Tuesday 19 February - 19.30
Winter Gardens, Harrogate
Saturday 9 February
Harrogate crawl and survey
Saturday 23 March
Ripon crawl and survey
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This small market town boasts a diverse selection of great real ale pubs.
The spa town with victorian inns, modern bars and a micropub.
From one-eyed rats to unicorns, this cathedral city has a variety of real ale watering holes.
Reaching out to young members
Bradford Branch is encouraging young members to attend the Bradford Beer Festival this month, and to bring a friend to join CAMRA. Any young member that lives in the Yorkshire region who attends the festival will receive a free pint. If they bring a friend or friends to join up, the friends will receive our normal join up promotion of two free pints. If they attend on our members day which is free entry they will also receive a free half pint which all members receive. We want to encourage our young members throughout Yorkshire to attend and to become more involved in the campaign.
Tickets for all sessions are available on the Bradford CAMRA website:
Former CAMRA Pub of the Year closes
We are very sad to report that 10 Devonshire Place in Harrogate is closing for business on Sunday 6 January. This popular independent ale house was voted CAMRA pub of the year in 2016 by our branch, and Harrogate Pub of the Year 2017, and currently features in the Good Beer Guide. Owners Steve and Andi have been battling with their landlord over unsustainable rent increases for some time. This combined with ongoing building maintenance issues has forced them into making the difficult decision to close. We wish them both every success for the future. Andi and Steve have written to the branch thanking us for our support over the last four years. You can read a personal message from them here.
Harrogate pub news
The Potting Shed in Harrogate closed suddenly on 16th January following administration of Harrogate Bar Co. Ltd in December and its parent company Burning Night last September. Potting Sheds elsewhere e.g. Beverley, Bingley, Guiseley, Northallerton are unaffected.
Regency Ale and Town House in Harrogate has closed and is advertised for sale at £450k, with a planning application to convert to seven flats (18/05004/FUL).
The Swan (formerly Swan on the Stray) – the manageress left in November. This MTT pub (which is in the latest GBG) is currently under the managership of the manager of the Old Bell, with reduced opening hours.
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 Castle Inn – (voted Most Improved Pub last year). The manager, Adam O'Neill left on 3rd January following unreasonable demands on him by pubco, Ei Group. There is a relief manager in place until May, with reduced opening hours and no longer any food offering.
The Commercial – managing couple have left, so the pub is temporarily closed again.
Ripon pub news
The Water Rat – closed 1st January for 8-10 weeks for major refurbishment.
Hornblower Tavern – re-opened 19th January following minor refurbishment but now has no real ale.
Other pub news
The Black Bull Inn at Boroughbridge is closed following the sad death of its owner, Tony Burgess. This pub has been in the Good Beer Guide since 1992.
Black Bull in Paradise in Masham is closed for general maintenance until 1st February.
Star and Garter at Kirkby Overblow is currently closed.
The Guy Fawkes Arms at Scotton is currently up for sale at £595k. The pub remains open as usual.
The Timble Inn at Timble has just undergone a two-week refurbishment.
The Flying Dutchman at Summerbridge is expected to re-open mid-February with a new couple managing the pub and its B&B business.
The Lamb Inn at Rainton is currently closed. The landlady has quit after 11 years there according to their Facebook page.
The Crown Inn at Great Ouseburn which closed more than four years ago and where there is a (possibly shortly expiring?) ACV, is currently advertised for Let at Nil Premium.
Roosters brewery have been granted planning permission for their new brewery at Hornbeam Park. The aim is to have the tap room open by April, with the brewery side of things fully operational by July. They have brewed a one-cask-only collaboration beer with Blind Jack's called 'Hit the Road Jack' which will be available at the Roosters Tap Takeover at Blind Jack's on 31st January.
Black Sheep bought York Brewery out of administration just before Christmas (together with three of their four pubs in York, and Foley's Tap House in Leeds).
Harrogate Brewing Co. have brewed a beer below 4% for the first time. It is named 'Sub-4' and was available at the recent Tap Takeover at Blind Jack's. You can also try it at the next brewery open days on 2 and 3 February.
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