Lister Arms

Friendly inn in fine countryside with cosy bars and dining room, enjoyable food and seats outside; comfortable bedrooms

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The good pub guide review

At the foot of Malham Cove, in the heart of a charming village, this handsome stone inn is popular with walkers. But lovers of ale and food make a beeline for it too, as do many locals. One bar has a medley of cushioned dining chairs and leather or upholstered armchairs around antique wooden tables on slate flooring, with a big deer's head above the inglenook fireplace. A second bar has a small brick fireplace with logs piled to each side, rustic slab tables, cushioned wheelback chairs and comfortable wall seats. There's Thwaites Amber, Gold, IPA, Mild and Original on handpump plus three rotating local guests, 20 wines by the glass and Weston's farm cider. A woodburning stove stands in the fireplace of the airy dining room where there are swagged curtains and smartly upholstered high-backed and pale wooden farmhouse chairs around rustic tables on bare floorboards. The flagstoned and gravelled courtyard has seats and benches around tables under parasols ' some overlook the small green at the front. It's a popular place to stay, with satisfyingly hearty breakfasts and a choice of 23 attractive, warm and comfortable bedrooms (some in the pub, others in the next-door cottage and more in the barn conversion).

The good pub guide food review

Highly rated food includes breakfasts (8-10am) plus sandwiches, tempura king prawns with chinese leaf salad and satay dipping sauce, oven-baked brie with home-made focaccia, sharing platters, globe artichoke and asparagus gnocchi with sautéed wild mushrooms and puffed potatoes, tandoori chicken with braised coriander rice and curried squash purée, pork sausages with mash, red onion marmalade and gravy, haddock, salmon and king prawn fish pie with fennel béchamel, peas and parmesan creamed potatoes, assorted burgers with toppings and chips, and desserts such as sticky toffee and date pudding with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream and plum tarte tatin with blood orange sorbet.

2021 Awards

Licensee’s introduction

Your home from home in the Yorkshire DalesNestled at the foot of the breathtaking Malham Cove, in the heart of the idyllic and charming village of Malham, you’ll discover The Lister Arms. For sheer location alone, our traditional coaching inn is a fell walker’s paradise, but for those with a serious passion for home cooked food in a traditional Yorkshire setting, you won’t be disappointed.From the outside, history can be seen from every turn, from the traditional mounting block where riders would effortlessly climb on to the horses, to the period features and beautiful tiled entranceway to welcome you in.Inside the Inn is divided into little nooks, with original fireplaces, wood floors and beams – making it the perfect place to while away the hours with friends, loved ones or fellow walkers.

Licensee Information

Darren Dunn

Contact Details

Lister Arms, Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DB

(01729) 830444

Pub Group: Thwaites

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 8am-11pm

Saturday: 8am-11pm

Sunday: 8am-10.30pm