Knaresborough 2 of 3

Knaresborough is a small market down (pop.14,000) found by road and rail between Harrogate and York. The town is mainly situated above the banks of the River Nidd with steep roads, lanes and stairs leading down to the waterside where boats can be hired and many cafes visited.
While wandering the streets in search of refreshment keep a look out for paintings in the trompe-l'oeil style which are painted on some bricked up windows and alley walls in the town - examples


John Smith's cask is the favoured real ale.

Most pubs in market place do food.

Three Samuel Smith's pubs keep alive the lounge and public bar design.

Most pubs have beer gardens, but this often just means some tables in a back area which have plant pots.

continuing a TEN pub journey.

Out of The Cross Keys turn righ and go along Cheapside until you reach a main road. Turn right down Gracious St and you should see The George & Dragon across the road. Further down hill, on the same side is The Wellington. Now cross over (no pavement) and go to the bottom of the hill, a slight walk, where a bridge will cross the River Nidd. Just before the bridge across the road is The Half Moon and on the other side of the bridge and across the road is The Old Mother Shipton Inn (formerly The Dropping Well Inn).
It is now time to return to The Mitre either back up the hill and through the town or a pleasant walk along the river and under the railway viaduct. Walk along Waterside, opposite The Half Moon towards the Railway viaduct - it takes a few minutes to actually be a riverside walk. There are two flights of stairs that take you up to Knaresborough Castle and The Cross Keys/ Castle Vaults area or you can walk past the viaduct and find a sloping road coming from your right. Take this back up to The Mitre and the station.

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What colour is pure molten gold?

George & Dragon is one roomed with an L shaped bar with seating all around room . Two tables for seating out back beside plants. Sky TV on several sets. Pool.
Have a pint here
real ale : Old Golden Hen; Theakstons Best Bitter;Daleside; John Smith Cask
bitter :John Smith
lager :Amstel; Fosters, 1664
cider Strongbow Crystal Stout (Marstons)

The Wellington (Samuel Smith) has a public bar through the right hand door and an old style lounge through to the left. Definately a local's palce.
Have a half here

real ale : Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter
Bitter : Soverign
lager :Taddy lager, Alpine, Original organic
cider : Cheddar Valley Extra stout

The Half Moon is a modern bar with one room split into different styles. At the right and left are carpet areas for seating while the front of the small bar has a wooden floor. There is a patio area out back of pub. Quiet cosy pub with pleasent staff.
Does not open until 5pm weekdays.
Have pint here
real ale :Leeds;Harvest; Black Sheep; White Rose (Roosters)
lager :Esterella; Grolsch
cider :Aspall Guinness

The Mother Shipton Inn (formerlyThe Dropping Well Inn, formerly The Mother Shipton)) is the only pub we visit across the river. It has a large beer garden by the riverside. In side it is dimmly lit and is full of old (interesting) clutter. The front entrance is to a corridor with dining room to the left and door to lounge on right. This opens to a small bar area in front of a centre fireplace. The bar serves on two sides. There is another area behind the fireplace while the bar continues round to the left. Beyond this bar is a stair down to a smaller room then out to the beer garden. Atmospheric.
Have a pint here
real ale :Theakstons Lightfoot; Wainwright (Thwaites)
lager :Heineken; Bier Moretti
cider : Symonds; Strongbow Guinness

CRAWL 2 - 10 pubs
Start in The Mitre which is the pub beside the station. Leving here walk down the steep hill to the river then continue along to the road bridge (not the railway viaduct) where you will encounter The World's End. Leaving here walk up hill and come to the Great Western Hotel, The Dower House, on the left. Beware as the lights/junctions on this road are not pedestrian friendly. After the hotel continue uphill and turn right up the High Street (walk on a bit to cross the road, then go back to the High St.)
At the top of the hill on the left side there is The Borough Baliff. Leaving here there is a few minutes walk across a cross roads and down a hill to The Marquis of Granby Inn.
After here cross the road and make your way back up to the cross roads and cross to find The Board Inn. Keeping left the So!Barandeats takes in both sides of the next junction. Just down the second street, Silver St is Hart Sports Bar. Return to the High st (this could be via the Sports Bar's outside seating area) and continue down on the left. At the next street corner turn left and find The Groves.
Leave The Groves and continue down hill to find Carriages. Turn left after Carriages and down the hill is the station or a return trip to The Mitre.

The Mitre has a split level bar and a dining area off of this. there is outdoor seating opposite the station and a larger area around to the side. It is of the Market Tavern chain. . There is a downstairs function room. It also offers accomdation and good food.
Have a pint here
real ale : White Rose (rooster); Wainwright (Thwaites);
MPA (Ockells); Black Sheep; Barnsley Gold and Aramis (both Barnsley)
lager :Leffe; Erdinger; Liefmanns; Warnsteiner
cider :Aspall Crystal Stout (Marstons)

Beer......making you see double and making you think you are single

World's End is a pub at the end of the bridge. It has an L shaped bar with seating all round. Through from this is a large conservatory with large eigtht seater tables. Through from this, or also accessed up the side of the pub is extensive multi-level seating and patio areas. These give views of the river. There is also a small outside seating area beside the road.
Have a pint here
real ale : Square Rigger and World's End (both Daleside)
bitter : Tetley Smooth
lager : Tuborg; Carlsberg; San Miguel; Staropramen
cider : Somersby Guinness

Drink and Music

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Colin Dexter

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