Set in the shadows of Ripon Cathedral, the Old Deanery.
Room with a View

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About Us

Ripon Minster, as it was known until it became a cathedral in 1836, lost most of its revenues in the 1530/40s at the Reformation and was left with only poorly educated vicars to look after the extensive parish of Ripon. But in 1604 the Minster was granted a new charter by King James I, adding a dean and six canons, one of whom was to reside in Ripon, so it was necessary for a suitable residence to be provided. The Old Deanery was the home of the Dean of Ripon until, it appears, at the end of World War II.

There are several stories of secret passages from the magnificent Cathedral to The Old Deanery and nearby Fountains Abbey, however none have been verified (or found!). There are also stories of ghosts roaming the historic corridors, but we’ll let you be the judge of that!

The Old Deanery nowadays is an award winning hotel, bar & restaurant, housing 11 bespoke bedrooms found by ascending the stunning 17th century oak staircase. Sitting in the shadow of Ripon Cathedral, the location and history of the building attracts weddings, events & conferences year-round.

The lovely team of staff are led by Directors Chris Brown (General Manager) and Lee Rushforth (Head Chef). Both of whom look forward to welcoming you to The Old Deanery soon.


General Manager

Chris joined the management team in 2014, following many years working part-time at the hotel. After working closely with Owner, Linda Whitehouse, the reins were passed over in 2015 and he has been a prominent face at the hotel ever since. Always with a smile to greet his guests, he strives for his team to provide the best of Yorkshire hospitality.


Head Chef

Lee re-joined the passionate team of chefs in early 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in both restaurant management and award-winning cuisine. He has worked in some of the best the Yorkshire Dales has to offer and may be a familiar face from 2014's Masterchef: The Professionals, truly showing his passion for what he does best - sourcing and cooking the best of local, fresh produce.


Weddings & Events Manager

Keri joined The Old Deanery team early in 2016, bringing with her years of experience in the industry and a love for weddings & events! Her calming nature and true passion for what she does means even the most complicated of events, or grandest of weddings are organised without a worry for her guests.


Assistant Manager

Brett is a familiar face at The Old Deanery, following years of providing the very best of customer service in the restaurant & hotel. Bringing with him years of management experience, he now leads our front of house team who are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.