The Stone Beck at Jennyfields (Punch Taverns, rarely serves real ale) which closed in August ‘temporarily due to a licence irregularity’ remains closed. The pubco are seeking a new tenant.
Blind Jack’s have been brewing some collaboration beers with local breweries in preparation for their sixth birthday in November. The pub has also introduced a loyalty scheme offering points for every £1 spent in the pub. See website for details: https://blindjackspub.co.uk
The Mitre (Market Town Taverns) has new managers, together with a new menu, including pizzas. Currently four real ales. The lease of the pub remains up for sale.
The Track & Sleeper which won our ‘Best Newcomer’ award this year has introduced ‘winter’ hours, now even shorter, opening at 2pm Tuesday to Thursday (closed Mondays) and closing at 6pm on Wednesdays. Also opening an hour later (1pm) on Sundays. They may also close early at quiet times. You are advised to check before visiting!
The Golden Lion (Greene King) is closed again, and advertising for a new tenant. It is not expected to reopen until January at the earliest.
Portly Pig is a new bottle shop and taproom on Kirkgate in the former police station, latterly Oasis florist and prior to that the Ripon Gazette office, opposite the Royal Oak. Three real ales from local breweries eg. Hambleton, Pennine, Wensleydale, together with five keg options.
The Ripon Inn has re-opened after a three-and-a-half-year closure during which the former Ripon Spa Hotel went into administration and The Inn Collection Group purchased and refurbished the hotel. The pub is called Ale House (formerly Turf Bar & Bistro) and serves up to six local real ales, e.g. Black Sheep, Helmsley, Rooster’s.
South Lodge (Heineken) has re-opened with a new tenant after a six-month closure. Two or three real ales, eg. Timothy Taylor Landlord, Theakston Summit (extra chilled).
Other towns and villages
The Crown Inn at Grewelthorpe (closed February 2023) has been put up for sale by Admiral Taverns for £350k following the recent offer made by the community campaign trying to buy and re-open the pub.
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/140458259 The campaign is still accepting share pledges, if you would like to make a pledge to help save this pub, please see the campaign website: https://fotc.org.uk
..and just down the road in Kirkby Malzeard, the campaign to save The Henry Jenkins (closed 2011) has taken another step forward with the awarding of a £330k ‘levelling up’ grant.
Meanwhile, owner of the eastern annexe has submitted a planning application to develop outbuildings adjacent to the pub into a holiday cottage (ZC23/03121/FUL).
The Black Lion at Skelton on Ure has had its application for Government levelling-up
funds approved. https://www.skeltonblacklion.com
Bilton Club (formerly Bilton Working Men’s Club) has increased its cask line-up from one to three. Two Daleside including Legover, and Tetley’s Bitter to replace the keg Tetley’s.
St Robert’s Club now serves two Black Sheep ales, one from the upstairs bar. The club is now open every evening Monday through Friday.
Starbeck Working Men’s Club has renamed to The Forest Club. At least one real ale served here.
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