The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

4.5
728 reviews
£25 and under
British
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.

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 728 People Are Saying
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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carolines
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and service. Would go again and recommend.

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ChristopherS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Accommodated our party of 10 at short notice. Very good value and prompt friendly service.

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Tara
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, we'll definitely come again 😊

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MikeH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb surroundings, all staff friendly and off great service with no hassle. Food excellent 👌

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect ,lovely meal and fantastic service all round

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RosalynE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable, will be going again. Would definitely recommend the Drovers.

MM
MightyMini
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Excellent food but really poor service. Waited 30 minutes to order drinks… starters came before drinks… second drinks order never arrived and was forgotten… waited 20 minutes after asking to order desserts for someone to come and take the order. Disappointing.

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Clairebunny
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting... food was great.... friendly, polite, happy and welcoming service.... thoroughly enjoyed and will be back...

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DavidB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great meal and lovely country pub ! Would definitely visit again.

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RebeccaT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eating out has changed, The Drovers have adapted and made a safe and welcoming space to eat outside, innovative eating huts and larger tables under a teepee, a lovely atmosphere, delicious food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night, fab food great value

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BethF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

We regularly go to the Drovers, but recently the food, seems to have dropped off a bit

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely country pub where the staff are super attentive and the food is delicious. We booked one of the outdoor 'pods' and it was perfect for our family of 4. I hope beyond the pandemic these units are still available as it's great to be outside without the worry of the weather. The food was excellent and I can particularly recommend the crispy chilli beef. Delicious! I understand there will be some changes to the menu soon. I would recommend keeping this on the menu. It's better than any Chinese crispy chilli beef I've eaten as the crispy comes from the fact that the beef it like burnt ends so no tempura batter just chewy, crispy chilli soaked beef. My mouth is watering as I type!

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KeithW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quiet when we visited. Staff attentive. Food excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quick, tasty food, generous portions and friendly staff. Outdoor seating area is beautiful and has been done to a really high standard

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DENNISH
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a very good experience at the Drover's Arms.

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AndrewB
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food at good prices. Excellent roast pork for lunch. My only criticism would be that the roast potatoes could have been slightly crisper. Pudding was very good. Would go again for sure

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JudithN
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was lovely, soft drinks were quite expensive and service was quite slow.

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AliceT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was what you'd expect from a country pub with this reputation. Delicious and plenty of it. It has a lovely setting and the atmostphere was nice on a sunny evening. The staff were brilliant despite it being fairly busy. It was lovely sitting out under the tipi at the back as it was too hot to be indoors, but the gravel was very noisy and we were quite uncomfortable towards the end having sat on a picnic bench for a few hours. The booking said we had the table for an hour and a half, there was no way we'd have been served and eaten in that time, it was more like two and a half hours from arrival to leaving with 2 courses.

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HeatherH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting matched by good food.
Recommend for a relaxing time

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AndrewF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the food (especially sharing platter starter!) and good service. Will definitely go again.

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KateP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good atmosphere, good food, friendly staff and good value.

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Fiona
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't been here for ages. Their outside space is FABULOUS. Great food and service. It gets busy so recommend you book. The crayfish cocktail was superb. Overloaded with fish and chips for main. Probably over ordered but the fish was lovely. Nice light batter. Highly recommended. In beautiful Skipwith village. Thank you. We shall return 😌

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SammyB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and fantastic service
Will definitely be back!

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Portway
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

As it was a nice day so many people were sitting outside. It was our choice to eat in.

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Sunshinejack
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately my meal wasn’t very appealing but they were happy to change it to a better option. Like most places the Sunday menu isn’t the same as other days which is a shame because I preferred the options on the other days.

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Nlmc
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Very very busy early Sunday lunch, which severely affected service. So busy, two of the sames meals had different food items and had to ask more than once for drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We have dined at the Drovers arms several times and have always been complementary and had good experiences. Today was very disappointing, we were sat at our table which we had booked given our menus then from there our experience went down hill. We received our drinks but tables around us who arrived after us had their food order taken before us which was annoying but we always make exceptions during what seem like busy time. The staff didn't seem to know what they were doing I received the wrong main and although it was rectified quickly we were ignored we asked three times for more drinks which arrived as our main had finished. Our plates were taken and we were asked if we would like a dessert we answered yes as we knew what we would like and were told "I will take these and come back" he came back over 20 minutes later to which we had had enough asked for the bill again on the third time we had the bill brought to us. A really disappointing experience.

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Andy46
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately the meal did not live up to expectations, disappointing as we had been looking forward to the meal due to previous customers recommendations.

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very limited menu esp for a Friday,food ok but nothing special,price expensive,been for Sunday lunch which is very good so alittle dissapointed off normal menu.

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JackieE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Booked one of the huts. Great food, attentive service. Fab place to catch up with friends.

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GrahamK
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Drovers Arms was recommended to us by the owners of our holiday accommodation and we were not disappointed, from the welcome we received to the service, food and ambience we could not fault it. Well done to the whole team at The Drovers Arms.

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MaureenS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Lovely menu but could do with smaller portions on menu. Service a bit slow but put this down to covid restrictions. The staff were lovely and very helpful.
We will definitely go again. The outside area is very well done.

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Unimpressedc
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

My husband and I dined here end of April and it was super. We suggested to meet friends here and the food was poor - my friend had steak which was tough and has obviously been frozen. I had a burger which was cremated - as was my husband's - and the bun had looked as if it had been frozen as it was crumbly and the food was tasteless

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NigelC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great location in Skipwith village, in good weather various walks nearby. Food very good quality, and as a Coeliac there was a reasonable choice, and some other meals could, I was told, have been adapted. My wife found her "herby" meal very spicy and on mentioning that, it was changed without question. Worth bearing in mind as there are a number of spicier chouices. We will go again

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PhillippaT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

I have been to the Drovers Arms many times before Covid. The cost of the food is high but was worth it for high quality tasty food. However, that was not the case yesterday. The cost of the food is still high but the food was incredibly disappointing. The meat was tough, the potatoes were so hard they were impossible to cut and chew and were obviously reheated and the selection of vegetables was poor. The creme brûlée was also disappointing. The man taking the food order was abrupt and curt to a point of almost rude. The Drovers Arms was considered my luxury treat as I knew it would be an enjoyable meal but after yesterday I will not be rushing back as the food I received was not even worth half the value I paid for it. Very disappointing.

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MightyMini
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxing dining experience in the teepee outside. Delicious roast dinner. Highly recommended.

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Anthony
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Covid restrictions have improved the indoor dining experience, with not so many people packed in on top of each other.
Service was quick and food was satisfactory but children aren’t catered for particularly well. Children’s portions are not different to adults size. Same size pre-heated plates.

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AmiR
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As I have just moved to the village and my partner has grown up around here we had not had the chance to visit the drovers, however with restrictions lifted a little we decided to book this as a treat for my mum aswell that had just turned 40, I must say I was really impressed with the staff and food was delicious, quick service and with it being my mums birthday they ever brought a brownie with a candle of for her, just managed to make it that little bit extra special, so would like to thank the staff that served us, will definitely be back again and would recommend to friends and family.

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PaulW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dog friendly pub. Always a warm welcome and good food

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 4.5 stars by 728 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.