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Friars Head

€€ - €€€, British,
Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
+44 1677 450201
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good16%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“venison” (6 reviews)
“pasta” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This lovely place was recommend to us from the owners of our accommodation and we were not disappointed. A roaring fire greeted us along with friend staff. The food was delicious! Would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area and to locals!

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant staff. Food was absolutely delicious. The pub and restaurant areas had a warm and cosy feel. Really enjoyed the meal and will definitely visit again.

Thank Mick P
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Really nice food service was fast My girl had scollops and I had mushroom starter both presented well and were very tasty highly recommend you try them... Main course we both had fillet steak both were very tasty and came with everything My only niggle...More

Thank Peter4116
The_Friars_Head, Manager at Friars Head, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Good Morning and Happy New Year! Many thanks for taking the time to submit your recent review of The Friars Head. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal, and that the food and service was as you'd expected it to be. We've noted your...More

Reviewed 13 December 2017

It's many, many years since last visiting The Friars Head, for no real reason. But, as a family birthday meal, we decided on this venue. It has changed from how we remember it, with a larger separate dining area. It has been very nicely done,...More

Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Best Christmas meal I have had in a long time - the turkey was so gorgeous & the veg cooked to perfection. Well done

Thank O5679TBpatriciah
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

We chanced upon the Friar’s Head after thinking the website looked good! We were shown to the beautiful conservatory decked out with greenery and fairy lights and nothing was too much trouble for the friendly staff. All the food was magnificent. My husband had the...More

Thank Q4009VNjulieb
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Despite being a Sunday evening this place didn’t let us down. It has character, charm and great food. It had great ambience and we were given the opportunity to eat either in the restaurant or the bar. We chose the restaurant which a new extension...More

Thank kwehlule
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Service could not be bettered anywhere, we arrived with our four legged friend and instead of turning us away because there was no space left in the dog friendly area, they went against policy and let us eat in the bar area. Then because we...More

Thank noelbirks
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful food and very friendly staff see you again very soon 😀 They are very accommodating when we have just arrived and asked to eat with out booking

Thank Gemma S
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Visited for a birthday celebration with a party of 40. The service was attentive and the lamb cooked to perfection. Blue cheese crouquetts were incredibly tasty. The speed of service for a large group was excellent and attentive. A minor improvement could be waiter service...More

Thank David S
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7 March 2017|
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Response from Pauline G | Reviewed this property |
The Manor House at Aiskew near Bedale is a lovely B&B of character and run by two very kind and helpful People and very reasonable White Bear at Masham is great. Lovely rooms and great food plus Theakston ales Both close... More
31 July 2016|
Response from simonandjen | Reviewed this property |
Not sure as none of us are veggies...I'm sure if you contact the Friars head directly they can let you know. Good luck
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Leyburn
  • Phone Number: +44 1677 450201
  • E-mail
One of North Yorkshire’s most iconic bar and restaurant destinations......The Friars Head is a beautiful venue in a truly stunning location.

Positioned amongst the rolling countryside of lower Wensleydale but close to Bedale and Leyburn, it’s an ideal setting for casual gatherings with friends and family, wedding breakfasts and christening banquets, shooting parties and business meetings.

The Friars Head is a confident and striking blend of traditional and modern design, that celebrates great quality food. What makes The Friars Head so special is the different and distinct interior themes and creative menus, developed to provide guests with their choice of a relaxed or formal experience.
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