The Oatlands (formerly Oatlands Mount Club) has recently undergone a major refurbishment, and whilst still a membership club with a Club licence, is presenting itself as more of a pub. Three real ales are served, namely Daleside Old Legover, Rooster’s Yankee and Tetley Bitter.
The Woodlands Hotel on Wetherby Road is being considered for investment by owners Star Pubs and Bars who are ‘looking for an experienced food operator who will work with Star to transform the Woodlands Hotel into a pub known for great drinks, food and service’. The pub currently serves John Smith’s Cask and one changing beer, often from Marston’s.
The Board Inn (Enterprise, closed 2017) went up for sale by auction in December with a guide price of £395k, following approval of its planning application to convert the existing pub, bed and breakfast and manager's flat to form a public house, three flats and four houses (19/01383/FUL).
The Castle Inn (Enterprise) re-opened just before Christmas under the management of Simon and Sharon Colgan who also have Blues Bar, The Empress and World’s End as well as the Duck & Drake and Grove Inn in Leeds. Now serving two Daleside, a Rooster’s and one changing beer, e.g. Kelham Island.
The Market Tavern has reopened under the Craft Union brand (similar to Prince of Wales, Starbeck). They are currently serving two real ales - Taylor's Landlord and Sharp's Doombar.
Mother Shipton Inn suffered a fire in their ‘Barn Room’ on the Sunday before Christmas. Fortunately there was only minimal damage and the pub was operating again the following day.
The Unicorn is hosting a meet the brewer evening with Roosters on the 20th February, and then the month after they have Black Sheep attending on the 19th March. Talk to the brewers and try their beers. These events will start from 5pm.
The Lamb and Flag is being considered for investment by Star Pubs and Bars.
The Navigation (Enterprise) has reopened following refurbishment, still serving Taylors Landlord.
South Lodge is being considered for a ‘transformational refurbishment’ by Star Pubs and Bars.
Other towns and villages
The lease of the Black A Moor Inn at Bridge Hewick near Ripon is up for sale by the current lessee. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-85816784.html
The Half Moon at Fellbeck near Pateley Bridge is up for sale, offers over £750k, including its six self-contained holiday cottages. https://www.daltonsbusiness.com/bistros-for-sale/freehold-free-of-tie-public-house-and-b-harrogate-north-yorkshire-uk/467669
The Bay Horse Inn at Goldsborough has re-opened with Mark and Clare Oglesby, owners of Goldsborough Hall, now leasing the pub from Enterprise. Chez La Vie owner and chef Tony
Fulford is currently running the kitchen at the Bay Horse, whilst his former business Chez La Vie @ The Nelson at Hampsthwaite is closed.
At the Three Horseshoes in Killinghall (Punch), Dynamic Capital Killinghall Ltd have submitted a planning application (19/04606/FUL) to Harrogate Borough Council to demolish the pub and build a convenience store and four two-bedroom apartments above the store. Over 83% of local residents
supported the proposal in a pre-planning consultation.
There may be change imminent at the Blue Bell Inn at Kirby Hill (owned by Dave and Ruth Hamby who also operate the One Eyed Rat in Ripon). At the end of last year the pub was being advertised for lease on a Nil Premium.
The Fox and Hounds at Langthorpe has been refurbished, also has a new landlord and is now serving four ales, Theakston Best and three changing beers, e.g. Isaac Poad.
The Green Tree Inn at Little Ouseburn is now closed. The pub, which went up for sale early in 2018, has planning consent to redevelop into residential accommodation including a micropub and is currently under offer. https://www.carterjonas.co.uk/property/for-sale/york/har170449
The Lamb Inn at Rainton which closed in January 2019, is up for sale with ‘development potential, subject to planning’.
At the Scotts Arms in Sicklinghall (Punch) planning permission for two dwellings has been approved by Harrogate Borough Council (19/03625/FUL).
The Black Lion at Skelton on Ure, which was one of 137 community pubs sold by Marston’s to Admiral Taverns in November, closed in December following unreasonable demands by the new pubco on the leaseholder of 12 years.
Harrogate Brewing Co taproom opened for the last time with Anton and Sarah Stark in charge on Saturday 7th December with live electronica music from Horse Head Stetson, food from Triffik’s and the usual great selection of beers brewed on site. The new owner is expected to take over the brewery during January, and the taproom should re-open in March. The brewery is expanding from 4bbl to 10bbl, approx. 2.5 times previous capacity, and will include keg and lager.
Isaac Poad Brewing are moving out of our area from Cattal to Husthwaite.
Turning Point Brewery started brewing at the old Rooster's Brewing site in Knaresborough at the end of last year. They opened the brewery to the public on 6th /7th December, and are planning regular taproom openings early in 2020. Tap takeovers have been held at Blind Jack’s just before
Christmas, and Six Poor Folk in January.
The following is the complete list of clubs serving real ale which have recently been surveyed and all welcome Camra visitors on production of a valid Camra membership card:-
Bilton WMC – Daleside Old Legover only.
Boroughbridge Social Club – Camerons Strongarm, John Smith's Cask and one changing beer e.g. Copper Dragon.
Harlow Hill Club (Otley Road) – Tetley Bitter plus one changing beer.
Harrogate Conservative Club – Tetley Bitter only.
Harrogate Londesborough Club (Club of the Year) – Morland Old Speckled Hen, and one changing beer, either Theakston Old Peculier (from the wood!) or another Morland beer.
Knaresborough WMC – Theakston Best, sometimes Old Peculier (and fantastic views from beer balcony).
The Oatlands formerly Oatlands Mount Club – Daleside Old Legover, Rooster's Yankee and Tetley Bitter.
Pateley Club (Pateley Bridge) - Theakston Best Bitter plus one changing beer in summer, e.g. Timothy Taylor.
Starbeck Conservative Unionist Working Mens Club – two changing beers.
St Robert's Club (Robert Street, Harrogate) - a regular Black Sheep variety only.
Harrogate Cricket Club – Black Sheep Baa Baa and Tetley Bitter plus one changing ale, often including a second Black Sheep variety.
Harrogate Golf Club – Wainwright plus one changing beer.
Harrogate RUFC - Black Sheep Best Bitter plus one changing beer from Greene King.
Knaresborough Golf Club – Theakston Lightfoot plus one changing beer.
Masham Golf Club - Theakston Best Bitter only.
Oakdale Golf Club (Duchy) – Tetley Bitter plus one/two changing beers.
Pannal Golf Club – Theakston Best Bitter plus one changing beer.
Ripon City Golf Club - Timothy Taylor's Golden Best and Theakston Best Bitter plus a changing ale, usually Morland.
Rudding Park Golf Club – Rooster's Highway 51 only.