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THE PENNY HAS DROPPED

beyond reports on the exciting re-opening  of an historic Wharfedale inn brought back to life after a sophisticated and sustainable refurbishment.

An historic inn that has been central to the Wharfedale village of Askwith, near Ilkley, for over 150 years is once again welcoming guests to dine, drink and enjoy luxury overnight accommodation.

Formerly known as The Askwith Arms and The Black Horse, the opening of The Penny Bun is a welcome sight after years of neglect and no expense has been spared to breathe new life into this iconic venue.

Taking its name from a delicious mushroom that is harvested by the inn’s chefs in the nearby woods, the pub was purchased in late 2022 by Denton Reserve Holdings Ltd, the owners of the nearby Denton Park Estate and for the past two years has undergone

a full refurbishment, including a deep sustainable retrofit to make sure it’s fit for the next 100 years and provide a comfortable and energy efficient place to drink, dine and stay.

And with its contemporary, stripped back design, stunning bedrooms, hidden corners and delicious menu, it is little wonder they have enjoyed a busy start since opening their doors in April.

When it comes to food, the menus are hyper-seasonal and under the reins of head chef Scott Hessel celebrate the best produce from the surrounding estate and across Yorkshire.

Scott, who won the Roux Scholarship in 1990 at the age of 19, went on to learn his craft in some of the UK’s & Europe’s finest kitchens, before returning to his roots in Yorkshire.

The Penny Bun Feb 2024

He combines this experience with the freshest local produce & regional specialities to serve food which is refined, yet gently rustic with a real sense of place.

He explained: “Here at The Penny Bun we are all about sustainability, local and seasonal menus with the emphasis on a pared back style of cooking. Over time as the Denton Reserve project becomes more established we will use the regenerative farms to grow more and more of our produce directly and we can’t wait for our customers to experience the excitement and immediacy of our farm to fork food straight from the land.”

Scott’s delicious food is complemented by the elegant new dining room and as well as fantastic food, The Penny Bun also offers guests the chance to stay in one of their five restful bedrooms designed in a simple yet sophisticated style.

The fixtures, fittings, and furniture in each room have been sourced from independent craftspeople or purpose-led companies that value sustainability and quality, such as Chapter Organics, an award-winning Yorkshire maker of botanical aromatherapy blends.

The launch of The Penny Bun is the first chapter for Denton Reserve, who have ambitious plans to develop Denton Hall into a stunning hotel development over the coming years and General Manager Andrew Creese is delighted to have brought new life back to such an historic and much-loved Yorkshire venue.

He said: “When we acquired this pub it was to showcase the best of the produce from the estate and to provide a great food and beverage experience for guests to enjoy.

The Penny Bun Feb 2024

“We are excited to have added bedrooms to the Penny Bun allowing guests to fully immerse themselves into every aspect of our ethos and give a taste of what is to come over the next few years. It is an exciting time and allows us to showcase a wonderful and unique addition to the local hospitality scene.”

With its cosy outdoor area where guests can enjoy incredible views across the Wharfe Valley The Penny Bun remains true to this history, whilst also focussing on innovative and sustainable ways of providing hospitality.

Bookings are now being taken for dining and introductory rates for accommodation via the website at pennybunilkley.co.uk.

The Penny Bun, West Lane, Askwith, nr Ilkley LS21 2JQ
T: 01943 243200 W: pennybunilkley.co.uk

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