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The Cover Bridge Inn, Leyburn

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East Witton
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. Wittenden left this review about The Cover Bridge Inn

A classic Wensleydale pub, near the confluence of the rivers Cover and Ure.White painted, on the approach to the eponymous and attractive bridge. A public bar, with an intriguing fireplace and open fire, and a smaller saloon, again with roaring fire on an October Saturday lunchtime.
In my mind, and in those of countless others, this is the classic ham ‘n’ eggs pub, though other items on the menu are also commendably hearty. On all our autumn visits throughout the years I’ve found a varied and reliable choice of beers, largely from Yorkshire brewers.Stalwarts such as Black Sheep and Timothy Taylor were partnered on our October visit, by Wensleydale Semer Water Summer ale, and Walls’ magnificent Darkside Milk Stout. A number of draught ciders and perries were also available.
The Cover Bridge looks to be popular with local people as well as walkers and anglers: a large group were celebrating a birthday in the riverside garden, their jovial antics added a certain sparkle to our visit.This is one of our favourite pubs, a genuine unforced welcome and grand food and drink.

Update 1/11/2021
We hadn't visited for three years, having heard on a pre lockdown trip North that there had been a change of ownership. We arrived just before two on a November Monday to be told that the kitchen had shut, but after some discussion the landlady relented and took our orders.Alas, the iconic ham'n'eggs was unavailable.That aside,every thing was fine,the atmosphere as good as ever.The Masham mafia were out in force on the bar,with the addition of a couple of beers from Wensleydale and Pennine Breweries.My ultra pale Mistral from Wensleydale was enjoyed with relish.

On 1st November 2021 - no rating submitted
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Will Larter left this review about The Cover Bridge Inn

The Cover Bridge Inn has been on my to-do list for a few years now, but somehow I was always passing this way when it was closed. (Maybe their opening times have changed, as the pub is open from 11 every day except Sunday when it's 12.) I finally made it this week, and was very glad to open the door (it's a tricky latch) onto a pleasant bar room with a very good fire. Through a door to the right is another room, with another section of bar counter (and another fire). Both sections of the bar have four hand pumps, making eight in total (see photos for beers available when I was here). My pint of Black Sheep Best was in very good condition, but there were several other beers I'd have been happy to go for if it weren't for the need to remain upright on my bicycle. A few of the other customers were clearly doing walks along the valley and having sandwiches with their lunchtime drinks. There was a friendly atmosphere and I left the pub with some regret, but intending to return before too long.

On 5th March 2020 - rating: 10
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aleand hearty left this review about The Cover Bridge Inn

Fine old 16th century watering hole, a former coaching inn, set in glorious Wensleydale. The pub takes its name from the adjacent bridge that crosses the River Cover, although it was formerly known as the Forresters Arms and previously The Masons Arms.

Internally, it’s a small two-roomer with lots of dark wood and cosy corners with the addition of two real fires. Famous for its beer quality, it has won various awards down the years and rightly features in the 2013 Good Beer Guide. The three beers we tried (Wold Top Bitter, Treboom ‘Drum Beat’ and Thornbridge ‘Jaipur’) were all in tip top condition. Unfortunately, service from the young barmaid was notably frosty, rather surprising given the pub’s reputation for a warm welcome. An off day, perhaps? Hearty pub food is available and there is a beer garden leading down to the riverside for fair weather use. Overall, highly recommended.

On 10th April 2013 - no rating submitted
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Latest updates View all updates for The Cover Bridge Inn, Leyburn
1st Nov 2021, 19:54
Review submitted by . Wittenden amended by . Wittenden
5th Mar 2020, 13:34
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 11 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 March 2020 by Will Larter
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 24 October 2009 by hondo .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 04 March 2020 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 October 2009 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 October 2009 by hondo .
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