Billy Bob’s Parlour Skipton Restaurant Review

I must have heard my son say “I’m still full from Billy Bob’s” weeks after we visited. If you’ve never been before I can recommend that you take the kids. We spent a fun few hours there over the summer. Billy Bob’s Parlour is located near Skipton in North Yorkshire. It can be very popular so I can highly recommend pre-booking a table online. They also have a venue in Lancashire, although we have never visited. Billy Bob’s Skipton is an American diner with two play areas, homemade ice cream and an original soda fountain.

Billy Bob’s Parlour Review

Billy Bob’s closes early so it is more a daytime place to visit. We wanted to eat our dinner there so we arrived an hour before our time slot so our son could play and we booked one of the latest times possible. They do have quite a lot of tables outdoors that you can’t prebook. So if it’s nice weather and you want to take the risk you can just turn up.

Billy Bob’s is open from 9 am and the last table reservations are at 5:30 pm. They have a family dining area but you can also book in an area for teenagers and up so make sure you click on the right option when booking. The family dining is highchair and wheelchair friendly.

You don’t need to prebook the play areas however you have to pay £3 for an entry wristband. Mid-week term time your kids can play without a table reservation but during weekends and school holidays, you must have a table booked for your kids to be able to play.

Billy Bob's Parlour Skipton Restaurant Review

Another thing to note, as this wasn’t explained to us, is that the outdoor play area that is next to the diner seating is not free and a £3 1 hour session wristband must be purchased. Our son spent 1-hour playing in the undercover play barn as we had saved the outdoor area until our meal. When we headed for the outdoor play area later on we were told that his wristband was no longer valid and we’d have to buy another one (which we didn’t do). This was a big shame as the outdoor play area looked lots of fun with lots of fun American themed wooden play pieces to play on. I’m afraid I didn’t get any decent photos as it was very busy.

To get your money’s worth it is certainly worth the kids going in the play areas before your meal. The indoor play barns are full of straw which if your kids (or you) are allergic to it is something to be aware of. It got incredibly dusty in there and there were a lot of kids sneezing/coughing. They have one large area for younger kids with trikes, play equipment, rope swings and a slide.

There is then a second large covered area for the bigger kids. This has some quite epic slides that most require a sac for. There are also some rope swings and a huge amount of straw!

Billy Bob's Parlour Skipton Restaurant Review

Luckily there is plenty of outdoor seating next to this area so we didn’t have to venture into the play areas (I have a major straw/hay allergy). There is an outside kiosk here where we purchased some drinks and relaxed while the younger one played.

Table restaurant reservations are based on all members of the group enjoying a main meal from their menu. You also can’t specify where you want to sit. There is a big authentic American school bus in the family dining area that you can actually sit and eat inside.

Billy Bob's Parlour Skipton Restaurant Review

There is a great choice of food on the menu and vegetarians and vegans certainly aren’t forgotten about. For the meat-eaters, there are hot dogs, chilli dogs, handmade burgers and more. As you can see from the photos below there is a lot to choose from for everyone.

Billy Bob's Parlour
Billy Bob's Parlour

Yield from the field is their veggie/vegan menu and there are burgers, harvest dogs, nachos and more. My Mum and I both opted for a variation of their veggie burgers and oh my goodness they were good. Literally the best veggie burger we’ve both ever had.

Most of the food doesn’t come with any sides and the sides are extra. This wasn’t an issue as the price of the burgers wasn’t too bad for the quantity and the quality. We did, however, both order a side dish and it was the right amount of food for us.

Billy Bob's Parlour

The kid’s menu is for children under 9 years of age. Our son is 8 (just) and he found the portion of food a little small. This is why he then went on to share a sundae with me and ended up fuller than he’s ever been before, in a happy way! Most of the kid’s main dishes are around £5 and include a burger, mac n cheese, crispy chicken, pulled pork and more. They also have a good range of shakes and sundaes for the kids.

He demolished his food before I could take a photo so here’s a photo of him tucking into the delicious rocky road sundae that we kind of shared.

Billy Bob's Parlour

Billy Bob’s Parlour is, of course, also an ice cream parlour. There is a large ice cream counter within the parlour on your left as you walk in. They have around 30 different flavours on offer. You can order different flavours or pile them high in a sundae with extras such as homemade sauces and sprinkles. They also have their very own whippy available in vanilla or chocolate. Plus a choice of ice cream sorbets, sherberts and popsicles. There is no mention of dairy-free options.

Billy Bob’s Parlour FAQ & Further Information

Address: Calm Slate Farm BD23 6EU, North Yorkshire.

Category – Restaurant – Indoors and outdoors – Children’s menu is available.

When are they open?

The restaurant is open from 9 am until 5:30 pm for last reservations every day. They open every day from the February half-term until the end of the October half-term. They also open through the Christmas holidays and close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Is there parking?

There is free on-site parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead in the outside seating areas. They are not permitted in the play areas nor inside the diner.


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