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Full Postal AddressFox & Hounds, Starbotton, SKIPTON, BD23 5HY [Map]
Telephone Number01756 760269Pub's Own Website 
Opening Timesclosed MO & Jan-mid Feb; 11:30-15, 18:30-23 TU-SA; 12-15, 19-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar

Me in front of the Fox and Hounds, October 2001

Wharfedale’s a great place to visit for fresh air, walking and indeed drinking decent real ale. Upper Wharfedale is particularly picturesque, and if you’re like me, you’ll leave your car keys at home, hop on the Bus and head up Wharfedale, perhaps to Buckden, and then wander up Buckden Pike and descend into the small, picturesque hamlet of Starbotton, cosily nestled between the sheep filled fields and stone walls, and then put your feet up and get some liquid carbohydrate (beer) inside you. I first came across the pub in the late 1990’s and one of the sadly diminishing number of locals in a true Yorkshire tone was rather concerned that with an alarming number of properties in the Dale now second homes or holiday lets that lie empty for months on end in the winter, that the Fox and Hounds would be the next to go. Fortunately, although CAMRA estimates that some 20 pubs close every month, the Fox and Hounds has survived and hopefully for a while yet. What a shame if this fine Yorkshire inn were to disappear.

The interior is beamed with flagstone floors and a warming log fire in winter. Had a very fine pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord when I last visited. You might also find a couple of other real ales on offer including perhaps a Black Sheep brew and a guest ale. The pub’s popular for food and can get busy at times. If it is, grab a pint, wander outside, and relax and enjoy the views… A good range of meals are available. I have visited on 3 occasions when they were closed, so it’s worth calling ahead to see if they are likely to be open. In the past they’ve closed completely for a month or so in the winter and may also be closed early in the week during the mid-winter.

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