Whether you are looking for a 1950’s American diner experience, a wide choice of ice cream or somewhere for the kids to burn off some excessive energy, Billy Bob’s Parlour at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Farm ticks all of the boxes.
Open from breakfast through to the early evening, Billy Bob’s Parlour offers an extensive menu including pancakes, authentic American cereals, hot dogs, burgers, shakes, deep south specialities, shakes, sodas and waffles. Billy Bob's is just off the A59 between Skipton and Bolton Abbey.
A kids menu includes mac ‘n’ jack cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
For my son however, the highlight of the menu at Billy Bob’s is the ice cream counter – with up to 30 flavours to choose from on each visit. Made by the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream company which is based on site and has been operating for almost 60 years, flavours include raspberry shortcake, key lime pie and cotton candy, as well as the more traditional.
Another highlight of Billy Bob’s for my son are the indoor and outdoor play areas. Outside are a number of wooden play structures including a truck, aeroplane, castle, tractor and train. My son loves these and it’s always a nightmare getting him to leave.
You can also purchase a £1 wristband for children to use the indoor play barn which is split into two sides for under and over sevens. The under seven area includes some pedal bikes with carts for collecting hay on the bike, a giant slide, swings and more wooden structures including a bus and tractor. My only issue with the indoor play area is older children not being closely supervised by their parents and using the area for younger children.
Billy Bob’s also hosts children’s parties in a special party room, from £10 per child.
You can’t book a table to eat in the Parlour, so whilst there are plenty of outdoor tables and an old American yellow school bus used for additional seating, if you do want to eat inside, make sure you get there early – especially at weekends or bank holidays. If there is a wait for tables, they will add you to a waiting list and call you when a table is available. On one visit we made on bank holiday Monday however, we were told there was a two hour wait for a table which isn’t practical with a hungry toddler! They are hoping to add an additional 100 seats to the parlour soon.
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