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Simonstone Hall dates to the 17th century and was originally the home of the Whitaker family. It is a privately-owned listed building commanding scenic views over the Yorkshire Dales. The hall is a two-story stone-built house with gables, mullioned windows and stone slated roofs. The principal front, which faces west, has two gables with spiked ornaments, and a third recessed gabled wing at the north end, while the east elevation shows three flush gables. The front windows have all rounded heads to the lights, but are early 19th-century restorations; those at the back being later are better in detail. Over the door is a shield with the arms of Whitaker with helm, crest and mantling. The house was substantially re-built in the 18th century as an early example of Jacobean revival architecture.
The hotel is where Jeremy Clarkson’s (of BBC Top Gear fame) career came to an end when he was involved in a “fracas” with male producer Oisin Tymon after he returned to the hotel after a long day of filming and found there was only soup and a cold meat platter instead of a steak. There is a plaque mounted on the wall next to the bar where the “fracas” took place.
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Sunday Lunch at Simonstone Hall in Hawes 24th March 2019