The Skipton Press Guide To… The Three Top-Rated Restaurants In Skipton


Food is a big part of The Skipton Press.  In fact, we have an entire section of the site dedicated to it here.  That’s why it’s with mouthwatering pleasure that we bring you the second instalment of our “Three Top Restaurants In Skipton.”  If you missed the first, click here to read it.

The restaurants found in this round-up are the top-rated in Skipton according to the world’s leading travel review website, TripAdvisor.  Once you read about the passionate folks behind them and the attention to detail that they put into their food, its easy to see why they’re so unanimously loved!

A supermarket with a passion for local, high quality ingredients; an 18th century Arms; and a traditional French restaurant with a contemporary twist.  They’re about as eclectic as they come!

So without further ado, here are the three top restaurants in Skipton!


The Tempest Arms Restaurant

Bar, British, Pub
Ranking on Trip Advisor – 3rd

Tempest Food

The Tempest has been serving great food for many years!

The present owners are Martin and Veronica, who’ve been running the restaurant for twenty years on behalf of the individual Inns group.  In 2011, The Tempest Arms won the coveted Good Pubs Guide UK Inn of the year!

The menu centres around traditional pub food but with a twist thrown in here and there.  Their portions are generous and they try and use locally sourced ingredients wherever they can.

With a great reputation and popular dishes such as “lamb thingy-me-bob”, slow-cooked belly pork, Stilton mushrooms, seafood pancakes and many more, The Tempest ticks all the boxes!

And with roaring log fires and cosy corners to make your own, it’s an ideal stopping point for locals far and wide.


User Review –

“We were only staying in Yorkshire for two nights (business trip) and this place was recommended to us by the receptionist at our hotel (she was a local, so always a good start).

Welcome – Brilliant; Service – Excellent; General ‘Feel’ and Ambience – Superb; Price – Amazing; Food – Oh My God!

My wife had the roast, which was massive, with a huge Yorkshire pud, which was perfect. I had the Elslack plough with baked pork pie, homemade Scotch egg, rare roast beef, home-roast ham, Lancashire cheese, chutney, pickled onions, mixed salad and chunks of crusty breads and butter, then I had the pudding.

10/10, enough said – 5 stars”

Visited October 2016


Keelham Farm Shop

Café , British, Local

Ranking on Trip Advisor – 2nd

Keelham Farm Shop

Well, where do you start when it comes to describing Keelham Farm Shop?  It’s a unique place with a real sense of community at its heart.  Naturally, we love it!  The shop and the residing restaurant are the brainchild of siblings Victoria and James Robertshaw, who took inspiration from their family’s rich heritage of butchery and farming and have created a unique experience for locals and visitors alike.

Despite being just over a year old, they’ve grown fantastic relationships with local growers and merchants.  They stock the produce and meat of over 400 local suppliers, whilst actively keeping waste to a minimum. If all businesses had the same values as The Keelham Farm shop the world would undoubtedly be a much healthier, caring and well-fed place!

The restaurant puts local produce at the centre of all its dishes, and all the ingredients can be bought in the shop.  It serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon meals, showing off its abundance of beautifully fresh food.  It simply is a must-visit!

User Review

“After friends recommended Keelham’s we arranged to meet our daughter for brunch.  We arrived after 11.30 (we’re not early risers!) so waited until 12.00 for the lunch menu.  The food was great, all sourced locally – great sausages and pies!  The smoked haddock with asparagus was delicious!  Then we spent about an hour in the shop – amazing fruit ‘n’ veg and local produce, including meats, bread and beers!  There is a particularly impressive grains and rice dispenser in the middle of the shop.  Did I mention the tractor display?  You must visit if you are in the Skipton area! – 5 Stars”

Visited October 2016


Le Bistro des Amis

French, European

Ranking on Trip Advisor – 1st

Le Bistro Des Amis

Opened in 2010, Le Bistro des Amis was brought to Skipton by French-born chef Luc Dagazon.  Dagazon has an impressive CV, including a stint at the award-winning Salvo’s in Leeds.  As the highest-rated restaurant in Skipton it truly is not to be missed.

Bistro caters for all, with coffee and pastries in the morning, a great lunchtime menu that goes into an early evening Menu Du Jour, or a three-course evening meal.  As well as an extensive menu suitable for a romantic or group booking, there is a Les Petits Amis menu for children, making Bistro a restaurant for all the family.

Like the other two on the list, Bistro champions locally sourced ingredients.  The food is delicious, the atmosphere friendly and the staff very attentive.  If you’ve not visited Le Bistro des Amis then be sure to book a table soon!


User Review

“On visiting Skipton this Restaurant was recommended to us by local residents and they certainly didn’t let me down.  The setting and décor were perfect for a evening meal, the service very good and the food superb.  With an extensive wine list and generous portions it all combined for a memorable evening – 5 Stars”

Visited October 2016