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The Sawley Arms

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Sawley | Fountains Abbey Sawley, Ripon North Yorkshire, Sawley HG4 3EQ, England
+44 1765 620642
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Decided to stop off on impulse whilst travelling in the area. We were surprised to find a well furnished, friendly establishment that had been recently given a very attractive and effective makeover. We were greeted by staff and customers in a very friendly manner to such an extent that we decided to stay for a light dinner. The menu has... More 

1 Thank PedroDubai
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the reviews we were looking forward to eating in this lovely location.The staff were great and the restaurant had nice feel about with fires burning in the background.At the time of our visit the place was busy with the usual Sunday lunch trade and we waited nearly an hour before eating. I personally felt that the food was not... More 

Thank Clive S
Bury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As soon as we walked we noticed the lovely décor. Lots of attention has been paid to making this restaurant very classy. The service was friendly and the food was excellent. We came across it on our return journey to Bury from Fountains Abbey. Will certainly visit again.

Thank 64Christine
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I Visited The Sawley Arms recently with my Girlfriend we told the Landlord we would just have a drink and look at the Menu and we wanted to pay but he said no its fine he would set up a tab so we said ok but we felt this was pressure to order food.We viewed the menu The Meals were... More 

1 Thank big_rog1
Ripon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal with friends on Friday evening; good service and food in very pleasant surroundings. We shall return.

Thank hugobear2016
Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We just had a fantastic evening meal at the Sawley Arms. I chose a beautiful Monkfish dish from the specials menu, wrapped in Parma ham, and served with sautéed potatoes and peas... it was absolutely delicious! My wife had an equally well presented ribeye steak meal with a scrumptious blue cheese sauce. It was a great meal accompanied by excellent... More 

Thank RJJ4927
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in on the off chance as was working down the road as there was a sign out side offering home made take away fish and chip. I was most disappointed what I was given it was worst then a cheap frozen microwave meal

Thank Muddy D
Nathan S, General Manager at The Sawley Arms, responded to this review

Dear Muddy D Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent experience at The Sawley Arms. I am disappointed to read that you feel our takeaway fish & chips did not meet your expectations. All of the food that we serve at The Sawley Arms is cooked to order using fresh ingredients and where ever possible, locally sourced produce. The... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Sawley Arms for lunch last week. Friends had recommended it to us but we had never been before. The Sawley is in an attractive location and with the sun shining it was a pleasant drive from Ripon. The menu, while not over long, provided good choices. I noticed that the pub also offered sandwiches at lunch time... More 

Thank HolidayTraveller595
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for Sunday lunch. Offered a table in conservatory area and presented menus at the same time as a drinks order was taken. Very attentive and professional staff. Sunday lunch menu "TDH" had a great choice of starters - everything from Scallops to antipasta sharing platter - mains also great choices - 3 choices of roast meats, fish dishes... More 

1 Thank noeldobbin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the Sawley Arms on the last night of our stay in North Yorkshire. We were very impressed. The food was excellent. The pub has recently been refurbished and has a very cosy interior. However, the toilets are more like shopping centre toilets rather than those of a country pub. That said, the food was good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sawley | Fountains Abbey Sawley, Ripon North Yorkshire, Sawley HG4 3EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Sawley
  • Phone Number: +44 1765 620642
The Sawley Arms is a 17th Century Village Pub located in the village of Sawley near Fountains Abbey and Ripon.We offer a wide range of English dishes using the best of local North Yorkshire and seasonal produce and have daily special dishes featuring local game and seasonal fish.The Sawley Arms has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment which has allowed the property to retain its original features and provide the modern comfort of a 21st century operation.There are attractive patios and gardens to enjoy outside dining and drinking as well as a Conservatory, Summerhouse and Private Dining Room to cater for small private parties for up to 20 people.To complement the menu, there is an extensive wine list and a selection of local cask ales and lagers.Booking is recommended at peak times such as weekends and the Sawley Arms offers a range of Christmas menus for the Festive Season.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?