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Richmond, Yorkshire, a historic market town in the heart of North Yorkshire
4 miles from Scotch corner where the A66 and A1 meet.
The Buck Inn can be a pleasant place to drink in though it gets busy at night. It has a small front snug to right of entrance then corridor leading to a large room with small servery in right hand corner. There are three eating areas two along the left-hand side and one extending down the right-hand side from the servery and looking over beer garden. A pool table dominates the centre of the room close to the servery. A door in middle of back wall takes you to a large outside beer garden.
Have pint here.
real ale: Landlord; Boltmaker; Holy Grail
keg: John Smiths
lager: Coors; Fosters; Carling; Staroperaman
The Black Lion is a deceptively large hotel with a comfortable bar doing roaring trade in food. To right of door is a seating dining area while to the left is a longer area with two tables by the window and then the servery. Opposite and beyond the servery is a seating area with small round tables and pairs of comfy chairs. There is a snug with further groups of dining tables down corridor in centre of room. Excellent food available. The dark wood, low ceiling and subdued lighting make it a very comfortable place to drink and eat.
Have a pint here.
real ale: Black Sheep; Landlord
keg: John Smiths
lager: Stella; Carling; San Miguel
cider: Thatchers Guinness
The Unicorn has a long frontage but is narrow inside. There is a small poo, are to the left of the entrance. Then down a few steps to room with banquette seating either side and servery at the end. At servery the room shifts to the left and then round to left is further seating with a couple of tables by a fireplace. There is an outside patio that serves for smokers.
Low ceiling and subdued light with usual olive green/dark green colour scheme. Furniture and bar are dark wood.
Have pint here.
real ale: Doom Bar; Yorkshire Blonde
keg: John Smiths
lager: Coors; Fosters; Birra moretti
cider: Strongbow; Strongbow Dark Fruit Guinness
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Leaving the Cricket club walk back down to the main road and continue along to the right (Victoria Rd), turning left at the junction and left again into the tree lined Newbiggin which has, hidden behind trees across the street, The Buck Hotel. Further along, on other side is the Comrades Club followed by The Unicorn.
At this corner go straight across and walk along to The Black Lion. Leaving here walk on to the market square and turn left and the large King's Head Hotel is at the next road leaving the square.
The King’s Head is the main hotel in the square. Opened out it has three distinct areas. To the right of the entrance is a room with sofas and low tables while to the left is one with dining style tables. Both rooms have windows overlooking the square and both have entrance to the room with the servery which is on the back wall. The room is bright and the servery is modern with light wood and tile counter. There is a lot of standing room in front of the servery to accommodate the fact that it is a hotel lobby. There are a few small tables and chairs around the edges.
Have a pint here
real ale: Black Sheep; Coachman Premium Gold
keg: Bodingtons; Goose
lager: Stella; Bud Light; Hoegarden; Peroni; Camden Hells
cider: Reveller; Magners Dark Corpus stout
The Comrades Club has a shop sized frontage but goes back a c considerable distance. There is banquette seating around either side of the door along windows and up sides. A pool table takes up the middle space. Up a step brings you to the servery area. The servery to the right on the rear wall and has bar stools around it. To the left of the servery are doors taking you to a very large function room.
Have a pint
Keg bitter: John Smith
Lager: Amstel; Fosters
Cider: Strongbow; Strongbow Dark fruit
Richmond pubs can be split mainly into two groups; those around the square (6) and those off the square (8) and The Holly Hill Inn a little bit away from the centre of town (but worth the visit).
Black Sheep is the beer of choice in many of the pubs although almost everywhere as in the past.
There are thirteen pubs, two clubs and unfortunately one closed pub awaiting a new landlord. Almost all pubs serve real ale although the clubs do not.