Approaching Timble is like driving into one of Keith Melling’s beautiful paintings of the picturesque Yorkshire countryside. There are narrow, winding roads edged with dry stone walling and breathtaking views across the slopes of the Washburn valley. The Timble Inn is the only pub that you’ll find in this quintessential English village and the 18th-century coaching inn blends-in effortlessly with its surroundings. Although the exterior of the building has remained relatively untouched over the years, the interior has been transformed into a cosy hideaway with a tasteful ‘English country’ theme to complement the architecture.
Paws at The Timble Inn
The Timble Inn holds a 5 star Silver Award from the AA for their guest accommodation, signifying ‘a superior level of quality along with high standards of hospitality, service and cleanliness’. They have nine tastefully decorated rooms, two of which are dog friendly and can be conveniently accessed directly from the front of the property.
Most people would be thrilled to see a chilled bottle of champagne or box of chocolates waiting for them on arrival (and these special touches can be added on request), but we were absolutely delighted to find that our room had a dog bowl, towels and a bed throw all laid out for our arrival!
This combination of items is actually incredibly thoughtful; anyone who travels with their dog will know how horrid it can be to have to pack up damp dog towels and take them home with you, dog bowls can be bulky to carry around and we’ve never stayed anywhere that has included a throw for the bed before.
These simple accessories really helped us to settle Elsa into the room. She loved having a big drink of fresh Yorkshire water from the bowl and when she came up for air, her entire face drenched, we were able dry her off without any fuss thanks to the towels that were provided for her use.
The rooms also have everything that you would expect from five star accommodation including eco-friendly toiletries by H2k, Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes, slippers, biscuits, tea & coffee, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included in the price and the Inn also offers free parking to guests.
Dining at The Timble Inn
All of the tables are set neatly with napkins and silverware, even in the snug area where dogs are welcome to join their owners provided that the Inn is not too busy.
Due to space constraints during peak times throughout the evenings and weekends, the Inn can become a little crowded and unfortunately they are not always able to accommodate dogs in the seating areas at mealtimes.
If you are planning on making a special trip for a meal then it would be advisable to call ahead and book a table anyway, and always best to double-check if your dog will be able to join you before you travel.
Guests staying at the Inn are permitted to leave their dogs in their room while they eat, as long as the dogs are happy to be left alone for a short period.
The service at The Timble Inn was outstanding and it’s clear that they take a lot of pride in providing the best possible experience to their guests.
I’m fairly certain that if it was busy and you could not dine with your dog or if your dog was uncomfortable with being left alone, they would be able to offer room-service.
Luckily it was a quiet Wednesday evening when we visited and Elsa was on her best behaviour, so we were able to sit in the snug with her...
The immaculate tableware was a good indication that we were in for a treat with the food. The portions were just the right size and even my simple ‘gammon and chips’ was presented beautifully. It was almost a shame to destroy my Jenga-style chip tower - but needs must! This was no ordinary pub-grub and it’s no wonder that The Timble Inn has also been awarded two Rosettes by the AA for Culinary Excellence!
We also sampled some of the local Yorkshire tipple: Whittaker’s Gin for me, Black Sheep Bitter for my other half and a fresh bowl of water for Elsa.
One of the highlights of visiting a pub like this one is that they select their suppliers very carefully, taking pride in sourcing ingredients and beverages from the local area wherever possible, so you can really get a taste of Yorkshire at this Inn!
Paws across Timble and beyond....
If you’re looking for a good walk then we’d suggest heading to Swinsty & Fewston Reservoirs.
For dogs with shorter legs, or those who tire easily (Elsa ticks both of these boxes!) the Swinsty Moor car park is only a short drive away, but there is a small charge to park there. The water levels seemed to be quite low due to the blistering summer that we’ve had and the overflow was completely bone dry. Despite the warm weather, we found a lovely shady path to walk along with Elsa that cut back through the forest to the car park.
There are lots of other places to explore nearby: Harrogate is only 20 minutes away and it takes approximately an hour to get to York from Timble. We would have liked to have visited Brimham Rocks, but unfortunately it was too hot to take Elsa out walking so this is on our list for the next time that we are in the area!
After our meal we decided to make the most of the beautiful, warm summer evening and explored Timble with Elsa. Set in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you don’t have to walk far from The Timble Inn to see spectacular views. Elsa was far more interested in making some new friends with the local livestock…
The Timble Inn is not the sort of place that you will find ramblers with muddy boots and soggy dogs; it’s somewhere to go to for an indulgent, romantic getaway where you can enjoy delicious food and relax in a peaceful Yorkshire village.
- The Timble Inn is closed on Monday and Tuesday every week, except bank holidays when they open for lunch.
- There is an extra charge of £20 per night to stay at the Inn with your dog.
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