Billy Bob’s Parlour
Billy Bob’s Parlour is a magical piece of 1950’s retro Americana in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s not quite what you expect to find between Skipton and Bolton Abbey amidst the rolling hills of North Yorkshire. But this is also a dairy farm and sustainable at that, certainly when it comes to anything dairy based.
You’ve got to see it to believe it! It’s is a Cape Cod-style parlour and diner. Pride of place is an authentic Airstream serving up expertly drawn expresso, a restored 1940’s Chicago soda stream, and a genuine American school bus (kitted out so you can dine in!).
For big and little kids, super-thick milkshakes come in a range of flavour including choc peanut butter and banoffee. The ridiculously delicious sundae selection is extensive. We were tempted by the Black Cherry Chocolate Bomb – black cherry ice cream layered between homemade brownie pieces and soft-whip vanilla, with white chocolate chips, juicy black cherries and decorated with milk chocolate shavings.
The breakfast and mains menu is long and retro – from fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon dripping in maple syrup, to Chicago-style hot dogs, buttermilk fried chicken, nachos, smoked ribs, pulled pork and an array of lip-smacking ‘fixins’ and sides. Everything screams rock ‘n’ roll and T-Birds. 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 torturous. But the staff have information on all the dishes should you have food sensitivities or allergies and there are gluten-free and veggie options. Here’s a link to their website.
Billy Bob’s Parlour is excellent whatever the weather, but it is always good to head up there when the sun is shining. A little warning: the rest of Yorkshire also seems to head there 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 awesome play barn do a great job at keeping little people entertained.
We suggest you book a table ahead of the drive into the Dales, rain or shine, and get the flavour of mid 20th century Americana.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor
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