RECOMMENDATION | Billy Bob’s Parlour & Diner – The Yorkshire Dales

14th March 2016

Well short of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John making an appearance, the owners of Billy Bob’s have pretty much nailed my expectations and then some – this place is an absolute find.

And find it you’ll need to, because it’s not exactly the easiest place to locate. But that adds to the magic of the place. Located mid way between Skipton and Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales; Billy Bob’s is a genius concept. Surrounded by rolling hills and plenty of cows; not only does it tick every 1950’s retro Americana box, thanks to it also being a dairy farm, it’s also pretty sustainable too. Certainly when it comes to anything dairy based.

Milk shakes come in a range of flavours and include choc peanut butter and banoffee. The ice-cream selection is extensive and can be enjoyed in a range of cones with an array of toppings and sauces or as part of a ridiculously delicious sundae or old fashioned ice-cream soda float. Take the stuff home; you can buy tubs of it in all sorts of flavours.

The breakfast and mains menu is extensive and very retro – from fluffy pancakes with seriously crispy bacon dripping in maple syrup to Chicago style hot dogs. Buttermilk fried chicken, nachos, smoked ribs, pulled pork and an array of ‘fixins’ and sides; everything screams Rock n Roll and the T Birds and the Pink Ladies would certainly have been right at home here. Be warned though; this place is not for the faint hearted – if you tend to dodge the carbohydrates and fight the fat then I wouldn’t bother. It would be a torturous experience.

Billy Bob’s is great whatever the weather but we always like to head up there when the sun is shining. Be warned, the rest of Yorkshire also seem to head up here when the weather is decent and that’s probably down to a fantastic children’s play area and a south facing terrace with plenty of outdoor seating. Somehow though they always seem to manage and although there might be a slightly longer wait for grub on a busy day, the play area and play barn does a great job at keeping little people entertained until their shorty burgers and puppy dogs arrive.

Get there a good hour before noon on a warm weekend day and have breakfast. It’s a little quieter and the buttermilk pancakes are to die for. Alternatively, head up mid morning, mid week outside of school holidays and the kids will have the playground pretty much to themselves.

Don’t discount the place if it’s raining. Inside is just as fun. Perch on a retro high stool while you slurp your shake or head to the back of the joint where you can dine in the authentic 1950’s American style yellow school bus. Mid 20th century American memorabilia is everywhere you look; reg plates, duke boxes, coca cola bottles and a great collection of old school metal advertisements adorn the walls for everything from 7Up, Root Beer, Reeses caramel cups, bubblegum and more.

All that’s missing is a ferris wheel and waltzers. But never say never…

Visit Billy Bob’s website for more information.



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  1. kirsty

    We come here alot and spend a lot of money in the diner. However on several occasions my child and others have been hurt on the slides as other children are allowed by management to climb up the slides. Amy other play area it is not allowed due to safety reasons. I spoke to the tall large manager who basically talked down to me and was very arrogant and said there is no hi g they will do about it. A sign up to ask parents to supervise would at least show some kind of safety aspect. I am very unhappy and disgusted how I was talked too and that he seemed happy and that it was ok children were getting hurt over something that could easily be stopped.

    • Lyndsey Thomas

      I’m sorry to hear that Kirsty. Did you try and contact the management and make them aware of how you were spoken to? It’s sad when one staff member’s tone turns a customer off returning and the management should certainly be made aware. It’s a shame that this incident has cast a little dark cloud over my blog but it’s also a shame that you were spoken to in such a way. I hope that this was a one off. I’ve generally found the staff to be very accommodating even when the place is packed. I also agree that a sign would be good to ensure children do not climb up the slides. That’s my pet hate in any park and I’m the first to tell the child to stop.

      • kirsty

        I think it was a manager I spoke too. Yes the staff and management are usually lovely but on this occasion the manager said they are ok to climb up the slide and if they are getting hurt it’s basically tough unless it is done in a bullying way that’s the only time they will tell them to come off the slide. He saw my 3 year old daughter was upset and had been hurt and he wasn’t bothered. I love the place and think it’s fab but this has really put me off. Thanks for your reply

    • kirsty

      I’m sure it was a manager I spoke too. I agree the staff are lovely. On this occasion the manager wasn’t. Thanks for your reply.


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