"Probably the most beautiful Dales Inn in the most beautiful of settings .... babbling streams, stunning hillsides, and charming stone-built cottages framed by beautiful gardens and well established trees". The quote comes from the website of the Fountaine Inn, Linton In Craven. Whilst there might be a few too many "beautifuls" for my liking, there is no denying that it is a grand pub in the best Yorkshire traditions. It overlooks a village green and a stone bridge over a rippling stream. You almost expect Robert Hardy dressed up as the vet Siegfried Farnon to come trundling over the bridge in a 1930s Austin : it's that kind of place, all very All Creatures Great And Small.
The pub itself is a lovely place with a series of small rooms and a substantial dining room at the back. There is a good selection of food on offer and a fine selection of beers. I had a pint of Thwaites' Wainwright. Named after the great Lakeland writer, Wainwright is a lovely, light golden colour with a hint of sweetness and a dash of citrus flavours. It was a really nice pint in a really nice pub. Beautiful in fact.