The Oak Tree Inn | Pub in Yorkshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Oak Tree Inn - Pub in Yorkshire

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Raskelf Road Helperby, York, YO61 2PH, Yorkshire
England, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Richards
+44 (0)1423 789189(landline)

Wonderfully English with oak beams and an open fire, this warm village inn offers pub classics with local ingredients and a gourmet twist

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Helperby is a historic spot and this village pub is the jewel in its crown. The mellow brick exterior has scrubbed up nicely and on sunny days you can eat out on a big paved area at the back. Inside, the snug is complete with an open fire, oak floors and beams. Two bright and airy dining spaces, one by the rather sophisticated bar, strike a more clubby note: tartan check wool on wing chairs, ruby-red walls, dark elegant tables. An impressive line of brews beckon, including Theakstons, so enjoy a pint by the fire while you choose your food. Souped-up pub classics are chalked on boards: home-cured salmon with capers, shallots and lemon dressing perhaps, followed by local venison with sautéed wild mushrooms and red wine sauce. The Oak Tree is a pleasure to drop by after a visit to nearby Thirsk, Knaresborough or York.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Elizabeth Richards:

Local points of interest from
Elizabeth Richards:

  • Cathedral City of Ripon
  • Close to theme park Lightwater Valley
  • This is a beautiful area with so much to offer no matter what your interests… culture, history, archaeology, national trust properties, racing, fishing, walking and the famous world of James Herriot…
  • Helperby is beautiful, oozing character and a stroll around the village is a fantastic way to make space for the next meal!
  • The Oak Tree is also within easy access of many wonderful walks….including a number along the rivers Ure and Swale and along the old railway line in the village itself.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Lovely local food, cheery staff and good rooms with very comfortable beds and surprising decor- such as chandeliers made of wine glasses! Menus are varied and change seasonally, and there's a nice terrace that catches the rays to enjoy a wine on. Lots to do nearby and walks from the door."

Zoe - Sawday's inspector, United Kingdom

June 2019

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Lunch and early evening from £7. Sunday lunch 2 courses £17.95, 3 courses £20.95.


Open all day (from 8am).


Raskelf Road Helperby, York, YO61 2PH, Yorkshire


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