The Devonshire Fell

January is always a hard month to get through, as such, it was a welcome surprise to get an invitation to check out the Devonshire Fell.

The Fell is nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, hidden quite literally in the hills. The style is very different to its sister hotel the Devonshire Arms.

The hotel has more of a relaxed, contemporary and homely feel, a great mid- budget hideaway for couples.

All 12 rooms are individually styled and have breathtaking views of Burnstall and the River Wharfe. The hotel also has a very sizeable function room, Bistro restaurant and conservatory.

devonshire Fell

Driving up you can really understand why many couples choose the Devonshire Fell as their wedding venue. Walking in you cant help but to be drawn in by the log fire in the corner and comfy seats in the lobby.

As readers of this blog may know, my navigational skills leave a lot to be desired, but if you just pass the Devonshire Arms and carry on, five miles or so later you are rewarded, do not turn back !! The whole journey took me an hour with a stop off for petrol.

I stayed in room eight which was a good sized double room and was stocked with fresh popcorn and a slab of locally made chocolate cake along with other bits and pieces.

room bits devonshire fell

As a great fan of real coffee first thing in the morning-well anytime really. I was pleased that my room not only had a one cup cafetiere but was stocked with Grumpy Mule coffee.

Room eight devonshire Fell

A Ploughman’s lunch was served in the conservatory. The highlight would have had to be the Pork Pies which, were from local butchers Lishman in Ilkley.

Pork pies


If you love walking there are a lot of routes for you to try. I would definitely recommend a walk to the Craven Arms in Appletreewick. As well as a good stock of regional ales, If you do go, be sure to try your hand at the variety of old fashioned games they have, the Bull Ring game is very addicitve .


For a completely different mode of transport you need to try a ride with Yorkshire Trike Tours. The Company is run by husband and wife team Jason and Judith and offers bespoke tours of the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

Yorkshire trike tours

We were given a whistle stop tour of some of the highlights of the area that surroundings The Fell. Jason is so knowledgeable about the Dales and really puts you at ease with his historical facts and folk stories.


Even though it was cold the journey was so enjoyable, nothing beats the fresh air of the Yorkshire dales.

Dinner was served in the Bistro, created by Oliver Adams and his team at the Fell.

bistro devonshire fell

The Lamb kofta amuse bouche wins the award of the biggest I have ever had! Not complaining though. The light touch seasoning of the lamb helped to make the whole dish not too overpowering.

I loved the gem lettuce, it was only slightly blanched and still had a crunch to it.

The fennel crusted salmon we had for the fish course was one of my highlights, (thus the lack of photo).

The duck was done to perfection, the sweet silky sauce dotted with a cherry and baked fig. I could have eaten another portion with ease.

Goosenargh duck breast, smoked celeriac, caramelized figs, griottines cherries, Red wine gravy

I am not a fan of desserts but all you have to say is Creme Brûlée and I am sold.

The custard was smooth and had the flavours of apple coming through but no actual apples within it. This, I feel was a good call.

The addition of the intense apple sorbet and delicate fruit accompaniments gave a good amount of textures to the dish.

I would have preferred a bit more crunch on the top of my brûlée and felt that the base, although very nice, not was not needed for the dish.

The cheese course came the a selection of crispy breads, dried figs, grapes and Quince jelly and featured Yorkshire blue which is one of my favourites.

Feeling very full I retired to by bedroom.

I was woke up at 6:30 as I forgot to set the time on my phone alarm, but it did give me the chance to make a cup of coffee and admire the view from my room of the misty Yorkshire Dales.

Morning view Yorkshire dales

The Devonshire Fell
Burnsall Village
North Yorkshire
BD23 6BT

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