Review: Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour, Skipton

It’s Sunday and past the time where sensible people eat lunch. Him and I head to Skipton on a recommendation of an American diner with great food.  Billy – Bobs did not fall short.

You know that a place has got to be good when it’s fair drive down some single track roads and the cars ahead and behind are all going to the same place.  It was busy, so the main car park was full and we were directed to park in the overflow field ( they’re expecting a few folk when they have a traffic controller)!.

The place was packed, with kids and families everywhere. As we hadn’t booked the soonest table inside (with the American diner feel),was going to be 5pm.  We are Cumbrian and hungry so we plumped for a table outside. It was breezy but when the sun showed up it was fine.


With acceptance that we may have a long wait for food on our hands I placed our order inside. There were three separate queues, Ice cream, coffees and hot food. With the order placed we sat in the sun for a bit, then our drinks arrived. It mustn’t have been more than a 10min wait. I had the Peanut butter milkshake, which was divine. It was not too sweet and thick with one of those large diameter straws that let up the ice cream and peanut chunks.  I have to also mention that it was HUGE definitely a pint if not more. He opted for a classic imported Cold Mountain root beer that came with a fun curly straw.


Not long after we had received the drinks, the food came.  It tasted as good as it looks. I had the ‘Okie Smokie’, 12hour smoked, pulled pork in barbeque sauce served in a brioche bun with coleslaw and dipping sauce.  The pork was very tender and the brioche had been toasted, it was delicious. Even when I loaded it with homemade coleslaw and dipping sauce the brioche held fast and didn’t disintegrate like burger buns often do.

He had one of the seasonal specials, a Philly Cheesesteak (Since his time in the U.S.A He fancies himself as a bit of a cheesesteak expert so he was quite looking forward to this).  It consisted of a hoagie roll generously filled with thinly sliced steak, sauted onions and bell pepper. The steak was covered in melted Provolone cheese with a cup of the steak juices for dipping. We traded bites and the cheesesteak was good. It was juicy, the steak was full of flavour and the melted provolone held the whole thing together.

Tumbleweed Onion Straws
For a ‘side’ we shared a portion of Tumbleweed onion straws. Deep fried, the seasoned little strands of onion were crispy and the perfect texture to go with the tender steak and pork buns.

I wish that we had had more time and larger stomachs, there is much more on the menu that I would have liked to try with pancakes and coke floats among the many more options available.

The outside of Billy – Bobs is ‘American Farm’, with wood panelling and a raised walkway, there is a good sized woodchip play area for children and some cool rocking covered tables for groups. If you want to sit inside at prime time, I would recommend that you book a table, but if you just fancy an ice cream or are happy to sit outside, then just rock up. The service is fast, efficient and all of the staff that we saw were polite, especially the lad outside who just seemed to clear tables and keep the place tidy.

Thanks Billy – Bob, we’ll be back!

Location: Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire BD23 6EU
Open 9:00 – 18:00 ever day

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