Only local produce where we can, say owners of award-winning Yorkshire country pub

Sykes House Farm’s Jill Dodgson and Ed Allen, The Drovers Arms Head Chef

A traditional country pub in North Yorkshire has vowed to use local produce whenever possible.

Demonstrating their commitment for provenance they have appointed Sykes House Farm as the main meat supplier.

The mid-19th century pub was taken over late last year by Graham Usher and partner Martin Firth, and has recently won two important accolades.

The Drovers has been voted one of the top 30 pubs in Yorkshire from Welcome to Yorkshire and has been presented with a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence award, which is only given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding reviews.

Graham said:

“Since we took over Drovers Martin and myself have made sure the emphasis is that we are not just “another pub”, but rather one that serves traditional homemade dishes, with the ingredients being sourced locally.

“We take great pride in our food, our customers deserve only the best that’s why we have made Sykes House Farm our meat supplier of choice.

“The Drovers is popular with both tourists and locals alike, and our menu offers a selection of delicious homemade food, using locally-sourced, fresh produce whenever possible.”

Sykes House Farm, which is located in Wetherby, has been working with livestock for over 40 years and has strong relationships with many of the region’s restaurants and hotels.

Head of Sales, Jill Dodgson, said:

“We are delighted to be supplying the Drovers Arms with locally produced meat.

“Our first priority is quality in both the products we sell and the service we provide.

“With diners becoming keener to know where their food comes from the traceability of the ingredients is vital. We can provide it, thanks to our long standing involvement with our producers and our bespoke butchery skills.”

Further information about The Drovers Arms is available from its website at

Sykes House Farm’s Jill Dodgson and Ed Allen, The Drovers Arms Head Chef
Sykes House Farm’s Jill Dodgson and Ed Allen, The Drovers Arms Head Chef

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