Scorton may boast three churches but the village is fairly unique having no recognisable public house. Scorton has been without a traditional village pub since the 19th century! In recent years.
however, liquid refreshment has been available to residents and visitors at the Priory restaurant which has licensed premises. Local folklore has it that a 19th century innkeeper refused to serve a visiting wealthy nobleman whose response was to buy the inn and close it down! More accurately, we can say that it was probably a combination of the Lord of the Manor and the owner of the Cotton Factory who both greatly favoured temperance among the village folk at that time. Indeed, an attempt to open a beer shop in 1830 was short lived!