The Oak Tree Inn | Helperby | Yorkshire

The Oak Tree Inn | Helperby | Yorkshire

The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby may look like a quiet village pub on the outside, but step through the doors and you’ll find a melting pot of different people and a fair few dogs too!

The indoor dog friendly seating area is very spacious and everyone was extremely welcoming so we felt completely comfortable walking Elsa through the pub. (They also have a large restaurant section which is separate from the pub and reserved for human guests only.) 

Dogs treats are supplied at the bar and Elsa was very happy to sample one of them...

It was quite clear that most of the staff are ‘dog people’, including the lovely manager Lizzy, who also brought her own dog (Lily) in to meet Elsa. (Unfortunately I didn't have my camera at the ready for a picture of the two together!) 

Although it was quiet when we arrived on a sunny Thursday afternoon, it didn’t take long for people to start filtering in… there were groups of regulars who had stopped for a post-work drink, couples who were clearly there on ‘date night’, families who had decided on a ‘pub dinner’ instead of cooking and lots of other groups of people who all seemed to know each other. This pub is absolutely brimming with atmosphere!

Pub Dog Takeover

This picture pretty much sums up Elsa's excitement levels when the rest of the pub dogs arrived...

That's Roxy in the background, she is a stunning crossbreed and the official 'pub dog' of The Oak Tree Inn so it was an absolute pleasure to meet her. Elsa literally didn't know what to do with herself, she was rolling over on her back, barking, growling, tail wagging, you name it!

Lily came out to play when Roxy arrived and it was clear that these dogs are a regular sight at The Oak Tree Inn because they got plenty of fuss (and the occasional belly-rub) from people walking past. The award for the best pub-dog name ever simply has to go to 'Guinness'!

Dinner at The Oak Tree Inn

This pub has some great offers when it comes to food and drink including things like 'Fish Friday' and 'Fizz Friday' (50% off bottles of Prosecco). Luckily, we were there on 'Steak Night' so we took advantage of the amazing offer for two sirloin steaks and a bottle of wine for just £29.95!! This was incredibly good value for money, especially considering that the food served is of a very high standard and beautifully presented.

Although the steak was delicious and very filling, I always have room for desert and couldn't resist finishing off the meal with this Wimbledon-inspired sundae!

The Oak Tree Inn places provenance at the forefront of its menu and they are incredibly proud to support local farmers. All of their produce is sourced locally and they have a passion for quality and sustainability. They also offer an extensive drinks menu which includes local ales, gins, beer, a selection of wine and seasonal cocktails.

Dog Friendly Rooms

There are three dog friendly rooms at The Oak Tree Inn Helperby, two are situated in the main building above the pub and the third is an annex to the rear of the property. This is the 'Hornbeam Room' and it's where we stayed with Elsa.

Inside the room we found a HUGE (and very comfortable) bed along with lots of little extras including tea and coffee making facilities, bottled Harrogate water, H2K toiletries and bath robes. All of the furnishings are very high quality and I was also very impressed with the pub-themed chandelier made out of wine glasses!

This room has wooden flooring throughout and the marble-tiled bathroom has luxurious under-floor heating. There is also a walk-in shower too, which is always handy for washing grubby little paws.

Canine guests also get their very own bed and blanket and Elsa was quick to make herself at home. She also enjoyed being able to sneak underneath the curtains to look out of the window and see what was going on outside...

The Hornbeam Room is large enough to accommodate a variety of different dog breeds and sizes, even something like a Newfoundland would be comfortable here - although they might need a slightly bigger dog bed! You also have the convenience of being able to take your dog straight outside without having to walk up and down stairs, or through the pub.

Breakfast is included in the price and you can help yourself to a selection of cereals, fruit, pastries, toast and juices while you wait for the chef to cook up a full Yorkshire breakfast. They have lots of other options available too including 'eggy bread' (french toast) which is one of my favourites! After breakfast we headed out for a short walk around town, looping back to The Oak Tree Inn where we sat outside and had another coffee before heading home.

We had a very memorable stay at The Oak Tree Inn thanks to the amazing hospitality along with great food and drink. This, combined with the gorgeous pub dogs that we met, truly created the winning atmosphere for a dog friendly pub!

Additional Information:

  • The Wi-Fi at The Oak Tree Inn is excellent!
  • There is a car park outside the main building, along with a large overflow just a short walk up the road, so you won't struggle to find a space.

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