Harrogate pub news
10 Devonshire Place, which closed in January, is now hopefully going to be saved. We understand that Robert and Ali Thompson, lessees of So!Bar, Tap on Tower Street, etc. have taken over the lease and are planning to re-open the pub in March.
The Place at The Crown Hotel, opposite the Old Bell, has changed its name to Five Shillings Brasserie, and now has one real ale, Black Sheep Bitter.
Regency Ale and Town House – remains closed and advertised for sale at £450k, planning consent has now been granted to convert to seven flats (18/05004/FUL).
The Nelson Inn at Hampsthwaite which was sold along with 72 other pubs nationally by M&B to Milton Pubs and Taverns and then put up for sale last year has been bought by Tony Fulford, chef and owner of 'Chez La Vie', a restaurant with 20 years history, formerly of Station Parade, Harrogate. The pub has been renamed to 'Chez La Vie @ The Nelson'.
Bertie's on Knaresborough Road, Harrogate is now serving at least one real ale (two at busy times).
Corner Haus Cafe Bar – opened late last year, on Swan Street by the entrance to Valley Gardens, opposite Hales Bar, has six keg fonts but no real ale.
Work is set to begin on a major refurbishment of Muckles on West Park in Harrogate by the pub’s owners, Star Pubs & Bars. The pub, which closed in December, will be renamed 'Three’s A Crowd' to mark its new direction and is scheduled to reopen in mid-March.
Knaresborough pub news
The Union at Calcutt has been renamed The Cricketer following a refurbishment, which has seen the two room pub opened up to create a single bar.
The Mill Tavern at the Lido Leisure Park has re-opened following the annual January closure of the park. This bar is open to the public and serves two changing real ales.
The Commercial – managing couple have left, so the pub is temporarily closed again. Sam Smith's are looking for a new couple to manage.
Ripon pub news
The Water Rat – closed 1st January for 8-10 weeks for major refurbishment. There are pictures on their Facebook page showing progress to date. They are expected to re-open mid-March (hopefully in time for our Ripon crawl!).
The Unicorn in the market place is running monthly brewery tap takeovers again. It was Yorkshire Heart in January and Black Sheep in February with the following coming up:
March 5 - Saltaire
April 5 - takes a break for the Ale and Cider festival
May 7 - Grey Hawk
June 4 - Staff picks
July 2 - York Brewery
August 3 - International Beer Day
September 3 - Roosters
October 8 - Autumn Ale Festival
November 5 - Rudgate
TheLamb and Flag currently has no real ale on.