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The Dunsforth

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About The Dunsforth

Yorkshire country pub and restaurant The Dunsforth takes its name from the collective Dunsforths area that incorporates the twin villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth. Standing proud down the continuation of Holbeck Lane, The Dunsforth’s 19th-century premises are a waypoint for those scouring the English countryside for the nation’s best gastropubs. Guided by the seasons, The Dunsforth’s proprietors are passionate about providing diners with nothing but the best European cuisine and British classics created from locally-sourced ingredients. Matched by fantastic indoor and outdoor spaces in which to enjoy the fine food, wine and ale on offer, get a fix on The Dunsforth, not far from Boroughbridge, York, or Harrogate, and book a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
The Dunsforth, Dunsforth, YO26 9SA York

Further Information

God is in the details when it comes to choosing the perfect Yorkshire gastropub, and The Dunsforth’s proprietors, chef patron Paul (formerly head chef at Harvey Nichols) and his partner Janine, have an eye for the divine, it seems. Their handsome pub and restaurant is a 19th-century landmark in Lower Dunsforth that’s easily spotted as you approach the village centre from Boroughbridge via Holbeck Lane or elsewhere in the Harrogate and York region. The interior is graced with Indian sandstone and Inglenook fireplaces kept stoked during the winter months. On summer evenings, enjoy your meal al fresco on the terrace with a glass of wine chosen from the considered list.

Committed simultaneously to modernity and classicism in its cuisine, The Dunsforth offers an inspired selection of British and continental dishes, all created from ingredients sourced from trusted local estates and suppliers. Even the fish is carefully chosen from day boats off Hartlepool and food miles are kept to an absolute minimum. All this effort results in a la carte, prix fixe, Sunday lunch, pub classics and rustic lunch menus packed with surprisingly affordable dishes that draw a curious gaggle from across the Harrogate region and top gastropub-seekers from even further afield. Always seasonal, our picks at the time of writing are the Holme Farm venison Carpaccio with beet remoulade, pickles, dandelion, and pain d’epices or the Shetland mussels to start; follow this up with the vegetarian Yorkshire asparagus with crispy duck egg, ceps, parmesan pastry and lotus root or the classic rump of Yorkshire lamb. Wednesday to Saturday you can indulge in three-courses of dishes such as these plus a half bottle of house wine for an incredibly good price. Book ahead and prepare to become a loyal patron at this Lower Dunsforth gem.


81 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 81 Reviews
Noise: mute
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
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Caroline T.
1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 01:25

2nd visit here for Sunday lunch- haven't beaten it yet. Very accommodating of our 2 children and food simply delicious. Highly recommend the desserts too. We booked for 12pm and were the only table for a while, which suits us for the children. Soon filled up so we had a longer wait for our desserts, but totally worth it. A super front of house gentleman, made the dining experience even better with his polite charm and humour. A fantastic place, with amazing food. Rare to find a gastropub that can serve such great food, 3 courses for £22, I would say is good value.

Stephen Y.
1 review so far 6
18.05.2017 16:23

I was looking for something special for my other half's birthday and came across The Dunsforth tooked away in a lovely Yorkshire village. It was everything I hoped it would be - a perfect balance of a top class restaurant with the charm and decor of a great village pub. The food was excellent both in taste and presentation, and the service was friendly and professional. Definitely one to return to!

7 reviews so far 6
17.05.2017 15:57

This is a hidden gem - the food and service are excellent - please give this wonderful place a try. The posh prawn cocktail is divine not to mention the homemade fresh bread

Diane W.
1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 23:54

Great place for a special pub lunch. Food is delicious and presented beautifully and the service is impeccable served by a very knowledgeable head waiter.

Danielle T.
1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 22:51

Once again we had a fantastic meal at The Dunsforth. The menu was perfectly planned and meticulously cooked using the very best locally sourced ingredients. The food really was flawless. When you think of top quality, relaxed pub dining this is exactly what you want but very rarely get. The Dunsforth never disappoints.

Richard O.
1 review so far 6
05.12.2015 06:25

The Dunsforth is a lovely pub/restaurant with a great atmosphere which is due to the delicious food and the staff who were friendly and charming, with an excellent knowledge of the menu. A visit is highly recommended, but be warned you will want to go back again.

michelle m.
2 reviews so far 5
23.06.2016 22:05

We have been before but brought our daughter son and four your old granddaughter . Food fab but had my granddaughter who was only offered child menu after we asked for one and had her main course from that menu but on our bill noticed we were charge for a adult desert. Two of the adult had the steak we thought was a supplement for this but was charged was for each course not a three course meal. A bit disappointed with is but had a fab meal and day Many thanks Michelle Mathers

michelle m.
2 reviews so far 4
31.03.2016 21:52

could not fault the food from starters to desserts. service was very poor totally. from the bar to waitress , there didn't seem to no who was doing what, as there were no clear guidance from the one in charge. she was buzzy helping clear plate to serving to doing a bit of everything except been in charge If she took more charge and watching what her staff was doing maybe your wait would be as long down to lack of origination. if waitress had a set of table each maybe you wouldn't be waiting over a hour for your table and twenty minute in between courses. We would return just for the food.

Penny L.
1 review so far 5
23.06.2016 15:45

The service was excellent. However 2 of the meals came to the table lukewarm. The fish in the childrens meals of fish and chips had skin on which they didn't like and I imagine many children would whinge about that - not just mine. I also couldn't understand why only half a mushroom and half a tomato with the grill we chose. Having said that I still feel we got good value for money. A meal for 3 adults and 2 children plus 3 desserts was less than £80.

Rayner G.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 22:32

Highly recommended. The prix fixe menu is excellent value for money and the staff were fantastic when dealing with one of the party who suffers with a severe food allergy. Food and service both magnificent and we felt very comfortable and never felt rushed. I will definitely be returning in the future! (Do please note we ate at 1230 so this review perhaps does not account for busier periods with regards to noise etc!)

Katy H.
1 review so far 6
11.05.2016 17:11

Our 2nd visit to The Dunsforth and it certainly didn't disappoint. Lovely food lovely people. Can't understand why more people have not discovered this treasure of a restaurant. Excellent imaginative food at reasonable prices.

sarah f.
2 reviews so far 6
10.04.2017 16:33

The Dunsforth is our go to pub. We love the staff and the food is always top notch. We have eaten there for Sunday lunches and normal evening meals and have never been disappointed.

Guy S.
1 review so far 5
18.02.2016 17:54

The location was really nice, the staff very helpful and friendly and the food was very good quality. The only slight negatives were that the restaurant was quite cold (next time I'll wear a fleece or jumper) and the portions were on the small side (no excuse for this given the price). All in all though it was a good experience and we would visit again. We ate from the Specials board rather than the set price Sunday menu.

Neil O.
1 review so far 6
15.03.2016 19:52

I'm not usually one for writing reviews however.........I have to say I'm more than happy to do so on this occasion. Great food, excellent service you can ask for no more. The little extra touches make the dining experience feel a little more special which in this case (My mum's 70th) were greatly appreciated. I have no doubt I will be dining here again!

Pat B.
1 review so far 6
14.02.2017 01:48

Your Sunday lunch is one of the best we have had, a lovely cosy welcoming style and atmosphere, staff are nicely attentive, have recommended it to so many people, came one day mid week evening and had a superb meal, the cod was so fresh and delicious, puds are to die for, looking forward to another visit.

Nick D.
1 review so far 5
02.01.2016 03:30

The food was excellent; beautifully presented and delicious and would get a rating of 6. The total experience was a 5 because there was no front-of-house/maitre d' to greet and the service, whilst friendly and effective, was not as polished as the food deserved. We all enjoyed our meals and my steak was the best I've had in years - tender, tasty cooked and seasoned to perfection.

Judith J.
3 reviews so far 5
17.03.2017 04:58

The food at the restaurant was delicious although there wasn't a great deal of choice. The sticky toffee pudding was one of the best I have had! The service left a bit to be desired as the staff waiting on tables appeared to be students who had not had much training in customer service. However, it wasn't a big deal and didn't spoil the evening.

Mike A.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 07:04

The food at The Dunsforth looks amazing and tastes fabulous. The service was friendly and efficient. We shall certainly be returning very soon. Yvette and Mike Adams

1 review so far 5
27.10.2015 16:47

This is a great place which is a pleasure to visit. It is quiet, the food excellent and has wonderful service. The little additional touches, like the amazing bread roll with flavoured butters at the start of the meal and the chocolates at the end of the meal, make this an experience we always enjoy and we will be coming back.

Briz M.
1 review so far 6
29.09.2015 20:46

The Dunsford was fabulous. The atmosphere, the service, the food and the wine was all priced very reasonably for Sunday lunch. My brother in law joined us, he is on holiday from Australia and he said it was the best value for money he had known.

Marie B.
2 reviews so far 5
24.05.2016 17:11

Very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and the food was excellent! I would just suggest that the specials board could be better positioned, we couldn't see it at all and had to rely on the description from the waitress, so when the food came it wasn't quite what I was expecting ,but lovely none the less.

Stephanie H.
1 review so far 6
27.06.2016 01:05

Best Sunday lunch I've ever tasted! Plenty of choice on the menu & all fairly priced. Staff very efficient and friendly. A lovely,modern & clean pub/restaurant. Will definitely be visiting again soon - & definitely be recommending to everyone I know!

Julie H.
1 review so far 6
12.06.2016 15:02

Warm welcome, beautiful country decor, excellent service, superb food and as an extra touch the waitress brought us a large plate of sweet goodies at the end of our meal as she heard that we were celebrating an anniversary. Perfect.

Amanda F.
2 reviews so far 5
02.04.2017 15:32

We had the pris fixe menu. Fabulous value, and very tasty, well presented food - higher end restaurant quality rather than the usual pub standard. Homemade breads a bonus. Staff are friendly and efficient. We have been here several times, and will look forward to returning again.

Claire williams W.
1 review so far 5
14.07.2016 03:07

Super food - portion size really inconsistent - the fish was beautiful with all veg and a few potato slices incorporated but was meagre in size to the pie of the day. Would be better for veg and potatoes to be served on the side.

Christine C.
1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 14:36

From the moment we walked in we were made to feel very welcome , we had the early bird menu , and it was delicious , thankyou Dunsforth we will be returning very soon !!

Peter M.
1 review so far 4
09.02.2016 16:10

Pleasant surroundings and some nice ideas but we felt the food was over priced with starters at £7 minimum and mains at least £18 not including veg ,we had steak which was lovely but couldn't see anything that justified the £25 price compared to similar elsewhere. The deserts were original and tasty.

Susan I.
1 review so far 5
26.05.2016 02:14

Very nice meal thank you. Fish and chip portion more than generous. Maybe some background music not loud would have been good for extra ambience we were in the bar as we could take the dog which is a nice change

Jamie C.
1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 05:38

Excellent service, staff very friendly and helpful. Food was fantastic. A little pricey, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a recommendation from the Michelin guide. Ideal as anew occasional visit for special occasions.

Geoff G.
1 review so far 6
07.02.2016 00:32

Excellent food, my wife had the£20 lunch menu, I had the steak. The service was spot on. The dining room was very comfortable and warm. We shall be back! Geoff Greenwood Nun Monkton.

Robert J.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 05:29

Very welcoming,cheerful,efficient staff .The food looked very appetising and tasted really pleasing;Roast beef melted in the mouth,Yokshires were generous and tasty.all the veg were just right...plumb and apple crumble spot on...superb fare!

Keith W.
2 reviews so far 6
23.03.2016 00:49

Excellent food, good service. We have been numerous times and the food has been great each time. A little bit out of the way but well worth going. Varied menu with specials.

Alex P.
1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 15:26

Excellent food and service, we will definetly visit again. Great choice of wine, and range of options on the food too. The pub has a lovely atmosphere and small front garden

Kevin S.
1 review so far 6
29.08.2015 14:57

What an excellent place the food was wonderful and the atmosphere and service were outstanding cannot wait to go back again. Highly recommend this to anyone from couples to families.

Carole M.
2 reviews so far 6
22.04.2016 01:52

We had a fantastic Sunday lunch here last week . The quality of all the food was first class. They also offer a children's menu which had a great selection

Anthony S.
1 review so far 6
01.02.2016 02:08

Excellent experience, right from the moment we arrived at the door we were welcomed by cheerful friendly staff. Our meal was outstanding and really well presented. Well done to everyone

Leyla S.
1 review so far 5
25.01.2016 03:28

Great food, friendly staff and received a warm welcoming. Great ale selection, good atmosphere the place was very clean and spacious between tables. Didn't have to wait long for the food and child friendly too.

Ginette R.
4 reviews so far 6
26.10.2015 02:41

Fantastic Sunday lunch as always!!! Great service, excellent value and friendly atmosphere the best in the area and well worth a visit so would recommend you won't be disappointed

David W.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 01:38

Lovely environment, nice quiet dining area, great food and service. Living not far away We will definitely be back fairly soon that's for sure. What more can I say?

Kai Z.
1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 17:33


Chris F.
2 reviews so far 6
22.10.2015 23:06

Great atmosphere, interesting menu and really good food. Enjoyed the entire experience. Well worth the journey to this interesting village to eat, drink and come away feeling very satisfied1

Alison W.
1 review so far 6
28.03.2016 18:34

An excellent meal as always, even though seafood extravaganza menu was sold out the chef managed to make up a seafood platter for one of us which was amazing....

Zoe P.
2 reviews so far 6
07.03.2016 15:59

Another fantastic experience at the Dunsforth. Amazing food as always. The service is second to none. A firm favourite in our house!! We are already planning our next visit!

Robin C.
1 review so far 3
13.10.2016 01:53

Booked for 6.30. Arrived and sat down at 6.29. Asked if we were entitled to orrder from the fixed price menu available up to 6.30 and were told because it was now 6.31 we did not qualify. We are local. Will we visit this pub again. No of course we won't. Another Chefette with delusions of grandeur.

Edwin A.
2 reviews so far 6
26.02.2017 23:23

Very good menu. Food cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Service was also equally good. Wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant for somewhere to have a better than normal experience.

Michael M.
1 review so far 6
19.11.2015 17:16

Very good experience, food out together with artistry and flair, service attentive without being intrusive. Would recommend a visit by anybody and will most certainly be returning ourselves

Stuart J.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 00:01

Great food and excellent service translates into a great dining experience. The very warm welcome will ensure that we shall definitely be visiting again in the near future.

Kris B.
2 reviews so far 5
15.04.2016 04:33

Been to the Dunsforth quite a few times now. Definitely a great place for Sunday lunch. Sticky Toffee Pudding is a must. Will definitely go back again for the a la carte menu.

sarah f.
2 reviews so far 6
16.10.2016 19:15

Our go to pub when getting the family (and friends) together. Lovely staff and the food is always spot on. Looking forward to visiting again before Christmas.

James B.
1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 01:46

Honestly amazing service, food and atmosphere. Highly recommend the Sunday lunch. Cosy atmosphere, lovely decor and coursework try feel with real fire.i would go again and recommend.