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Project Description

The Blue Lion


East Witton, Near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4SN
T 01969 624 273
15 Bedrooms

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use DL8 4SN
Northallerton Railway Station – 30 mins
Teeside Airport – 45 mins
Leeds Bradford Airport – 60 mins

Built as a coaching inn towards the end of the eighteenth century, the Blue Lion at East Witton has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years as they journey through Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. After extensive but sympathetic renovation by owners Paul and Helen Klein, the Blue Lion has become recognised as one of the region’s leading country inns.

Nestled in the heart of Wensleydale, this could be Wallace and Gromit’s favourite pub — but even if it’s not it’s still the Good Pub Guide’s Inn of the Year 2014

The Times, James Ellis (Nov 14)

The cosy, traditional bar, with its welcoming log fire and flag stone floor is a popular meeting place with locals and visitors alike, where an excellent choice of bar meals is complemented by the fine selection of hand-pulled beers.


The fifteen en-suite bedrooms are individually designed in keeping with the inn’s comfortable, country style, with dark wood furnishings and old prints complemented by the expected modern-day comforts.

Food & Drink

The charming candlelit restaurant is the perfect setting in which to enjoy the highly acclaimed a la carte menu which emphasises local produce and seasonal ingredients. Deservedly, the Blue Lion boasts a string of culinary awards and achievements for its fine food and wine. During the last decade, it has been named the Dining Pub of the Year twice and named Inn of the Year 2014 by the Good Pub Guide.

All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.

Recommended Local Attractions

The Forbidden Corner, Coverdale – 10 mins
Middleham Castle – 10 mins
The Black Sheep Brewery Masham – 20 mins
Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle – 20 mins
The Georgian Theatre Richmond – 25 mins

Retail Therapy

Harrogate – 40 mins
York – 60 mins
Skipton – 60 mins


Single from £67 Double/twin from £94 Deluxe rooms from £129 [button href=”” target=”_blank” css_classes=”button_hilite sm_button”]Book Online[/button]

Out & About

No day out in the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to the spectacular remains of Middleham Castle. With fantastic views of Wensleydale, the castle is a brilliant location for walking, cycling and picnics.

Only 20 minutes away from The Blue Lion is the brilliant Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, where you can see the traditional Brewhouse and fermenting rooms in action, before heading to the bar to try the award winning beers for yourselves!

Head to the Georgian Theatre Royal; steeped in colourful history, it was even abandoned for decades and rediscovered in the 1960s. As well as fantastic performances throughout the year, don’t miss the museum collection relating to Georgian Theatre, as well as take a back stage tour.

Every year people flock to the Yorkshire Dales to see the spectacular views, breathe in the fresh country air and experience the magnificent walks the region has to offer. Why not take a circular route from the national Park Centre at Aysgarth in Wensleydale, taking in three flights of waterfalls, then head through the woodlands to arrive at the ruins and gardens of the much-loved Bolton Castle, where you can stop off for refreshments before returning to Aysgarth via the beautiful Caperby. This leisurely walk should take around 2 hours 45 and is the perfect way to get reacquainted with nature and spend an afternoon in the great outdoors.

Dog Friendly

With Sadie the retriever a firm fixture at The Blue Lion, owners Paul and Helen are more than happy to welcome dogs, just mention that you’ll be bringing along your four-legged friend and they’ll ensure everything’s in place for your stay.

The cosy log fire located in the real ale barn is the perfect place for dogs to relax near after a long day of exploring the superb walking country of North Yorkshire. With plenty of local knowledge, maps and route cards for the local area, Paul and Helen know all the ideal spots to catch a view or have a brew.


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The Blue Lion Sunday Telegraph Review

Well, what a weekend for media it’s been here at Great Inns HQ. Not only have we had the lovely folk from Olive Magazinestaying at the The Bell Inn, Horndon, we’ve also had a stunning review from Fiona Duncan at the Sunday Telegraph for The Blue Lion.



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Relaxing Winter Warmer at The Blue Lion

The Blue Lion is superbly located in Wensleydale and is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to walk and explore.