Skipton is a lovely touristy town deep in the Yorkshire Dales and it is bustling with restaurants and pubs to eat out at including- yes, a Wetherspoons!
So, if you’re heading out to the Yorkshire Dales on a weekend getaway and want to find out more about the best and most accessible hospitality venues in Skipton. Then we recommend this Wetherspoons- The Devonshire.
It is situated right in the heart of Skipton town centre and is set in an 18th Century building which was originally a public house that offered accommodation for stagecoach travellers and was called the New Inn. The hotel was renamed “The Devonshire” in 1820 and remained so since then. This pub housed many soldiers during the World Wars and travellers of the first canal during the Industrial Revolution. So, it has seen a lot of world-changing history. Now it’s a popular spot for a pub crawl, meal out or pit stop pint, attracting all people including tourists and locals.
You can read more about the amazing history of this pub by clicking here!
Why should you visit this Wetherspoons in Skipton, West Yorkshire?
This Wetherspoons pub in Skipton is one of the most recommended places to visit in the area. Whether you are having a couple of drinks or a meal out, it’s perfect for spending time with family and friends.
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It is in the centre of Skipton town centre, less than a minute walk from the high street. It’s also very close to lots of other pubs and restaurants making it a great place to include in a pub crawl. The Devonshire is just next door to the Early Doors Micropub, the Clubhouse Coffee Shop. If you’re out shopping, it is also walking distance from the indoor Craven Court Shopping Centre. If you are visiting one of the town’s markets on the high street, this Wetherspoons is a minute away.
The pub is also situated on the doorstep to various nice accommodations including the Boutique 4-star hotel. The Providence housing development is also over the road.
There is also plenty of tourist attractions in Skipton. Skipton Castle, the Skipton Castle Woods and the famous canals are all nearby. You could stop here for a meal or a drink during your visit to any of these atttactions.
Food and drink
The Devonshire in Skipton is part of the Wetherspoons branch of pubs. It’s menus are the same as what you would see at any Wetherspoons so you know what to expect. What makes this Wetherspoons in Skipton different to others is the selection of guest ales made locally to this area.
Of course, like all Wetherspoons, the menu covers all kinds of options for people of all tastes. Including curries, fish and chips, pizzas, the usual deli options and side dishes as well as the delicious desserts.
What makes this Wetherspoons pub stand out, is the large spacious rooms with the warm fireplaces crackling. It has a warm ambient atmosphere. Plus, the pub is set in a large building and has an upstairs where the main toilets are located. The staff are always friendly and helpful too.
They also do the same themed events every week including Curry Club and Steak Club as well as their annual Christmas menu with all their alternative festive snacks and meals. Other events include real ale festivals where they have a wide selection of locally brewed beers at very good deals, these events normally take place twice a year and happen at all Wetherspoons in the country.
The accessibility of this Wetherspoons in Skipton is decent and well thought out for people with physical and learning difficulties.
There is a sloped pathway leading to an entrance to one side of the building. The main entrance in the centre has a couple of steps to get into. There are some small steps beside the ramp with a handrail going onto the front outdoor seating area, but this is also accessible straight from the pavement on the roadside, people can enter the outdoor seating area without having to enter the building at all.
Inside the building, the rooms are very spacious with plenty of room to move around between tables and chairs.
There is a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities downstairs separate to the main ladies’ and gents’ toilets upstairs. The main toilets are upstairs up two wide flights of stairs with handrails.
This pub is very friendly for families with young children and babies. There are highchairs for babies provided and young kids can entertain themselves with colouring activities with colour pencils provided (you can ask for these at the bar). The menu is also designed to also cater to children as there are child-friendly portion sized meals and snacks and things like fruit juice served in small bottles which are easy for babies and infants to drink out of.
The general atmosphere is relaxing but it can get busy on weekends and school holidays, especially with it being in a touristy town. Quieter times are late evenings and weekdays. The place doesn’t get noisy, the acoustics are decent with the rooms having high ceilings. The lighting is not overly bright, and the rooms all have a warm, soft ambience. The carpets are highly decorative, it may be worth bearing this in mind for people with dementia and other physiological requirements.
People can order food at the bar or using the Wetherspoons app which is easy to use. Using the app to order food is convenient for people with walking difficulties or people who aren’t comfortable going to the bar. The food will then be bought straight to your table- no queuing involved!
The nearest parking is Skipton High Street Car Park which is a three-minute walk to the Devonshire. This parking is pay and display between 9am and 6pm, free after 6pm. Other parking spots include the Coach St Car Park, which is where the canals are located, this is a 7-minute walk to the pub. You can park on the high street but be aware of restrictions on specific days and times including market days.
There is a bus stop down the road from the Wetherspoons in Skipton, less than a minutes’ walk. There are bus stops all over Skipton, including the high street, and the bus station is a four-minute walk from the pub. Bus services run from as far as Keighley, Kirkby Lonsdale and Bolton Abbey.
There is also a train station in Skipton which is a ten-minute walk to the pub and a three-minute drive away. The station is round the back of Morrisons supermarket, and there is parking available there too. Trains can be caught from other nearby towns in West Yorkshire including Keighley, Haworth, Shipley and as far as Bradford city centre. You can also catch the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Train straight to Skipton too.
The Wetherspoons menu is catered to meet all dietary requirements and people of all tastes and preferences in food options. There are meals appropriate for people who are on a diet, and there are also meals suitable for people looking to really treat themselves. All allergen information is included on the menu and can be obtained from staff. For people counting their calories, the calories information is also included for every meal and drink.
The selection of drinks is also wide and varied, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks which include beers and ciders with 0% alcohol. Soft drinks including sugar-free drinks, energy drinks and fresh juice and free water. Hot drinks including coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate. All hot drinks are served on an automatic machine and are refillable so you can help yourself to as many cups as you like.
We hope this listing has been helpful in your search for accessible pubs and places to eat in Skipton. If you’re visiting Skipton area, we have also got listings for places to stay nearby and other attractions.