The Wensleydale Heifer – Review

Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.
Adam Lowe

The Wensleydale Heifer, located between Leyburn and Hawes, is a stunning guesthouse nestled in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Heifer offers an award-winning combination of dining and accommodation, with plenty of character to win you over.

Rooms

Rooms include four-poster rooms and themed rooms, such as the Champagne Room, Shooters Room, James Herriot Room and James Bond Room. Each has en suite facilities, Egyptian linens, Molton Brown toiletries and more.

For example, the decadent Champagne Room features no less than 16 bottles of the finest Champagnes in the world, chilled to perfection in the mini-bar. The room has unlimited popcorn for you to enjoy an evening movie or two – and you can even wake up to the voice of Stephen Fry from the alarm clock. What’s not to love?

We were lucky enough to stay in the Bond Room, which features a hanging 60s chair, and a suite of books and films from the Bond franchise. The package came complete with martinis for two to be taken at our leisure and a film library outside our room to keep us entertained through the night.

For something less decadent and more budget-friendly, you can try The Wensleydale Junior Suite – which even comes with its own decanter of complimentary sherry and an earthy, countryside charm.

Room rates start at £120 per night with various packages, ranging from simple bed and breakfast to dining packages and more.

Food and drink

The Wensleydale Heifer offers a great menu of traditional and modern dishes, presented with panache and full of flavour.

Head Chef (and owner) David Moss (trained at Longueville Manor – the Channel Islands’ only Michelin-star restaurant at the time – and cut his teeth at some of the top establishments in Yorkshire. Moss has rightly received many culinary accolades. Prior to The Wensleydale Heifer, Moss worked at The Crab at Chieveley – and while there the restaurant achieved two AA Rosettes and the AA Seafood Restaurant of the year award. Moss prefers to source his food – especially the fish in which he specialises – from local suppliers.

There are two places to eat at The Heifer. The restaurant is a more formal affair with chocolate leather chairs, linen table cloths and Doug Hyde artwork. The Fish Bar is a more relaxed eating environment with sea grass floors, wooden tables and rattan chairs – which makes it great for an upper end ‘pub lunch’ or a late evening pint and dinner.

During the hot months, you might want to enjoy the Restaurant Garden as well – which offers refreshing country air and a glimpse of the outdoors while you tuck into your delicious meal.

If you fancy a tipple, you can try the Whisky Lounge. Guests often take the time to enjoy an aperitif or an exclusive malt whisky here before dinner. Ale connoisseurs can also try the Heifer Gold beer or any of the local Yorkshire Ales.

All in all The Wensleydale Heifer offers a delightful taste of countryside class, with world-class service and plenty of endearing flourishes.

For more information about The Wensleydale Heifer, visit wensleydaleheifer.co.uk.