The Wensleydale Heifer

(573 Reviews)
Main Street,, West Witton, North Yorkshire, DL8 4LS
British, European


Main course: £22
Food spend: £40

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30

Restaurant description

A rustic retreat amidst the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Wensleydale Heifer Leyburn serves seasonal British food that has earned it a place in the Good Food Guide. Serving a dedicated lobster menu, and winner of AA Seafood Pub of the Year, the restaurant specialises in using carefully sourced British produce to create simple but exquisitely presented dishes.

Prepared by a team of chefs who have worked in several different countries, the weekly changing menu is diverse, and is led by supreme seafood from the British Isles. From the grill, try the signature malt whisky and brown sugar marinated beef fillet, celeriac and truffle purée, and a choice of sauces including aged Roquefort and muscat cream. The seafood dishes are every bit as exciting, and include banana leaf-baked Scottish salmon, with crab and Thai peanut curry sauce. The Heifer’s Canadian lobster salad is enough to satisfy the hungriest of diners, featuring lobster, scallops, tiger prawns, crispy belly pork, smoked bacon, and a sweet maple syrup dressing. As well as a vegetarian menu, a range of dishes have been designed for gluten-free diners, including the Heifer’s famous fish and chips.

As well as a children’s menu, vegetarian and vegan menu, and a hearty Sunday lunch, The Wensleydale Heifer West Witton boasts a lengthy list of world wines and creative cocktails. The snug and bar offer the opportunity to enjoy a hand-picked whisky or local ale from the comfort of a cosy fireside chair, whilst the restaurant garden is open for al fresco dining in warmer weather.

Surrounded by stunning scenery, The Wensleydale Heifer in North Yorkshire sits between the idyllic towns of Leyburn and Hawes.

Customer reviews for The Wensleydale Heifer
(based on 573 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (43)
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  • breakfast (63)
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  • child friendly (79)
  • dinner (442)
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  • large parties (69)
  • lunch (294)
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  • By Amanda Priestley O from Leyburn
    19 February 2020

    Had a treat and stayed at the heffer with a meal in the restaurant . What a fabulous meal. The food was top class. Absolutely perfect. The service was perfect. We will definitely be back.

  • By James B from Biggleswade
    17 February 2020

    We have dined at the Wensleydale Heifer several times and have never been disappointed. The staff are lovely and the food is superb..... it's our favourite restaurant.

  • By Rory W from Catterick
    16 February 2020

    Food is excellent

  • By Sir Rodney W from Wakefield
    14 February 2020


  • By David T from Leeds
    7 February 2020

    Really enjoyable, fantastic food and service

  • By Neil G from Hutton Buscel
    2 February 2020

    All perfect! The reception we had was friendly and efficient, and we were shown to our table very quickly where we were offered pre-lunch drinks and provided with chilled water. As always, the food was exquisite, from the amuse bouche and starter, through a wonderful main course with a vast range of delicious vegetables, to the most gorgeous pudding!

  • By Julia P from Melton Mowbray
    19 January 2020

    This was our first visit. I travelled from Melton Mowbray (180 miles) and my partner travelled from Cockermouth (80 miles) I lost that one! Anyway, we arrived early, went for a walk and returned in time for our table at 1.45pm. When we first arrived there were seats available and we had a quiet five minutes. All was good. When we returned the lounge area proved to be far too small to comfortably accommodate all the guests. The first dinning table we were offered was in the corridor - so not idea. We were offered a second, much more acceptable table. The dinning room was incredibly busy with several large groups celebrating birthdays etc. The starter arrived. The Prawn Cocktail was listed as a 'classic '70s' dish. I recall this classic being served in a glass, with chopped lettuce, cucumber celery and toped with shelled prawns, a whole prawn wedge of lemon on the side of the glass and often sprinkled with paprika and offed with sliced brown bread and butter. The dish that was served was a cereal bowl with some lettuce and spooned over with prawns in a thick and rather bland sauce. Not at all presented in the 'classic' manner. The Goats chees croquets - was in fact one mass of goats cheese rolled and fried in crumbs. The whole tasting experience was limited in texture and contrast. Eating what felt like a mouthful of just goats chees was unpleasant. Several (maybe three) much smaller portions of the croquets would have been infinitely preferable and offered greater contrast of texture and been less overwhelming. Less is often more. The main course, we both had beef was an offering of mixed delights. The beef was excellent - compliments to the farmer and the butcher. The Yorkshires were also excellent. Then came the vegetables. The mashed potato was what can only be described as 'dolloped' into the serving tin. The roasted veg were well cooked and proved to be a pleasant mixture of colour and tastes. see below as run out of characters

  • By Michael B from Elloughton
    18 January 2020

    First of 2020 but have been numerous times before and it was as good as ever! Service was excellent and food amazing. Love this place!

  • By Allan P from Derby
    11 January 2020

    The most fantastic place! Wow to the food! Excellent service! Great wine!

  • By Dan T from Richmond
    5 January 2020

    Absolutely love this restaurant. Superb food, service, and very reasonably priced. I'd travel double the 45 minute journey it takes to get there. It's so worth it.

Restaurant Location Map
The Wensleydale Heifer
Main Street,, West Witton, North Yorkshire, DL8 4LS

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