13th March - 7.15pm

One Eyed Rat, Ripon


4th April - 6.30pm

POTY presentation

Little Ale House, Harrogate


3rd May - 7.15pm

Cross Keys, Knaresborough




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Latest news






A new addition to the real ale scene in our area has opened at the former 'Walrus & Carpenter' site on Oxford Street in Harrogate. Starling Independent Beer & Coffee House serves real ales, craft beers, coffee and pizza. Several local Camra members were invited to the launch night on Tuesday 7 March, and a good time was had by all.


There are six handpumps, one of which is the house regular Black Sheep Bitter, with the others rotating. On the launch night they had Bad Seed Cascade, Great Heck Voodoo Mild, Harrogate Pinewoods, Windermere Pale and Roosters Little Bird. There are numerous craft keg beers too, including Roosters Baby Faced Assasin, which is on permanently. Owner Simon Midgley, has worked at Market Town Taverns and was commercial director at Ossett Brewery.



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.


Blind Jack's


Blind Jack's in Knaresborough is up for sale. This highly regarded Good Beer Guide regular is a favourite with real ale drinkers across the area. Being marketed by the agents as a going concern, it's hoped that it will continue to thrive under new ownership if and when the sale happens. Let's hope they continue to serve Bad Co beers, as it was effectively the brewery tap, as current pub owner Paul Holden Ridgeway also manages the brewery in Dishforth.



The Little Ale House


Following the Tap Takeover of The Little Ale House by Welsh Community brewery Cwrw Iall on 3 March, owners Richard and Danni have announced that they'll be holding the Women On Tap Beer Festival which will celebrate the women who brew beer, the women who write about it, the women who drink it, and the women who work in the industry. Taking place May 19 to 21, WoTFest will present a selection of beers made by local female brewers. Talks are currently underway with a number of local breweries including Mallinsons and Baildon, who are already on board, with more in the pipeline.


























The Castle Vaults, Knaresborough (Enterprise) has reopened.


The Board Inn, Knaresborough had part of a stained glass pub window smashed. These are pub heritage windows bearing the name of Tower Ales (Tadcaster). This has now been restored.


The Montpellier, Harrogate has received planning permission for outside seating at the front.


The George & Dragon Inn, Melmerby has been taken over.


The Star & Garter, Kirkby Overblow has reopened.


The Alexandra, Harrogate is offering discount through the use of the Nicholson’s smartphone app.


In Ripon, Wilfrids has closed permanently, a brave attempt by Nidderdale Inns to bring something a little different to the cathedral city. It is to become yet another cafe. Also in Ripon the lady who owned the Turks Head, has sadly died and the future of the pub is unknown, it has been closed for sometime but there were expectations that it would eventually reopen.


Further north The Queens Head in Kirkby Malzeard has reopened, but its future under Enterprise Inns looks uncertain. If it closes permanently this would leave the former two pub village pub-less. The closed Henry Jenkins pub in the village is scheduled for demolition, despite stiff opposition from local residents.




Bad Co Brewing are currently in the process of making their full range gluten free.


Roosters Open Day will be on Saturday 29th July. There will be a range of their beers available on cask and keg, street food, music and brewery tours

Branch diary




Monday 13th March



Branch meeting

One Eyed Rat, Ripon

Tuesday 4th April



Branch meeting and Pub of the Year presentation

Little Ale House, Harrogate

Wednesday 3rd May



Branch meeting

Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Friday 17th March

10:06 am


Social trip to Darlington

10:06 train from Harrogate, then 11:08 train from York, arrives in Darlington 11:40

Saturday 22nd April

11:20 am


Social trip to Halifax

11:20 train from Leeds. We will start in the Three Pigeons.

Friday 12th May

10:06 am


Social trip to Nottingham

10:06 train from Leeds. We will start in the Vat & Fiddle at noon.

Beer festivals



10-11 Oatlands Infant School


16-18 Leeds Camra at Pudsey Civic Hall


16-18 Harrogate Round Table at the Crown Hotel


22- 2 April Wetherspoon's spring festival



13-17 Doncaster Brewery Tap


14-15 Beer on't brigg, Boroughbridge


15 Hambleton Ales Brewery
Open Day


20-22 Skipton Camra


21-22 Guisborough Camra


28-29 Yorkshire Heart Hearty Beer Festival, Nun Monkton


28 - 1 May Barnsley / Elsecar



01 Ripon Cathedral Beer & Music Festival


4-6 East V West Fest, Red Shed, Wakefield


11-13 Doncaster Camra


19-21 Women on Tap (WOTFEST) - celebrating brewsters at the Little Ale House


TBC Halifax Camra

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