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In the tiny hamlet of Beckwithshaw on the old turnpike road from Otley stands a handsome 18th century inn of honey-coloured sandstone, The Smiths Arms. This pub has been at the heart of the Beckwithshaw community for hundreds of years. The pub’s name derives from the terms of the original tenancy agreement - the landlord was a blacksmith who also had a duty to serve food and drink to the local community and travellers. Until the ‘National School’ was built in 1865, the pub’s upper room was also used as a schoolroom – evidence of this can be seen on the imprint of the external steps the children used to climb to get to class. Once a working blacksmith's forge, this North Yorkshire village inn is bounded by ancient Haverah Park to the west, with its tranquil reservoirs and wooded valleys, while to the east lie the botanical splendours of the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr and the tree-lined boulevards of the genteel Georgian spa town of Harrogate. Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside, The Smiths Arms is a charming country pub with a secluded beer garden that captures the sunshine, and warm, welcoming open fires to stave off the wintry weather. It's the ideal location for a relaxing pub lunch, with delicious seasonal specials, Sunday lunches, fine wines and cask ales. The Smiths Arms sits at the heart of the tiny hamlet of Beckwithshaw on the old turnpike road from Otley to Killinghall, an 18th century North Yorkshire inn of honey-coloured sandstone, one of the oldest buildings in the village. The pub’s name comes from the terms of its original tenancy: the landlord was also the village blacksmith and, along with a duty to keep the horses and equipment from nearby Moor Park manor in good condition, he also served the local community and travellers on the busy coach route.
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