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There have been a number of recent pub closures:


The Royal Oak, Staveley has closed, its future is unknown at present and The George at Wath closed unexpectedly on the 27th November, no details at present.


Beer Festival meeting

Wednesday 6th December

07.00 pm

Starling Bar, Harrogate


Branch meeting

Monday 15th January

07.30 pm

Cross Keys, Knaresborough



Plan a local pub crawl...

The Greyhounds (Killinghall) and The Flying Dutchman (Summerbridge) remain closed and Smith's are searching for new tenants. There are several other Sam Smith pubs unlet across their estate. Samuel Smith's managing director is Mr Humphrey Smith who is well known for his robust management style.


The owner of The Henry Jenkins in Kirkby Malzeard has appealed to the Secretary of State over the rejected planning permission to demolish.


Blind Jack's in Knaresborough which recently reopened following a refurbishment under the ownership of Christian Ogley and partner Alice, appears to be doing well. 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. brewery. 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 spa town with victorian inns, modern bars and a micropub.



This small market town boasts a diverse selection of great real ale pubs.



From one-eyed rats to unicorns, this cathedral city has a variety of real ale watering holes.


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.


Branch diary




Wednesday 6th December

07.00 pm


Beer festival meeting

Starling Bar, Harrogate

Monday 15th January 2018

07.30 pm


Branch meeting

Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Social events will recommence in the new year.


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