastered and served in an environment that’s warm and inviting – we’re talking open fireplaces, exposed stone walls and dark leather armchairs. Food is served every day, with an exceptional carvery available on Wednesdays and Sundays and of course, some quality real ales. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a great country pub, and with North Stainley’s Staveley Arms – set on the main road going straight through town – neither should you. Reserve your table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
Staveley Arms, North Stainley, HG4 3HT North Stainley

Further Information

Nestled away between two of England’s most renowned national parks in what is, without question, one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Staveley Arms is a masterclass in British country pub cuisine. Recently reopened and extensively refurbished, the pub itself is an imposing stone building, impossible to miss on the southern extent of the main road through North Stainley, some miles north of Ripon. The rustic charm of the exterior continues inside: exposed beams and farming implements punctuate a varied series of bar and dining areas with a well-stocked bar taking centre stage. Yes, it’s clear from the time you enter that Staveley Arms is set to impress yet another generation of gastropub connoisseurs seeking out the best of British.

With a menu quickly becoming renowned throughout North Yorkshire, Staveley Arms sources the best and freshest ingredients from the area surrounding the village of North Stainley. Here are the usual suspects, done with a bit of something special: haddock goujons with hand-cut chips and mushy peas, Whitby scampi, gammon steak with pineapple relish, or homemade steak & ale pie. Need we say anymore? Ok, since reopening the menu has been broadened and now includes some fantastic Mediterranean and Italian-style dishes, such as wild mushroom tagliatelle, but needless to say the traditional carvery on Wednesdays and Sundays remains one of the restaurant’s most popular draws. The Staveley Arms really is the place to eat in North Stainley, so it’s no wonder diners flock from Ripon and even further afield. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

23 Reviews

4.4 /6 Very Good 23 Reviews
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 08:48

Perfect. Service above and beyond and food delicious. Staff went out of their way to help. Only issue is burger on kid's meal was poor for the price (compared to lovely fresh fish in other kids meal).

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 14:20

There was a warm and friendly welcome when we arrived. They brought menus and drinks very quickly to our table. There was no queuing for the carvery which was absolutely delicious. All the staff are lovely and we will definitely be going again.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 13:37

Food was great and the service faultless. Seating is not overcrowded and the ambience and decor make this an ideal venue for an intimate meal or family gathering.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 18:20

We had a very good meal. Food on the carvery was really fresh and delicious and there was plenty of it. Great value for money.

1 review so far 4
07.05.2017 17:02

Constructive critique as we really want this local place to us to succeed. We took our friends for Sunday Carvery. Plus points. Carvery was excellent and very good value for money. We love the laid back atmosphere and the general ambience of the place as we stayed drinking coffee and tea for an hour after our meal. Staff friendly. Negative. The toilets were grubby and smelly, The cubicle doors in the women's toilets were dirty and I mean dirty. If you are going to offer "Special Teas" on your menu, make sure your staff are aware that you DO serve special teas. Mixed Berries Cheesecake I would argue was out of a packet and consisted only of Strawberries. Service was a bit hit and miss. "I will come and get you in 5 minutes to take you through." Didn't happen. "I will be over to take your order in a few minutes." Didn't happen. In fact we had to ask again, "Just how do we get food." Comments may sound overly damning, they are not meant to be. Things just need tweaking. We are not food or restaurant snobs. We just want what is potentially a great place to be a GREAT PLACE. We will visit again. Just needs a greater degree of overall management.

1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 11:19

Really impressed with the whole experience of this pub. Seemed to have a good relaxed feel to the spot. Food was very good ( had the Sunday carvery) , meats (especially the Beef) were brilliant. My only point to pick up on was the parsnips ( of which I love ! ) were under cooked, to the point of being hard. Put that one down to a error from an individual than the Slaveley Arms . Will be going back.

1 review so far 3
23.02.2017 10:24

Booked for 4pm carvery with 4 adults and 2 children, had to wait c. 10 minutes to be seated because our table wasn't ready. Slow service with drinks etc although the section of the pub we were in wasn't busy, seemed there were only two young waiters trying to serve the whole pub. When we went to carvery some meat was gone completely and other vegetables not available. Food was ok but felt like the end of service when actually they serve until 7. Don't know if they were saving other food for later rush. Generally fine but I wouldn't rush back for what you got. £10.95 for adult carvery quite a lot I thought. Child meal for 6.95 plus free dessert much better value.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 15:54

Good menu choice. Had a lovely lunch on Monday. Didn't need to book as quite quiet on that day but good to know that you can now book a table. Couldn't book in the first months of opening which was the reason we hadn't been before. Will now book for dinner in the future.

1 review so far 5
23.01.2017 22:02

Lovely village pub with good quality tasty food at reasonable prices. Staff friendly and helpful, service excellent Would recommend a visit to the Staveley Arms

3 reviews so far 6
01.01.2017 18:05

Great ambience, great customer service and really good food - the turkey and ham were particularly succulent. All in all well worth a visit to eat.

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 16:28

Easy to book and good atmosphere. Meat could have been better for a top carvery and limited desserts today but excellent otherwise. Would recommend to others staying near Lightwater valley.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2017 21:37

Nice steak and the best chips 🍟 ever. Service was good and very friendly staff. Spoilt abit as wrong sweet was bought to us and had waited a while.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 09:58

Took Mum for Mother's Day lunch. Staff very polite & helpful. Plenty of choice at the carvery. Lovely location, dining rooms and beer garden. Will definitely visit again.

1 review so far 4
29.05.2017 07:25

There were not enough highchairs so we balanced the baby on our knee but food was 10/10. Very friendly staff, fast service! Even got a free bowl of ice cream for the baby!

1 review so far 5
11.06.2017 15:23

Staff were very pleasant and the food was very good. A good selection of beer. Pleasant atmosphere.Music could be turned down a little. Will go again.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2016 06:38

Staveley arms is a welcoming public house with first rate staff they have a very good menu at very reasonable prices well worth a visit.

1 review so far 3
10.07.2017 15:44

Slow service, and ok quality. Would use again if pushed, although would not recommend to family or friends. My wife and I eat out quite a lot, so have a reasonable handle on pub food quality.

1 review so far 4
14.05.2017 10:14

Good basic pub food. Quite for a Sat night therefore little atmosphere A a a a a a a a a a a a a

1 review so far 2
10.06.2017 07:51

Not the place we remembered. Having eaten her a few years ago we looked forward to dinner. Not bad but not good either, appeared as if the meals were prepared and frozen and then reheated. I may be mistaken but that was the level I would pit this at.

2 reviews so far 6
08.01.2017 10:33

Excellent food and atmosphere. The staff are superb. 101 out of 10.

1 review so far 1
15.04.2017 08:10

Over an hour wait for food when there was only 2 other tables in the main dining area. Even when it arrived it was lukewarm and low quality. Probably would have had a better meal from a Wetherspoons. The nice website menu and pictures and the reality are so very different!

1 review so far 1
02.04.2017 09:10

Waited an hour no food on enquiry staff argumentative and rude other tables complaining about there food and another table walked out also leaving one table with a couple on who were not happy with their food we walked out and will not be going back