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Pub Review: Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

Updated: Apr 27

Go to Church Houses for the "yellow trumpets of spring"*; return every season for the great beer, food and hospitality at the Feversham Arms Inn.

Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

Daffodil walk Farndale: Low Mill to Church Houses

What to expect at Feversham Arms

Feversham Arms is situated in the Valley of Farndale, part of the spectacular North York Moors National Park. With its stunning scenery and wildlife, the area is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, or anyone wanting to marvel in North Yorkshire’s natural beauty. Farndale is known as ‘Daffodil Dale’ due to the hundreds of thousands of wild daffodils that bloom each spring. It’s a truly spectacular display, this "host of golden daffodils"**, that we make the effort to enjoy every year, following the linear ‘Daff Path’ that connects hamlets Low Mill and Church Houses (3.5 miles there and back in total). And, upon reaching Church Houses, a pint or two in the Feversham Arms is customary.

Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

Whatever the season, though, the Feversham Arms is a real treat. In this traditional country pub, restaurant and inn, the top-quality beer, food and hospitality are guaranteed. The cosy central bar, complete with an open fire in colder months, is flanked by two spacious dining rooms overlooking majestic views of the valley and an ample beer garden. Owners Rachel and Alan Forster take great pride in their business, for which they were recognised in September 2023 with the award of York CAMRA’s Town & Country Pub of the Season. If you’d like to stay, three en suite bedrooms and a standalone holiday cottage are available.

Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

What’s to drink at Feversham Arms?

Feversham Arms has two or three rotating cask ales and, when we visited, beers from some of our favourite Yorkshire breweries were on tap: Timothy Taylor’s (Keighley) Boltmaker, Theakston (Masham) Quencher and Helmsley Brewing Co.’s brilliant pale ale, Striding the Riding. The inn has an excellent reputation for the quality of its beers. Premium ciders and lagers are also on offer, as well as a good choice of wines, spirits, soft drinks and hot drinks.

Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

What’s to eat at Feversham Arms?

At Feversham Arms you can expect just the sort of hearty, homemade Yorkshire food that you’d be in the mood for after a long walk in the Dales. Local suppliers are used to source the best-quality ingredients. Choices include game pie; slow-cooked belly pork with black pudding mash; mixed grill; and freshly-battered cod with proper homemade chips. Lighter options (e.g., soups and sandwiches) and a children’s menu are available, too; and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets are catered for. The menu can be viewed here.

What’s on at Feversham Arms?

Feversham Arms holds pub quizzes a few times a year – charity nights in aid of the wonderful Saint Catherine’s Hospice, which provides free-of-charge care and support to adults with terminal illnesses and their families throughout North and East Yorkshire. You can read more about this fantastic organisation here. Other charity evenings and live music are also hosted occasionally. Stay up to date with what’s going on at Feversham Arms by following their Facebook page.


Where can I find Feversham Arms?

Feversham Arms is in the tiny hamlet of Church Houses in the Farndale Valley, which forms part of the stunning North York Moors National Park. Kirbkymoorside is the closest town, around a 20-minute drive away. It’s an hour from York, 40 minutes from Middlesbrough and approximately 45 minutes from Whitby. Parking is available behind the inn and, if you’re doing the Daffodil Walk, (best experienced from mid-March to mid-April, depending on weather and climate conditions), Low Mill Car Park is the starting point. From there, it’s well-signposted.


Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses

Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses: Summary

-          Traditional country pub

-          Great quality, homemade food

-          Great beers and ales

-          Dog-friendly

-          Open fire

-          Large beer garden

-          Beautiful views

-          Located in the North York Moors National Park

-          Handy spot on the Farndale Daffodil Walk

-          Carpark

-          Rooms available

-          Charity quiz nights

Where can I find out more information or make a reservation?

For information on opening times and upcoming events, follow Feversham Arms Inn on Facebook and check out their website. To dine, walk-ins are welcome, but booking is recommended during busy periods; call 01751 433206 to make a reservation. If you’d like to reserve a room, give them a call or email



Where’s your favourite pub on the North York Moors? Let us know and give us recommendations for our next blog review!

*Quote by poet Richard L. Ratcliff

**Quote from I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth

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