Welcome to The Farmers Arms, Muker
A traditional Yorkshire Dales pub in the heart of Swaledale.
Important note - we will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays in January. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Remember when pubs used to be real pubs? Places where people would go to unwind and socialise with friends, drink good beer and eat hearty wholesome food....
The Farmers Arms at Muker still has that unspoilt charm. Situated within the stunning scenery and spectacular walking country of Upper Swaledale; this traditional Yorkshire Dales pub boasts a welcoming atmosphere and prides itself on its’ well-kept local ales and tasty homemade food, with a varied menu and specials board to cater for all appetites.. With an open fire and a stone-flagged floor; muddy boots and well behaved dogs are always welcome.
- A Warm Welcome
- Well-Kept Local Real Ales
- Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
- Good Home-Made Food
- Open from 11:30am.
- Food Service: 12-2:30pm - 6pm-8:30pm
- Traditional Sunday Roast
- Stone-Flagged Floor and Open Fire
- Dogs, Muddy Boots & Families Welcome
- A variety of spectacular walks for all abilities, from the doorstep
- Wheelchair Accessible - Click here for details.
- A Self-Contained Holiday Apartment - opposite the pub - perfect one might say!
- Facebook Page - for local updates, local holiday cottage late availability offers/cancellations, seasonal photos and events and what's more, you don't need to be registered with Facebook to visit our page. >>Click Here<< and scroll down to explore
Darren and Emily have been at the helm of The Farmers Arms at Muker since 2010, and moved from the next village of Thwaite. They are as passionate and as enthusiastic about Swaledale and The Farmers Arms as their visitors - so much so that they incorporated the walk from Keld, over Kisdon Hill, to The Farmers Arms at Muker on their wedding day in 2008, when owning the Farmers Arms was merely a dream.
“Upper Swaledale is one of those places that once you discover, you never want to leave. It is completely unspoilt, with quaint picturesque villages nestled between the hills and the scenery is just breathtaking. The Farmers Arms at Muker was, and still is, our favourite pub; and our philosophy is about preserving its history, traditions and its’ social atmosphere. The Farmers Arms is one of those rare species that are becoming harder and harder to find - a 'proper' pub.
We pride ourselves on our selection of superbly-kept local ales and excellent, yet reasonably priced, wines.
As for the food side of things, we're not a gastro pub - our food is what pub food always used to be about – tasty home cooking with no fancy frills, and good value for money. With the one exception of New Years Eve when it's 'bookings only' for evening food service, you will not find 'reserved' table signs, nor tables set for 'dining only' – we are not a restaurant. We do not take bookings (apart from NYE) but operate a first come first served basis as pubs always used to. If there are no tables available when you arrive, you'll be placed in a table queue - and if you're happy to share tables and meet new folk, then we can get you seated even quicker - you may even make new friends. It's what pubs are about, socialising and meeting new people. That is why we don't take kindly to prominent use of laptops, iPads, children's video games or indiscreet use of mobile phones - they all detract from the traditional pub atmosphere and the art of conversation. This way of thinking may not appeal to everyone, and we apologise to those we may offend by not giving out our 'WEP' key or reserving tables.
In essence, we offer great beer and good homemade pub food in a traditional pub atmosphere - we hope you choose to visit The Farmers Arms at Muker, and may you return again and again once you discover the secrets Upper Swaledale has to offer.”
- Darren and Emily Abbey
The village of Muker is a hidden treasure, a charming place, unchanged from centuries gone by and nestled between the hills of Upper Swaledale in the Northern Yorkshire Dales. Muker itself is a popular starting point for many varied walks for all abilities, views from which are breathtaking and as well as The Farmers Arms Pub, there's also Muker Tea Shop and Village Store, an art gallery and craft shop, and the famous Swaledale Woollens. The River Swale is not far away and is renowned for being the fastest flowing river in England. It is a very popular destination for experienced kayakers after heavy rainfall - and when it's a little calmer, it makes an ideal place for fishing.
So if you've yet to travel to Upper Swaledale; it's worth the journey!
Why not come and see us?