Eat & Drink

Stay in with your own licenced bar and private chef or venture out either locally or further afield for an abundance of cuisine choice.

Although you have your own licenced bar on-site and an option for private chef, you can venture out to local villages, York or Selby for an abundance of restaurants and bars.


York boasts it’s very own Michelin star restaurant and there are many other fabulous restaurants to choose from.  But you don’t have to venture far, local villages have some great pubs and restaurants and there is a bus that runs from the barns to both York and Selby to enjoy a night out.

Private Dining or Pop-up Village Restaurant

For groups of 10 or more, you have the option to hire a private chef to the barns.  Alternatively, there is a ‘pop-up’ in the village called ‘The Shed’ which is subject to availability.  Contact us.

Pubs with food

Both the Castle Inn at Cawood and it’s sister pub The Drovers Arms at Skipwith are great pubs for some good beer and Sunday dinners or evening meals.

Recommended Specialty Local Restaurants

Burro Italian restaurant in Riccall which is a 3 minute drive is fantastic.  Highly recommended.

As is the Rythre Arms Steak House at Ryther which is a 5 minute drive.  If you like steak, this place is a must.

Pubs & Bars

You have your own on-site licenced bar in ‘The Long Hall’ but there are some great pubs within walking distance for you to enjoy.

The Ferry Inn is a 16th century pub at the riverside in Cawood.  It is at the end of a 25 min walk down the riverbank from the barns.

The Castle Inn at Cawood and Drovers Arms at Skipwith have great food.

Delicatessen and Groceries

The Pickled Postie at both Cawood and Riccall has freshly prepared food and basic groceries and craft beer and wine for sale.

We accept home delivery supermarket shopping prior to your arrival and there is also a welcome basket of groceries and wine/Prosecco on arrival.

At Riccall there is a Co-op supermarket and there are supermarkets at Selby and York.

Fancy staying in?

You don’t need to venture out to have a wonderful meal! We have some great options for dining in and can arrange professionally cooked food to be delivered straight to your table.

Trip Advisor Travellers Choice - Best of the best

Absolute perfection is a rare find, until now. The attention to detail to ensure guests feel welcome is outstanding. Every room is a delight to spend time in and to return to after a day out discovering the area. Congratulations on the thoughtful renovations, superb quality furnishings and special touches in the Grand Barn! A memorable stay for all the right reasons.

Rachel P

Thank you Brigita for a wonderful stay! Never have we slept so well as we have here at The Dovecote – such a relaxing setting. Welcome basket after a long journey was amazing – so much thought has been put into making our stay so enjoyable. Will definitely be back and have no hesitation in recommending Dovecote Barns.

Sandie M

What a lovely location to spend a short break with family. The Hay Barn is just perfect and has everything you need for lazy days and relaxing evenings. Ideal location for visiting York but allowing you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. Brigita has turned this into an idyllic retreat.

Sharp & Parr Family

It has been so good to be back again! This is a beautiful and cosy place to stay and is as perfectly equipped as the other barns. Thank you for making the visit so comfortable and welcoming, it felt like coming home.

Sue M
Award winning luxury breaks.

Find out more

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