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Blind Jack's in Knaresborough has reopened under the ownership of Christian Ogley and partner Alice. There are a number of cosmetic changes to the pub, giving it a cosier, more intimate and eclectic feel. Much to the relief of local real ale drinkers, the 8 handpumps have been retained, and they hope to continue serving beers from Bad Co. Christian welcomes any comments, or suggestions regarding the new look and the choice of beers.


The Tap and Spile is now The Tap on Tower Street. Owners of the So Bar group are leasing it from PubCo Enterprise. They have completely refurbished the pub, and retained 8 hand-pumps, but with some beers doubling up. Take away bottles and cans are available from fridges in the public bar.

The Empress on the Stray at high Harrogate has reopened following a major refurbishment by Simon and Sharon Colgan, of the Blues Bar. They serve 4 changing beers. With a focus on live music, food and sport, they hope the pub will have wide appeal.


The So Bar in Knaresborough has also reopened after being given a facelift. Now with a retro, industrial look, they still serve 4 ales, usually including a Roosters and Moorhouses beer.


The Castle Vaults in Knaresborough has reopened as The Castle Inn. This traditional, friendly pub has also had a refurbishment. It serves Black Sheep Bitter as a regular, with 3 other changing beers.




Harrogate Brewing Co. is moving to larger premises in the Hookstone area of Harrogate so they can increase capacity. Owner Anton Stark is hoping to also open a brewery tap at the new location, and start a home brewing club.


The brewery's celebrated Plum Porter won 2nd place at the York Beer Festival in September.

Branch meeting

Sunday 12th November

11.30 am

The Harrogate Tap


Leeds Brewery trip

Saturday 18th October

Meet at brewery 11.15 am



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Branch diary




Sunday 12th November

11.30 am


Branch meeting

The Harrogate Tap

Saturday 18th November


Leeds Brewery trip

Meet at the brewery at 11.15 am.

The brewery is at the north west end of Holbeck in Sydenham Rd (LS11 9RU) which is between the A58 Domestic St and the A643 dual carriage-way.

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