Project Description

The Blue Lion

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.

“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)



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.

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.


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The Blue Lion has 15 individually furnished, en-suite rooms which are all non-smoking.

Dogs are welcome in the rooms at a charge of £15.00 per night. (Except in the courtyard Superior rooms)

All prices are per room, per night and include full English breakfast and VAT at the current rate.

When making your reservation, please have your credit card details available as these will be taken to guarantee your booking.

If you intend to dine during your stay, please reserve a table whilst making your initial booking as space in the restaurant is limited.

Special offers are available throughout the year.

To book a stay at The Blue Lion, please click here.

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.

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

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

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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East Witton, Near Leyburn,

T 01969 624 273

15 Bedrooms

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Dog Friendly 

12 of 15 guest rooms are dog friendly with a £15 charge per dog per night. Call to request. Dogs welcome in the bar area with dog towels provided.

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Location of the Blue Lion

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use DL8 4SN

Northallerton Railway Station – 30 mins

Teeside Airport – 45 mins

Leeds Bradford Airport – 60 mins