The Blue Lion

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Address: East Witton, Nr. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4SN

Phone: +44 01969 624273


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Surrounded by the splendour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and nestled in the heart of iconic Wensleydale, the historic 18th century Blue Lion Inn encapsulates the finest aspects of traditional rural England.

Step across the original cobbled driveway, enter the Inn and relax in its homely surroundings.  Think country inn, flag-stoned floors, sturdy tables and open log fires, all creating a cosy, rural retreat full of character, intimacy and charm in one of North Yorkshire’s most iconic pubs.  There is a range of hand-pulled local ales, together with a mouth-watering array of imaginative, country-style based meals.

The Blue Lion’s bar is highly popular but if a sophisticated candlelit formal restaurant is more your thing, the Blue Lion’s has been described as ‘One of the most romantic restaurants in the whole of England’.  With its mix of traditional wooden furniture, classically decorated picture-clad walls and splendid wine list, the restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in a delicious meal.  Thanks to the Inn’s amazing chef and owner Paul’s incredible knowledge of the wine list, you will have a truly enjoyable dining experience.

After a long and relaxing dinner, it is but a few short steps to the Blue Lion’s individually styled bedrooms.  The rooms are split between the main house and the converted stables, which once housed the horses for travelling traders through Wensleydale.  Some of the rooms have exposed beams and all have either an en-suite bathroom or shower room, in-room tea and coffee facilities and are decorated with comfortable country furnishings for a “get away from it all” relaxing stay.

If a shorter visit is more for you then unwind with a newspaper from the traditional hangers by the door together with a sumptuous meal from the chalked-up menu boards.

The Blue Lion is dog-friendly and welcomes walkers with boots, cyclists (with secure lock-up), shooting parties, fly-fishing, business meetings, intimate weddings and all sorts of private functions.  All you need to do is ask and they will do their very best to meet your request.

Finally, The Blue Lion Inn has great credentials; it’s a family owned inn, run by Paul and Helen Klein for over twenty-five years and having been featured by The Times in ‘Six of the Best Pubs with Accommodation’, voted the Good Pub Guide’s Inn of the Year 2014 and awarded Dining Pub of the Year on three occasions. Out of hundreds of potential competitors, a shortlist of Top Ten Inns saw the Blue Lion Inn stand out from the rest, to be deemed the crowning jewel of the UK’s Inns. This is a must visit.

They have some super seasonal offers and packages available, please click the link to their website to discover more.  As the Blue Lion is a popular destination, particularly at weekends, its recommended that you call them to make your table bookings.


  • On-Site Parking
  • Wi-fi
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly

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