Review on Blue Lion

Built as a shooting lodge in 1840, this gentrified honey-stone inn has been in cracking form since current owner Paul Klein came on the scene during the 1990s. The main bar is immediately welcoming with its untarnished décor, flagstone floors, oak settles and splendid open fireplace, and there's a romantic candlelit restaurant for those who fancy something rather more genteel.

The kitchen goes about its business with serious intent and visitors can choose from the daily blackboard menu or the printed carte. Among the first courses you might find ham hock terrine with split pea purée or Blue Wensleydale and onion tart with tomato chutney. Main also offer plenty of variety, from beef and onion suet pudding with onion gravy to braised masala mutton with cumin sweet potato mash or roast cod with chorizo and sauté potatoes. Desserts tease the palate with - say pineapple tarte Tatin and pineapple sorbet or iced liquorice terrine, and the impressive 100-bin wine list offers a fine selection by the glass.

Blue Lion is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Gastro pub / Modern British


John Dalby

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Blue Lion

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 70 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (12 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Blue Lion
East Witton
North Yorkshire

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