IN the tiny village of Barbon, close to the tri-counties border, is a traditional country pub with a big heart.

The Barbon Inn is a real treasure of a place – family run and dating back to the 17th Century, it has its own character and more than a few characters frequenting it.

We were afforded a warm welcome from the staff and locals alike, one of whom was happy to chat away until the cows came home.

In the bar area there are some fascinating pictures and objects to admire, all adding to the appeal and making it obvious why this inn is popular with people enjoying a walk in the Dales. Much of the menu is sourced from local suppliers – another plus.

After a swift half of Thatchers Cider (£1.80) we were ready to order and decided we were hungry enough to opt for starters.

My choice was Dave’s Chicken Liver Pate (£4.74) served with red onion marmalade, rocket, toast and butter. Now I’m not sure who Dave is, but he certainly does a mean pate, and I was delighted with my choice.

The same could be said for my partner, who went for the Tempura Tiger Prawns (£5.95) served on salad leaves with a sweet chili dip.

My main was a prime 10oz rump steak (£15.54) served with sauteed mushrooms grilled tomato and chip[s (of course).

The steak was perfectly cooked , which in my case was medium rare.

My girlfriend chose the gammon steak (£14.50), supplied by Dales Butcher’s in nearby Kirkby Lonsdale, served with chips, a free-range egg and a grilled tomato. I tried a sample and it was awesome.

I very much recommend a trip to this lovely old coaching inn, whether it be for a drink, a meal, or just a chat with the lovely locals.

  • The cost for two with starters and mains, excluding drinks, was £40.73


  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7