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Pub of the year - The Little Ale House


Harrogate and Ripon CAMRA were delighted to present their coveted Pub of the Year award to Harrogate's smallest independent bar, The Little Ale House. Located on Cheltenham Crescent, owners Richard and Danni Park have created a hugely popular micropub that supports micro breweries both locally and nationally. Their passion for quality beers and excellent customer service is second to none, so if you haven't had an opportunity to visit yet, what are you waiting for?


They hold regular tap takeovers with independent micro breweries, and will be holding the Women On Tap Beer Festival to 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.


Old Bell Tavern reopens

The Old Bell Tavern, part of the Market Town Tavern's group, on Royal Parade in Harrogate has reopened after a facelift. Major changes have been made to the upstairs room, with minor updates to the downstairs rooms and bar. 7 cask ale lines will be retained.


Mitre closes for refurbishment

The Mitre in Knaresborough will be closed for a major refurbishment for most of May. We don't know the details, but believe that they are going for a more open-plan look. We don't yet have a date for when the pub will reopen.


Other news


The Black Swan in Ripon is for sale/lease.


The platform doors at the Harrogate Tap are now permanently closed due to the installation of ticket barriers at the station. This has prompted many complaints from customers and the pub owners. The open access over the railway bridge that has existed for decades, is now blocked unless you have a valid train ticket, and if you need to catch a train after a beer in the pub, you now have a circular walk through the car park and back into the station, rather than directly onto the platform, as before. Apparently its all about 'improving the customer experience'!!


The Red Lion at South Stainley is now closed for its refurbishment into a fish bar / restaurant.


Roger has not yet left the Tap & Spile, Harrogate due to contractual issues with Enterprise Inns.


The Bay Horse at Kirk Deighton is for sale.





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


3rd May - 7.15 pm

Cross Keys, Knaresborough



12th May

Trip to Nottingham

10.06 am train from Leeds




Plan a local pub crawl...


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.


Branch diary




Wednesday 3rd May



Branch meeting

Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Friday 12th May

10:06 am


Social trip to Nottingham

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

Monday 29th May

07:30 pm


Shakespeare and beer

A pub wake with Henry IV and co.

Old Bell Tavern, Harrogate.

Beer festivals

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