The Friars Head

Akebar, North Yorkshire, Bedale DL85LY
$$ English

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: Akebar, North Yorkshire, Bedale DL85LY
  • Cuisine: Bar-B-Q | English | French | Indian | Pizza |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Apple Pay | Google Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 1677 450201 Ext.2
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout Available, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Date Night,

Photos

The Friars Head - Lunch Menu The Friars Head - Sunday

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.56 out of 5 stars based on 355 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 17, 2022
Margaret S.
With two things not available, made the menu a bit limited for me.
Business Response:
Hi thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, unfortunately we are having some supplier issues at the moment but always try to offer an alternative. If you have a special diet or require certain food types please email me on [email protected] and I will ask Scott or Ryan to whip you something up. Regards Gavin

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 17, 2022
Glenda C.
Always enjoy The Friars Head, good food and good service. Lovely place. Only suggestion would be to maybe put citronella candles on the tables to deter the flies from joining us.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Apr 12, 2022
Vicky B.
What a nice venue and lovely staff, the children’s chicken nuggets and chips were lovely however we were disappointed by the roast dinners. The beef was fine it was the rest of the dinner that really let it down. It tasted like the Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes had been previously cooked and reheated from frozen, the Yorkshire puddings in particular were not nice to eat. Hopefully this feedback will help as everything else was so nice about the venue.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 02, 2022
Sally G.
Food was fabulous and so much of it! Such a lovely setting too

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 27, 2022
paula w.
Had a nice meal,food was good and staff were lovely

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 04, 2022
Margaret S.
Great service, lovely food. Would have been a bit chilly if hadn’t managed to get the seat by the fire. X

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 17, 2022
Julia D.
The Sunday dinner was amazing.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 02, 2022
SUSAN P.
Food was great and the staff were fantastic so friendly

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 12, 2021
John K.
As fairly regular customers, pre-Covid, it was good to be able to re-visit The Friar's Head once again, even though the current situation inevitably made the whole experience feel very different, with the noticeable lack of buzz when the restaurant used to be functioning more fully. However, the two members of staff who waited on us throughout our meal managed to help us relax, enjoy our meal, and for a brief time forget all about Covid and Boris Johnson - which in itself was a very welcome tonic!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 29, 2021
Cheryl W.
Nice food and friendly staff. Loved the decor.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2021
Colin W.
Food excellent and plenty of it, hot. Service efficient

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2021
Andrea W.
A stop off on our way home from a weekend away no complaints everything was lovely The whole party of 6 were impressed

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2021
Kirsty d.
Had a lovely meal Sunday, staff were welcoming and looked after us, food was delicious.. could do with a little background music but thats just my personal preference... fantastic.. thanks to all

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Carol S.
Everything was fantastic. The restaurant, atmosphere and food was really, really good but the friendliness and professionalism of the staff made it for me. The fish pie was genuinely one of the best I have ever had.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2021
david c.
Always great food and staff at the Friars Head. Many thanks to you all.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 26, 2021
Gillian T.
Excellent. Lovely staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Pep D.
Lovely food in a beautiful setting-definitely going back ….with my golf clubs!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 18, 2021
Louise B.
Sat outside so had to have the outdoor menu... Main menu offered a cheeseburger but if sitting outside you can only order a beef burger? Doesn't make sense your choice of food is limited because you chose to sit outside... Maybe 2 meters from a table inside? Would be nice if this was reflected online to customers are aware. On several trips to the bar there was no staff and customers waiting. Food was good though and didn't wait long for it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 05, 2021
Alaina M.
Amazing food, can’t wait to go back again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2021
Nicola M.
Everything was fantastic. The friendliness of staff, the surroundings and the food. Cant fault it and will definitely revisit ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2021
Hilary H.
Good place to stop for lunch on our way to the Lake District. Food and service very good and we have booked to stop there on our return next Saturday

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2021
Maria L.
First class and very quick service The best vegetables ever loved the cauliflower cheese had the lamb shank not the best I have had but was very good and excellent value Definitely recommend this place great atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2021
Sue S.
Beautiful place with a lovely atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. Fabulous food. Been before and will certainly make a return visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 05, 2021
Judith P.
Lovely to visit again this unique restaurant with beautiful decoration. Excellent food and service. Will be back .

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 30, 2021
Linda d.
Ed and Victor provided excellent service and made us very welcome. The food drinks and service in the resteraunt and bar was brilliant. We will be back to see you all again very soon. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 25, 2021
Susie E.
Excellent meal and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely return

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 03, 2022
Peter B.
Excellent service, great food... menu was a bit conservative but it is early season so not a problem. If we are in that area again would definitely book a visit. Excellent!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 31, 2021
Phil N.
Staff excellent

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 02, 2021
Theresa K.
Food was gorgeous we went for Sunday Lunch and got plenty. We were in holiday in the area and was very pleased with our choice. The building was very nice too

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 15, 2021
Lynn H.
Everything was great. As it was quite quiet being a Monday evening it would have been nice to have a little music playing to add to the ambience. Otherwise couldn’t fault it - great place, great food!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2021
Margaret S.
We were very pleased with everything, but we were in the conservatory and it was quite dark, there needs to more light !

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 09, 2021
Christine H.
Good food and friendly service

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 08, 2021
Lynn T.
Exceptionally nice, jolly and helpful waiter

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 22, 2021
Mark R.
Good quality food, reasonably priced and great service from Victor & his team.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 06, 2021
Donovan and Carol L.
We enjoyed our lunch. Both meals were hot and tasty accompanied by plenty of fresh vegetables. Charming and helpful manager. We will be back!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 14, 2021
Lawrence T.
Overall very good - food, drink and atmosphere. Service was a bit slow/ disjointed at times for a Monday and Tuesday nights (stayed at campsite) and no Yorkshire Puddings!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
May 17, 2022
Karen M.
Food was excellent and staff keen to make sure we were happy with everything. Unfortunately the experience was spoilt by the number of flies swarming around and trying to land on the food. Apologies about this and blaming the country location are fine but if you leave an outside door wide open next to the toilet area it is inevitable that there will be easy access for flies!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 24, 2022
Emma S.
Originally tried to book a table for 7.30 - however the only time available was 4.30. Took that booking and stayed at the restaurant until around 6.30. There was only one other table occupied whilst we were there. We would have much preferred a later booking. I’m not sure we would book again for this reason.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 06, 2021
Val K.
Good service, easy to book.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2021
Su R.
Really enjoyed a long afternoon catching up with family in the snug area. The food was great, the staff attentive and friendly. Thank you very much!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 28, 2021
Lindsay W.
Lovely atmosphere, service and food. We are vegan so had the vegan options from the main menu, which were very good. To improve, having vegan options for starters and desserts would be great.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 09, 2021
Glenda C.
Love The Friars Head and really pleased to return.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 05, 2021
David H.
The meal was spoilt by a fly or flies which kept buzzing us during the time we were there. Side Vegetables could be better. Large unpeeled carrots not very palatable. Fish pie needed prawns. On the plus side sausages very goo. as was local beer Semer Water.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 1/10
Ambience: 0/10
Value: 8/10
May 26, 2021
Alison W.
My curry was just a creamy dish not very hot in either meaning of the word. The chairs were not comfortable and the noise of the handdriers in the nearby toilets wasn't what we wanted to hear!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
May 27, 2022
Yvonne J.
Service a little slow, but staff very nice.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Dec 31, 2021
Jacky M.
The food was not as good as the last time we ate there even though we had the same! The fish pie was lovely last time we were there but this time it was very dry. I think it had been frozen then reheated My husband had another Cajun chicken burger but the burger bun was really dry as if that too had been frozen. We still enjoyed the ambiance and the service was very good with all staff pleasant and professional.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 11, 2021
Vanessa G.
The service was not good, the young waitress did not understand what ABV stood for when we asked the ABV percentage of the lagers The chair that one of our party was sat on outside, collapsed and the back sheered off, the waitress was taking our order at the time. I could not believe she said nothing, or asked if he was okay, she just glanced at him, and carried on taking the order. Our friend was quite upset of the lack of attention or an apology for the chair not been in good condition, he even had to get a replacement chair himself. It was such a shame as this was our first visit with these friends and even though the food was lovely, they were appalled at the lack of service and doubt they would return.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 22, 2021
Faye F.
Food was good but not great. There was only one waitress on our whole section of the restaurant and she was rushed off her feet. I felt she needed some help and support from her colleagues.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Jun 02, 2021
Alan F.
Expensive for the overall quality, which is something I would expect from a bar menu. The liquor coffee is overpriced! It was warm to cold and one could barely make out the liquor. Unfortunately I won't be returning or recommending to others.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
May 23, 2021
Keith J.
A limited menu is operating, and specifically no vegetarian options. But still an enjoyable experience