WEST WINDS YORKSHIRE TEAROOMS
Up the lane beside the Buck Inn Buckden • Upper Wharfedale
Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5JA 44-1756-760883
With the surrounding historic village of Buckden—trees and gardens in blossom, green dales rolling away into the distance, and a tidy patchwork of farmers’ fields all around—the views from West Winds’ garden enchant the eyes and capture the heart. This is a haven for walkers who hike the trails here, local families whose children can romp while their parents chat quietly over a cup of tea, and tourists from all over the world who love this charming stone cottage, its pretty garden in summer, and the crackling log fire in the hearth on chillier, blustery days.
This has been a tearoom on and off since the 1920s and is today owned and run by Lynn Thornborrow and Stephen Hounsham. Stephen grows the herbs that flavor the sandwich fillings; Lynn bakes all the cakes to favorite Yorkshire recipes; and together they serve wonderful lunches, afternoon teas, and cream teas, using local eggs, ham, beef, cheeses, and chutneys. The tea list includes powerful East African black supplied by Birchalls and other specialty teas such as Assam, Darjeeling, smoky Lapsang, various green teas, and herbal and fruit infusions. West Winds Tearooms is open from just before Easter each year until the end of October.