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Meet the Team Monday: Introducing Thomas!

It’s time for another Meet the Team Monday! This month we are delighted to introduce you to Thomas, one of our fab front of house team. Thomas has been with us now for 4 years so if you have visited the bar or restaurant we are sure you will recognise him.


Thomas is a local lad and currently lives in Leyburn but is originally from Aysgarth. Thomas says his biggest achievement to date has been getting into University.


We asked Thomas what he would recommend to visitors from our menu, his top pick is Fish and Chips or Steak but says it is a difficult decision as everything tastes so good! Thomas is a fantastic cook himself and his signature dish is spaghetti Bolognese cooked from scratch, when he has the time.


Thomas loves to travel and has lots of trips planned for this year and next, including Berlin and Lisbon and fingers crossed New York too. His favourite spot In the Dales, besides the Saddle Room of course, is taking a drive over Buttertubs where the views are simply stunning.


If Thomas could banish three things to room 101 they would be, speed cameras, slow internet and all things Brexit.


We hope you have enjoyed finding out about Thomas and the next time you visit the Saddle Room be sure to say hello.

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Meet the Team Monday: Introducing Casey!

Meet Casey! Casey has been working with us for four months as part of the Front of House team and she is also one of our fantastic bartenders.


Casey is originally from Leyburn and in her spare time when she is not working loves to dance, her favourite quote is: “A dancer doesn’t need a stage, only a sole!”


If you are popping over to The Saddle Room for a meal, Casey recommends you try the Breast of Duck with a carrot puree and a Port Sauce as it is her favourite thing on our menu. To accompany it, Casey’s favourite drink is a glass of Rose or a Raspberry and Rhubarb liqueur. When she is not eating at The Saddle Room Casey can rustle up a mean Tagliatelle and considers that to be her signature dish.


No visit to the Tupgill Estate would be complete without exploring the Forbidden Corner, so we asked Casey if she had any tips for visitors to the attraction and she said,
“Try not to get lost!!” Wise words indeed! Casey would also recommend that visitors went to Lightwater Valley if they were looking for fun things to do in the area.


Finally, to get to know Casey a bit better we asked her to let us know her biggest pet peeves that she would love to see banished to Room 101. Casey would banish Bus Lanes.


We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Casey a little bit more. We will be updating our staff profiles monthly so check back next month to meet another member of our wonderful team.

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Meet the Team Monday: Introducing Jess!

Meet Jess! Jess is a waitress and works as part of our hardworking front of house team in the Restaurant and bar.

Jess joined The Saddle Room team in 2014 and was with us for a year before taking a break and re-joining in June of last year. Jess loves working at The Saddle Room as it has meant she has gained her own independence and has been able to move out on her own.

If you are visiting The Saddle Room for a meal the dish that Jess recommends you try is the Cheddar and Bacon Burger served with truffle and parmesan fries. In her own words,

“You will never go home hungry with this dish and the truffle and parmesan fries are to die for!!”

Given the choice of a drink to accompany her favourite dish on the menu, Jess would always choose a classic from our menu, a Sloegasmix! This is a combination of sloe gin and prosecco and is perfect for sipping outside on our terrace on sunny days.

Jess’ favourite quote is ‘Work hard to play hard’ and she intends to do just that, with holidays planned this year to Lanzarote, Marbella, Majorca and a trip to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

No visit to the Tupgill Estate would be complete without exploring the Forbidden Corner, we asked Jess if she had any tips for visitors to the attraction and she said,

“Don’t forget to look in the picnic area and fishing pond! You don’t know what is hiding in there!!”

Other than the Forbidden Corner and The Saddle Room, Jess would recommend that visitors to the area plan a trip to Aysgarth Falls. Aysgarth Falls are stunning waterfalls on the River Ure just a short drive from the Tupgill Estate.

Lastly, we asked Jess top to let us know her biggest pet peeves that she would love to see banished to Room 101. Jess would love to see Cancer banished for good, if you would too why not make a donation to one of the many fabulous charities working hard to find cures to Cancer, as well as baked beans!

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Jess a little more. Keep an eye out on our website for more staff profiles!

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Take a Virtual Tour of The Saddle Room!

We are more than a little bit excited about our new 360 tour that allows you to explore our wedding venue, restaurant and beautiful accommodation from the comfort of your couch!


Our virtual tour will take you on a walkthrough of the stunning Bell Barn, our cosy bar and restaurant as well as behind the key access to our B & B rooms and self-catering cottages ahead of your visit. This is perfect for anyone planning a Holiday with us and would like to get an up-close look at their room before checking in. Maybe you have booked the impressive Bell Barn for your wedding and you can’t wait to show the space to your guests, the virtual tour means friends and family from across the country can share in your excitement without having to make the trip to Yorkshire before the big day!


Head to our virtual tour now and be sure to look out for points of interest along the way where you can learn all about our locally sourced ingredients, ales and complimentary welcome drinks in our rooms!

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Wedding Fair a Huge Success Despite the Weather!

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all the beautiful future brides and grooms and exhibitors who made their way to our Wedding Fair on Saturday, despite the cold weather and snow!


The event was a huge success with one comment from one Bride saying “it was the best fair they had ever been to!”. We had lots of wonderful vendors on hand offering advice and displaying all the extra touches that help make your wedding day truly special.


We have had lovely feedback from everyone who attended, compliments being paid to our goody bag full of wedding treats!


The fair really showcased what a spectacular wedding venue we have here at the Saddle Room, it’s no surprise that we are nearly fully booked for weddings this year already!


We hope the event was helpful with your wedding planning and look forward to welcoming you to future Saddle Room events.


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The White Rose Awards 2017

What a night we had at the White Rose Awards! The Saddle Room team are nursing hangovers this morning after a night of very well-deserved celebration at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards.
We were nominated in the Best Inns & Restaurants with Rooms Award after being shortlisted from 200 entrants. Whilst we didn’t take home the award last night, we feel tremendously proud to have made the final and to see our name listed alongside some truly fantastic Yorkshire Businesses.
This tops off what has been a fantastic 2017 for all the staff at The Saddle Room and we are already excited to continue to grow and progress in 2018, watch this space…

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Chef De Partie Position

Are you looking for a new challenge and the reward of working as part of a top-class kitchen team at one of the best restaurants in the Yorkshire Dales?


We are looking for a Chef de Partie to join the Saddle Room kitchen brigade. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding of the hospitality sector and a love for working with fresh, local, ingredients to create outstanding seasonal dishes.


As well as the opportunity to work alongside our talented kitchen team producing grand honest food you will also enjoy a number of staff benefits that include:


  • 28 holidays per annum (including bank holidays)
  • The opportunity to gain further work place qualifications
  • Live in accommodation including utilities for £25 per week
  • Share of the gratuities
  • Reduced rates on accommodation and food and beverages for family and friends


Filling this position will also allow us to move one step closer of a four-day working week for all kitchen staff.


If you are interested in applying please go to With a short bit about yourself and why you would like to take on this exciting new challenge!

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5 Reasons to Book your Wedding at The Saddle Room

1.      You can choose from a variety of venues on the Estate

One of the best things about having your wedding here at the Tupgill Estate is the amazing choice of venues each with their own unique charm and character. We have our newly refurbished Bell Barn with a stunning feature fireplace to dazzle your guests or for something a little less ordinary for a pre wedding day dinner is our quirky wine cellar with vaulted ceilings and hidden passage… For smaller wedding parties we also have the Hayloft that boasts beautiful views across the Estate or our Fishing Temple that is an impressive backdrop for wedding photos.


2.      Delicious catering packages tailored to you!

One of the most important elements of any wedding is the food and this is where we believe we excel. Our wedding menus are delicious and inventive and tailored to suit your tastes. From impressively presented canapes to three course fine dining, we look to create a menu both you and your guests will never forget.


3.      You can incorporate the award winning Forbidden Corner attraction into your day

Anyone who has visited the Forbidden Corner will tell you there is no other place quite like it! The attraction is a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies all more creative and surprising than the next. We know that more and more couples are looking for something a little extra from their wedding day and their wedding photography and the photo opportunities at the Forbidden Corner are endless!


4.      Our accommodation is perfect for out of town guests

There’s nothing that kills the mood at a wedding more than guests panicking to be ready for prearranged transport to their accommodation after the reception, or worse, frantically trying to arrange taxis! We think everyone should be able to have a fun filled day and evening too and have a range of beautifully appointed rooms on the Estate (and within stumbling distance!) from our wedding venues. We also have Self Catering options for guests who with bigger family groups who would all like to stay together.


5.      Our wedding package includes an on-site Wedding Coordinator!

Let’s face it, Wedding planning is stressful! At The Saddle Room we think wedding planning should be an enjoyable experience and our staff are here to make that possible. Rachel, our on-site wedding coordinator has helped countless couples organise every detail of their big day. Here is what one bride had to say about her wedding with us…


“Ria thank you so much for all your hard work in the many months leading up to our day, you have been so lovely and huge thanks to the rest of your team every one of you have been amazing! Rachel thank you so much for your attention to detail you’re a perfectionist and the barn looked incredible!”


If you are planning your wedding and would like to know more about our packages why not call our team, or better yet, plan a visit and experience the magic yourself!


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Adam and Laura’s Wedding

There is a phrase by Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu that perfectly sums up Laura and Adam,


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”


Laura and Adam are a very special couple who recently tied the knot here at The Saddle Rooms. In 2013 Adam was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei and given only weeks to live. After hearing about a pioneering surgery Adam and Laura took the decision for Adam to undergo the same procedure.


Adam underwent a gruelling 17 hour surgery performed by a skilled team of 30 people that involved replacing Adam’s pancreas, spleen and stomach.  Adam is one of only 4 people in the world to survive this intense surgery and is a true testament to his strong and determined character and their love as a couple.


This May Adam and Laura were married in our beautiful new Bell Barn in a ceremony that left no dry eyes. Their friends and family did a fantastic job of decorating the venue and the weather was perfect on the day.


We are very humbled to have been chosen as the venue for this extremely special day and wish the happy couple all the best for their future together.

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Finalists in the White Rose Awards!

We are delighted to announce that we are finalists in this year’s prestigious White Rose Awards run by Welcome to Yorkshire!

The awards are the biggest celebration of Tourism in the UK recognising excellence in 17 categories and the best businesses in Yorkshire.

We have been nominated in the best Inns & Restaurants with Rooms Award and are humbled to be shortlisted with other fantastic businesses in the area.

Judges for this year’s awards have remarked on the tough job they will face judging this year’s categories ahead of the awards later in the year.

“With so many strong entries, shortlisting was very difficult this year. Choosing the eventual winners is going to be really tough.” – Colin Mellors, chair of the White Rose Award judges

“The quality of this year’s entries has been exceptional and makes me feel hugely proud of all the brilliant work going on in tourism in the county. It’s an honour to be part of these awards that recognise the many businesses and organisations that make Yorkshire such an amazing destination.” – Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

The Saddle Room team are all looking forward to the glitzy award ceremony later in the year!