The ancient pub has origins which date back to the 15th century and was almost certainly a drovers’ inn.
Most of the inn that we see today was added later in the early 18th century serving the farming communities around Hetton and Rylstone. Some local village residents can still remember when it was a traditional farmhouse pub in the 1950s.
The Angel became well known as a traditional dining pub in the 60s
with customers driving some distance for its popular deep fried whitebait, ham and eggs and steak and chips but the owners moved on,
the food service and standards slipped into mediocrity and customers voted with their feet.
In 1983 Denis and Juliet Watkins bought the then struggling Angel Inn,
having moved from Bristol, where Denis had been General Manager of two large successful hotels.
Whilst in Bristol Denis also had a major hand in the conception, and execution of, Britain’s first ever World Wine Fair in 1978 which went on
to become an annual event and is now held in London.
Denis and Juliet caused a cultural revolution in the Dales
and helped change the face of pub food throughout Britain when, in 1985, they did away with chips
and served mangetout and fresh new potatoes with every dish going out into the bar.
This marked a pivotal turning point in which Denis would fulfil his dream of people being able to find “good food and great value for money”
and a move away from chicken in a basket, scampi and chips and other cooked from frozen wares.
Passionate about wine, Denis introduced one of the most extensive lists of wine by the glass in the country
and was one of the first pubs to make the selection of interesting wines an integral part of the pub dining experience.
In 1998 Denis was awarded a “Catey” award, the equivalent of an Oscar in the catering industry, for the best Pub Operator in the country
which was closely followed by Yorkshire Life’s first Lifetime Achievement award.
Sadly Denis died in July of 2004 – a great loss to the industry, customers, his staff and most of all his family.
On his death journalists captioned him as the “Godfather of the Gastropub”.
Today, with the help of Finance Director Joanne Byrne and Marketing and Front of House Director,
Juliet’s son Pascal, Juliet continues to drive the Angel forward in the spirit of Denis’ legacy and The Angel’s continued success is testimony to Denis’ vision.
We continue to provide top quality local food at sensible prices,
high quality wines at proportionally low prices,
and “Value added Service” at no extra cost to the customer!
The Angel Inn
Hetton, Near Skipton,
North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT
• Food now served all day •