Whiling away an afternoon at The Wheatley Arms

The Wheatley ArmsWheatley Arms  is tucked away in Ben Rhydding. Handy if you fancy leaving the car at home and having a pint or two as it’s practically next door to the train station. With a great wine list, lots of hand pulled real ale (including Leeds Pale) and ice cold Peroni on tap, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Probably more hours than you’d expect, given that the service is often slow, and the roasts very popular.

On the first Sunday of every month, Dave Challis and his band play relaxing (and lively) jazz from 1-4pm. They even take requests and have forms on the bar for that very purpose. In fairness, the popularity of the jazz afternoon is the reason behind our hour-long wait for the food to arrive. But on the whole it was worth the wait. The Yorkshire puddings were ginormous, the roasties well done and the veg tasty and crunchy. There was a lot of food for £12.95. The beef is definitely on the red side; even the medium was practically alive, so remember to ask for it well done if you’re squeamish about rare meat!

The best bit was the tea – Jeeves and Jericho loose leaf English breakfast tea, infused in a cast iron teapot, complete with a wooden board and a handy egg timer to ensure you get the perfect brew. Gimmicky, but looks great!

Part of the Individual Inns chain, of The Tempest Arms (near Skipton) fame, The Wheatley is gastro-chic at its best. Think stripped wood floors, open log fires, mismatched vintage chairs and big, varnished oak tables, not forgetting the obligatory antlers on the wall, and you’re just about there.

Offering live theatre, lunchtime talks, and local walking routes, this isn’t just any pub. It’s a Ben Rhydding gastro pub.