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.
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.
The service was good, the food excellent and the restaurant was bright and cheerful. I would definitely go again and hope to take some friends there next week. A great experience.
Good carvery. Pleasant staff. Enjoyable experience. All in all a positive visit. We will look forward to a return trip when we get the opportunity.
Excellent food, lovely staff and gorgeous pub. The Sunday lunch is a carvery but is far better than any carvery I have been to. Great selection of meat and you can have a bit of each and lots of variety in veg. We will be back 😀
Friendly and welcoming pub. Good menu with lots of choice. Excellent food. We ate in bar as were eating early but good sized restaurant area too.
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.
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.
Lovely meal & a great selection of carvery meats & vegetables. Could do with restocking veg & sauces quicker as supplies were running low, but this wouldn't put me off going back. Needs more info on menu as to what's included in small & large carvery options & whether you can return for more vegetables, as some carverys allow. Staff were friendly & pleasant. Nice decor & relaxed feel. We were allowed to take our time & never felt rushed.
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.
First class Sunday lunch carvery, can either have a normal size portion or a smaller one. All food is cooked to a high standard. Would definitely visit again when in the area. Only down side was when we went to pay were told that waitress would bring over the bill, after waiting quite a time, went again to pay and was told the same thing, but bill came straight away.
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.