Lunch at The Craven Arms, Giggleswick, Settle

The Craven Arms, Giggleswick (formerly The Old Station) on the outskirts of Settle opened just before Christmas and I would guess has been under a cover of snow ever since!  Adrian Proctor, local Organic farmer from nearby Rathmell has refurbished the property and teamed up with his partner Ann and Sister Deb to create a real local foodie pub cum restaurant.

Chef and local boy Richard Wright under the guidance of Stephanie Moon has created a fantastic seasonal menu of local produce including Adrian’s own Pork & Beef from his Organic farm in nearby Rathmell, Adrian farms Saddleback Duroc cross pigs and Shorthorn & Red Poll cattle, images of which you can see adorning the interior walls of the Craven Arms.

The menu gives the option to sample a lot of the dishes in smaller portions which is great at Lunchtimes or when you want to try a selection of the great dishes.  Our party of 3 tried a combination of starters and the “smaller appetite” dishes including melt in the mouth Pork belly with chestnut & apple, tasty Haddock fishcake with wilted spinach and fantastic homemade tartar sauce, Mushroom & spinach pancake with a Yorkshire Blue cream sauce (you can ask for the sauce without the Yorkshire Blue if you prefer), a very rich Game hotpot with sage (similar to the dish Richard & Stephanie demonstrated at Take 3 Chefs), real Pork Sausages with bubble & squeak and an excellent crusty Steak pudding & mash, to finish just 1 dessert was tried (it was lunchtime!) the Festive crème brulée poached pear and shortbread which was delicious.  All dishes are homemade, prepared to order  and very tasty.  Total bill for 3 including drinks was £50.

Other dishes on the menu but not tried included Fish pie, 8oz Sirloin or Rump steak, Organic roast turkey, Pumpkin & sage cheesecake, Local rabbit, black pudding and walnut salad with honey dressing, homemade burgers, Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and ice cream and a selection of lighter lunchtime offerings such as home cured salt beef & piccalilli sandwich or potted shrimp sandwich on toasted rye.  As the menu is seasonal some choices will be changing during January 2010.

The Beer – we tried the Copper Dragon Golden Pippin a 3.9% abv blonde ale which was in good order and served in Copper Dragon Glasses, Black Sheep & Tetley’s were also on offer.

The Craven Arms is a great addition to the Yorkshire Dales food scene and well worth a visit.

The Craven Arms, Brackenber Lane, Giggleswick, Settle, BD24 0EA Tel 01729 825627


About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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4 Responses to Lunch at The Craven Arms, Giggleswick, Settle

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  2. James B says:

    I have to say I love a pub that serves Black Sheep. One of my first indulgences whenever I go up to Yorkshire. The food looks likes its all very comforting and warming.


  3. Karen says:

    I went the other lunch time, thought it was a lovely place,very friendly and reasonably priced. Going to recommend it to our guests.


  4. TIW says:

    Nice to see this pub back on its feet. It’s been through some lean times.


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