Our En-suite Room Reviews:


First Visit but not the Last

We found this hotel purely by accident and were very surprised by the place to say the least. We have stayed in "posh" hotels that have not come anywhere near this standard. The accommodation was first class in comfort and décor and every little thing was catered for. The food and service were also exemplary and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. We haven't enjoyed a hotel stay so much in the UK before. We will certainly go again when the opportunity arises.


Lovely Cottage Room

We stayed here for 1 night on a Saturday - the room was gorgeous and very comfortable - can tell it had been recently renovated with good quality furnishings. Easy check in at the bar in the pub, and very quiet surroundings too. About 5min drive to Fountains Abbey (definitely a must see!)
We ate in the pub on the evening- food and drinks were very good too.
Would recommend!


Very Comfortable

Extremely comfortable room, warm and cosy, pristine new bathroom and nice products. Our daughter loved her special bed in the family room. Breakfast was generous and tasty. The garden outside is beautifully kept. Definitely recommend.


Our Pub & Restaurant Reviews:


Excellent Sunday Lunch

Visited The Sawley Arms for Sunday lunch having pre booked a table which l would recommend you do. The welcome and atmosphere were friendly and relaxing. We were served with a first class starter and main course both of which were well cooked and presented. Good sized portions left no room for a sweet but those served to fellow diners near us all looked tempting. There was a good selection of beers and wines, the wines by the glass were somewhat pricy but to be fair were good quality. Overall a very positive experience, and l would recommend eating here.


Best Roast By Far

After a mooch round Ripon most places fully booked due to remembrance Sunday, then a good walk round Fountains Abbey we were ready for food. This gem came recommended by a lady at the Abbey. The roast was by far the best roast dinner we have had in a long long time. Beautifully cooked with the crispiest crackling. The sticky toffee pudding was something else!!!!!! Absolutely delicious. The restaurant was spotless and so cosy. The staff very accommodating and friendly. We shall definitely be coming back.


Good Food in lovely location

"We ate here twice whilst staying at nearby Fountains Abbey and found the food and service very good on both occasions. The staff were friendly and helpful; the menu was varied; the atmosphere relaxing - all in all, one of the best pubs we have eaten in."




"We enjoyed our experience very much as soon as we stepped out the car. As the setting was lovely & your landscape was so well maintained & laid out. From the well trimmed & pruned garden to the disabled symbol embedded in to the concrete floor tile. Such a big & welcoming area too. 

Then we were greeted with a friendly hello & offered a drink before promptly being seated. My only complaint was the headache the menu gave us, as choosing what to have was tough - made even tougher after seeing what was coming out of the kitchen. 

We were very happy with our choices though, as the food was AMAZING! Cooked to perfection! The wives pastry & blue cheese sauce were incredible (even let me try some it was SO good). My meat was very tender & juicy & well presented on a bed of rice & chorizo. Even the side order of salad was unexpectedly easy to eat & made getting one of my 5 a day a doddle. 

Anyway I just wanted to say a huge thank you for having us & congratulations on a job well done! From my initial email enquiry to leaving your establishment it was a first class service from beginning to end. 

So keep up the great work everyone & thanks again for all your hard work & hospitality."



Perfect location, lovely staff, great local meat, relaxing hotel, feel like home

"What a nice find that absolutely exceeded our expectations. We chose this place for its great location at Yorshire dales and just 25 minutes walk (5 min drive) from Fountains Abbey – what an amazing place on earth! The Sawley Arms became our home for several days and they truly make you feel like at home from the first moment you walk in. It all starts with an amazing breakfast in the morning and ends with a wonderful dinner from local ingredients. The 8oz Rib-Eye Steak steak was just perfect, the duck had a very tasty sauce, and in general – the meat from local producers is the top quality, fresh and the chef respected our preferences when ordering the food. He also walked out from the kitchen once in a while to talk to us and to make sure that everything is OK. Combine the delicious food, the lovely staff and the great location with such a comfortable bed and magical rooms and I don’t have to think twice about my next trip to Yorkshire."



Very Helpful staff and lovely meal.

"Following the recommendation by staff at fountains abbey, we had a last minute early evening meal at the sawley arms. Staff more than happy to accomodate a party of 9, with prompt service and excellent drink recommendations. Good choice of adult and kids meals."


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The Sawley Arms, Sawley
Fountains Abbey
Ripon,North Yorkshire, HG4 3EQ, UK
+44(0)1765 620 642