Until we’re allowed to meet indoors again, soak up the views from these historic pubs in some of England’s loveliest scenery
The village of West Tanfield stands on the banks of the Ure, where the fells and moors of Wensleydale soften to the undulations of the Vale of Mowbray. The Bull Inn was a ferryman’s cottage before the bridge was built in 1734, and boasts one of the finest riverside beer gardens in Yorkshire, with wonderful views of the stone arches spanning the gently flowing river. Just upstream is Marmion Tower, the 15th-century gatehouse to a long-vanished fortified manor. The picture-perfect scene was sketched by JMW Turner in 1816. Cask ales include Theakston’s and Black Sheep; the local brews are from Masham, three miles upstream.