The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.6
482 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Sunday Lunch
Great food, fine ales, friendly atmosphere – what more could you want from a Restaurant & country pub?

The Drovers Arms, set in the tiny, picturesque village of Skipwith only ten miles south of York, is one of the area’s main destination inns.

The delicious home-made food is locally sourced and reflects the changing seasons, mirroring the wonderful walks to be found through Skipwith Common, right on its doorstep.

Business Owner Graham Usher who has over 20 years’ experience in some of Yorkshire’s best hotels, are justifiably proud of The Drovers Arms.

The Drovers Arms was named one of Yorkshire’s top 30 pubs 2014 to 2019 by Welcome to Yorkshire and is a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner 2014 for 4 years running. More recently awarded winner of the Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year 2020 and Visit York Tourism Award 2020 Pub of the Year.

“We are determined to offer our customers authentic ale served by friendly bar staff, coupled with amazing food.

Support The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub during COVID-19

Experiences

  • The Huts

    Apr 14 - Sep 30, 2021

    Join us for a fantastic & unique private dining experience in our brand-new huts. Our huts can seat between 2 – 8 people & can offer some great views off the countryside. Each hut comes with their own table top heater, blankets, lighting & free Wi-Fi so come rain or shine you can continue to enjoy your meal or drinks in comfort. Contactless table ordering is available in all our huts using our free Wi-Fi & QR codes & each shed is thoroughly sanitised between uses. On booking the huts you will be allocated a set amount of time dependent on your party size this will give ample time to enjoy your meal & drinks. Rules around party sizes & household mixing must be adhered to & contact details will be taken for track & trace purposes.
  • The Tipi

    Apr 14 - Sep 30, 2021

    New for this year is our amazing tipi area offering a great covered space for that long-awaited meal or drink with friends, something that we have all missed so much. The Tipi covers a large area and offers great protection from the great British summer, Rain! It also has heaters & blankets dotted throughout if things turn chilly. Tables are bookable in various sizes & are allocated an amount of time depending on your party size. This will give ample time to enjoy your meal & drinks. Contactless table ordering is available in the tipi using our free Wi-Fi & QR codes & each table is thoroughly sanitised between uses. Rules around party sizes & household mixing must be adhered to & contact details will be taken for track & trace purposes.
  • The Garden

    Apr 14 - Sep 30, 2021

    Our Garden offers some great views of the beautiful countryside & Skipwith common beyond. It is a great place to site enjoy the sun over a drink or lovely meal. Tables seat up to 6 people and we have 1 large table that can seat up to 18. Tables come with a parasol but are open to the elements. We cannot grantee we will be able to move you if the weather suddenly changes. Contactless table ordering is available in the garden using our free Wi-Fi and QR codes and each table is thoroughly sanitised between uses. Rules around party sizes and household mixing must be adhered to and contact details will be taken for track & trace purposes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 482 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kareno
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent experience.Varied choices on menu, something for everyone.

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MichaelP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

All was excellent part from been given the wrong bill and the manager insisting it was ours, the bill was for 5 meals, there was just 3 of us. The manager sending the waitress to say it was right in stead of coming himself, the waitress immediately realised it was wrong as she had served us. Poor management, hopefully this comment will help improve things.

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was fabulous nicest beef I’ve had in a long time. The selection of vegs were excellent too .
The only downsize I thought drinks a bit on the expensive side
£27 for prosecco !!!!

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NachoO
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meals, best sunday roasts ever, backed up by the ever so friendly staff coupled with excellent service, including our puppy, Nacho, who loves the Drovers staff

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DuncanC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In these Covid times, it is wonderful to have a local pub with a fantastic menu, friendly staff, even Adam.
My wife took the haddock and chips and it was "melt in your mouth" great.
My Drover's burger was cooked to perfection.
The Drovers is no longer a hidden gem, and let's hope it remains in Tier 2 (or lower) for a while longer.

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EllieM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love eating here. Thanks for a lovely Christmas Eve meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Eve meal. Fabulous food and fantastic service.

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NicolaC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely homely pub with very friendly staff. Was fairly quiet when we went but that is to be expected in the current ever changing climate. The food was really nice and the price matched the quality.
This is our second visit here in the last couple of months because we are able to take our pup with us, the staff are lovely with him - brought him water, a couple of biscuits as a treat and made him feel very welcome.

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Sarah43
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t fault this place in anyway the best of food and fantastic service very friendly staff and very helpful would definitely recommend this restaurant

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AlisonC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely gem. Friendly staff, very good food. Good selection of wines/ gin and beers.
Excellent measures in place to protect us all.

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MarcinR
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant experience fresh food quality service I really enjoyed with my meal , nice and warm , clean really quick service

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PatriciaK
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was very good, unfortunately the drinks are quite expensive!

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SteveL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent lunch with great service. Highly recommended.

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LouiseP
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food great as always. Brought the wrong wine but didn’t matter. Looked lovely and Christmassy. Well done in this environment it’s so tough. You guys have done an amazing job in lockdown. Well done.

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MicheleD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

V good meal good safe service will definitely go again.

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NigelH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely scrumptious food, perfectly cooked as always. Lovely, helpful and attentive staff. Would happily recommend to anyone!

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DarrenL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food as ever, empty plates standard... sorry unsure about the track & trace element of our visit not noticeable..., but will come again

Daz

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AlanD
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I went here for dinner on a Thursday. Cannot wait to go back. Food was great.

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JoyH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service, loved it all, not rushed lovely atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yet another excellent trip to the Drovers. The food is always excellent (burgers especially), the staff are so friendly and the pub itself is a cracking wee place. When it's cold and the log fire is burning, nowhere better to be.

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MarkG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great service and really enjoyed the place.

JC
JadeC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food as always, really good/fast service. Lovely atmosphere

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Kazoo12
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All the food we had was delicious and well presented

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Maddief
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere. The Christmas sunday lunch menu was delicious, and I would highly recommend

JS
JaneS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A very welcoming place to dine at this festive season. The menu is perfect for the time of year too. We both had Christmas dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was nicely cooked and served hot. The waiting staff were very attentive and kept returning to us to ask if we were ok. Will definitely be back

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Diggle
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal in lovely setting. Staff reserved us table in quieter area which was perfect as we had dogs with us. Staff were attentive and also brought water for the dogs. Food was delicious.

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JaneE
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday which I wanted to share with my son and his partner, but because of covid rules we were unable to book a table for 4. The Drovers accommodated us by setting two tables that were close enough for us to share the experience, but which kept to the social distancing rules.

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JudithS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always The Drovers served up a lovely lunch. Friendly staff, delicious food.
Only observation, a wider choice of non meat options would make it even better. All the veggie options are lovely but as we go regularly it would be nice to have a bit more choice.

MC
MargaretC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This pub is very good indeed offering excellent cuisine and value for money. It was very busy on Sunday as people took the opportunity to have their last Sunday lunch out for the foreseeable future. It is always a pleasure to go there and is highly recommended.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here twice and hope to return again and again. The best 'nut roast' Sunday Lunch I have ever had.

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Danny
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Visit very regularly and this pub is always consistently very good. Very friendly and efficient staff.

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SueM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I had the stew with dumplings, the meat was tender but it felt like it had just been warmed up and not at all fresh was not very tasty and the dumpling were like dry scones the side of seasonal vegetables was quite mundane.

The burger a chips my partner had was not very good either.

Expensive for what we had, won’t go back in a hurry. Plenty more pubs can have our custom.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

CL
CarolL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

It was very welcoming atmosphere, everything was correct for the social distances and hand sanitizer.the food was excellent and could not be faulted in anyway (as always).I would go again and recommend it

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AlbertM
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Strict adherence to Covid 19 regs. Extensive a la carte and specials menu. Food very well presented and cooked sublimely. High end prices. It came recommended and we would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent lunch.
Hot beef sandwiches with gravy. 5⭐

JD
JennaD
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, would definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took some friends for Sunday lunch, the food was excellent especially the roast beef served pink 👌

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MichelleH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love place to visit. Nice cosy atmosphere. Food was lovely and the staff pleasant.

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NachoO
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb lunch, again! Excellent staff, very friendly towards our young dog
Only issue. The on-line booking through open table has not been received by Drovers. Fortunately there was room

FAQs

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01757 288088.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub is rated 4.6 stars by 482 OpenTable diners.

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://droversarms.giftey.co.uk/vouchers/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.