I love a proper pub, which is why I was delighted to discover The Dante Arms. Even better, it’s in Middleham, which is one of my favourite day out destinations.
It’s a sister pub to the Richard III, another great, independent hostelry just a few doors down, and takes its name from Dante, the last horse in northern England to win the Derby. That was 1945 and he was trained in Middleham. The name is a thoughtful touch and is indicative of the care and attention to detail paid by the owners Sharon and Ken.
Like the Richard III, The Dante Arms is warm and cosy with as real log fire, throws, cushions and low level lighting.
The food is proper pub grub – it’s well made and there’s plenty of it. Starters are from £5 and a main from £9. There are all the classics along with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
If you don’t want to drink and drive, you can stay in one of the eight rooms – all look lovely with most named after famous horses.
We ended up in The Dante Arms after a walk around Middleham and up on the gallops. A big part of what makes Middleham special is the many racing yards in and around the town. You’ll often see the stable staff and some of the top jockeys riding out. It’s a wonderful scene. Let’s hope a horse from Middleham can make it a Derby double then Sharon and Ken can name their next pub after it!