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The Coach & Horses has been bought by a London company, no news yet on any re-opening.
The Swan (on the Stray) re-opened in June after a 15-month closure, still leased and operated by Market Town Taverns. Currently open four days a week with three cask ales.
The Waiting Room is to be a new ‘quality independent café bar’ operated by Appetite for Life (So!Bar/Tap on Tower Street) expected to open later this year close to Starbeck station.
The Woodlands Hotel is to undergo a refurbishment by Star Pubs &; Bars with its name changed to ‘West Riding Harrogate’ according to the Star website: https://www.starpubs.co.uk/pubs/woodlands-hotel-harrogate
Blind Jack’s re-opened in July after a nearly nine-month closure; the pop-up bar which they operated at Donkey’s Years Antiques since April is now closed. Six cask ales on.
The Commercial Hotel and Marquis of Granby, both Sam Smith’s pubs, have not re-opened following this year’s lockdown.
Track and Sleeper opened on Knaresborough’s station platform in June. Operated by the owners of Gorilla Brewing in Mexborough and the Rockingham Tap in Swinton, near Rotherham, it serves six cask ales, four from Gorilla and two others, usually from Thornbridge, but occasionally Rooster’s.
The Worlds End has undergone a major refurbishment both inside and outside, the pub re-opened early August.
Track and Sleeper, Knaresborough
The Golden Lion has re-opened and is serving five cask ales, including a dark beer, although the pub is still up for let. https://www.greenekingpubs.co.uk/pub-to-let/golden-lion-ripon
The King Billy re-opened in April following a minor refurbishment. Four cask ales, two local and two from Marston’s.
The One Eyed Rat which re-opened last August under new management now has another new manager. Still serving six/seven cask ales, usually including a dark.
King William IV ('The King Billy'), Ripon
Hopper Lane Hotel at Blubberhouses re-opened in April after being closed since the first lockdown while shielding vulnerable family members.
The Black Bull Inn at Boroughbridge re-opened in June, now serving Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Daleside Blonde with a third changing beer, recently Rudgate Viking and Pennine Brewing.
The Tiger Inn at Coneythorpe suffered a fire to their kitchen last November and have been closed ever since. Repair works are underway and they anticipate re-opening in October.
Ye Jolly Farmers at Dalton re-opened under new ownership at the end of July after a six-week closure. No longer serving John Smith Cask, but one/two changing real ales from local breweries.
General Tarleton Inn & Restaurant at Ferrensby re-opened under new management in May having been closed since the first lockdown.
The Old Spring Well on the A59 at Killinghall is being re-branded by Marston’s as 'The Curious Cow of Harrogate'. Marston’s are currently advertising for a General Manager and other staff.
The Bay Horse, Masham which closed during the third lockdown earlier this year, re-opens with a new tenant on 11th August.
The Royal Oak at Pateley Bridge is now serving four cask ales.
The Crown Inn at Roecliffe re-opened in September 2020 after an 18-month closure, having being bought and refurbished by Coastal & Country Inns.
The Inn South Stainley has re-opened after sale of the business to new owners following liquidation of the previous owners, the Seafood Pub Company.
Planning applications / decisions
Owners of the Lamb & Flag at Bishop Monkton, which did not re-open following the first lockdown, have submitted a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council to build five dwellings on the site (21/01715/FUL).
Hideaway Kitchen at The Dunsforth (formerly Dunsforth, Angler) at Lower Dunsforth closed at the end of August last year after initially re-opening following the first lockdown. A planning application for change of use and conversion to three two-bedroom flats has now been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council by the owner Stonefield Development (Yorkshire) Ltd. (21/03206/FUL).
Crown Inn at Great Ouseburn (closed 2015) has received planning consent to convert to a private dwelling (20/04342/FUL). There was an ACV on this pub, but the owner refused to sell and a local builder built a new pub for the village, namely the Lime Tree Inn.
The Three Horseshoes in Killinghall has now been demolished after an application by Punch Taverns for construction of a convenience store and four flats was approved by Harrogate Borough Council last July (19/04606/FUL)
At The Henry Jenkins in Kirkby Malzeard the Planning Inspectorate overturned Harrogate Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for conversion of the eastern part of the site into a single dwelling. The villagers’ fight to save the pub continues, and currently they are applying for renewal of the ACV. The campaign has so far raised in excess of £230k plus match funding:- https://thehenryjenkins.com
The Board Inn, Knaresborough (closed 2017) has been bought by Amado Homes Limited who have since had a planning application approved to build two flats in place of the micropub that was approved in an earlier application by the previous owner (21/01158/FUL).
At The Castle Inn, Knaresborough a recent application for planning consent for a roof terrace was refused by Harrogate Borough Council.
At The Green Tree Inn at Little Ouseburn (closed 2019) an application to Harrogate Borough Council to convert the pub into three dwellings and build two further dwellings in the car park has been approved (20/02768/FUL). An earlier (2017) application included a micropub but this latest application does not.
The Cross Keys Inn at Markington (closed 2016) has been sold for £375k, and a planning application since submitted (and subsequently withdrawn) for four residential dwellings. This is a two-pub village where both pubs were owned by the same owners.
The Half Moon at Sharow (closed 2016) was subject of a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council for change of use to a single residential dwelling (20/05210/FUL), however this application has since been withdrawn. Sharow Parish Council is leading a fight to save the pub, which opened in 1822, and villagers led by the Parish Council want to have the building registered as an ACV. Currently the premises are being marketed for let as bar and restaurant with a new free
of tie lease.
Balcony Bar at Harrogate Cricket Club now serves three cask ales, Black Sheep Best Bitter and two Rooster’s beers.
Masham Golf Club welcomes non-members in their bar, currently serving two Masham ales, possibly adding Saltaire Blonde.
St Robert’s Club on Robert Street, Harrogate has not re-opened since lockdown, but is expected to re-open in September.
Supporting pubs, Good Beer Guide candidates and the importance of beer scoring
Now that pubs and clubs are allowed to fully re-open it is more important than ever that we all support as many establishments as we are able this summer.
We will be organising branch socials visiting local pubs, and holding regular meetings again. Please visit as many pubs as you can, especially independents which have been struggling most through the pandemic.
The following is the shortlist of candidate pubs for next year’s Good Beer Guide, selected by local Camra members because they consistently serve quality real ales. If you visit these pubs this summer, it is most important that you also please remember to score your beers (either on WhatPub or the Good Beer Guide app), as it is your beer scores that will determine which pubs make it into the Guide (please see ‘Beer scoring and the Good Beer Guide’ below).
Blues Cafe Bar
Devonshire Tap House
Inn at Cheltenham Parade
Little Ale House
Major Tom's Social
Old Bell Tavern
Starling Independent Bar Cafe Kitchen
Tap on Tower Street
Bear at Carriages
Six Poor Folk
One Eyed Rat
Other towns and villages
Black a Moor Inn - Bridge Hewick
Blue Bell Inn - Kirkby Hill
Buck Inn - Thornton Watlass
Bull Inn - West Tanfield
Crown Hotel - Lofthouse
Harefield Hall - Pateley Bridge
Hunters Inn - Pool in Wharefedale
Jolly Farmers Inn - Dalton
Lime Tree Inn - Great Ouseburn
Masons Arms - Bishop Monkton
Royal Oak Inn - Dacre Banks
Smiths Arms - Beckwithshaw
Square & Compass - North Rigton
Station Hotel - Birstwith
White Bear - Masham
If you visit a pub that is not on the above list, please score your beer there too as the pubs with the best average scores will be considered as future candidates for the Good Beer Guide (please see ‘Beer scoring and the Good Beer Guide’ below).
Thank you for your continued support.
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Beer scoring and the Good Beer Guide
You are probably aware of the ‘Good Beer Guide’, National CAMRA’s flagship publication which lists the best real ale pubs in the UK. But what you may not know is how those pubs are selected to appear in the Guide. The answer is that it is largely via beer scores submitted by CAMRA members from all over the country. If you are a CAMRA member you can send in beer scores. If you’ve ever wondered why your favourite pub isn’t in the Guide, this may well be because you, and others, haven’t entered scores rating the quality of beer there. By beer scoring, you can contribute to the process of selection of pubs that go in the Good Beer Guide. Here's how...
So how do I score the quality of the beer?
You don’t have to be an ‘expert’ to begin scoring your beer. However, it is not about your personal favourite beer receiving the highest scores! You may try a beer that isn’t to your normal taste but what you need to consider is the quality of that beer, how well the pub has kept it and served it, and score it according to the general guide below. It is a simple 0 to 5 point system, with half points being used if your opinion of the beer falls between two categories:
0. No cask ale available
1. Poor. Beer is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment
2. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn’t inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing
3. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again
4. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition. You stay put!
5. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely
How do I submit my scores?
In order to submit your scores you need to either login to CAMRA’s online pub guide www.whatpub.com on a desktop computer or a smartphone, or you can use the GBG app on a smartphone. On WhatPub you will find over 35,000 real ale pubs from all over the UK; these are not all Good Beer Guide pubs, merely pubs that serve real ale. The same pubs can also be viewed on the GBG app or you can just select the Good Beer Guide pubs. In order to start submitting scores via either WhatPub or the GBG app you need to:-
1. Login to WhatPub. To do this you need your membership number and your CAMRA password. Or, in the GBG app link your CAMRA account by following the ‘Profile’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
2. You can then search for your pub by name. Be careful here as there are many pubs in the country which share the same name. Try searching the pub name and the town or postcode. The What Pub web page on a mobile device also gives you the option to search for real ale pubs nearby, very useful if you are in an unfamiliar town.
3. Once you have found your pub, go to the ‘Submit Beer Scores’ box on the right-hand side of the screen (on the WhatPub desktop version), tap ‘Submit Beer Scores’ on the tab bar underneath the pub photo (on the mobile WhatPub version), or tap ‘Beer Scoring’ immediately above the pub description (in the GBG app).
4. Simply fill in the date and your score, then as you begin typing, the brewery name should automatically appear underneath where you are typing. You do not have to enter the name of the beer you are drinking but if you wish to do so once you have entered the brewery name you should be able to click on the arrow in the beer box and a drop down list of that brewery’s beers should appear. In some cases the beer you are drinking may be new or a one off by the brewery so may not appear on the list, if this is the case you can simply type in the beer name. Select the beer name, click ‘submit score’ and your score will be entered into the database. (You can also optionally include the price per pint and comment on the beer under ‘Advanced options’).
It is as simple as that. An added bonus is that a record of your scores is kept so you can look back (on either WhatPub or the GBG app) to see the beers you’ve had and how you rated them.
Find out more at https://camra.org.uk/nbss
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