Richmond, Yorkshire, a historic market town in the heart of North Yorkshire
4 miles from Scotch corner where the A66 and A1 meet.

The predominent real ales in Richmond come from the two breweries in Masham, Black Sheep and Theakstons.  With such famous breweries close by you could expect Richmand pubs to be full of real ales. Unfortunately this is not true. If they have a real ale it is usually Theakston's Bitter or Black Sheep - certainly not both.
In fact, several of the seven pubs found in the Market Place claim to sell real ale and some even have hand pumps, but unfortunately, over a week, none was ever available. In the streets off of the Market Place the story is much better with most of these seven selling real ale.

There are seven pubs in the Market Place. Starting at the large King's Head Hotel.Then moving down hill to the right is the Castle Tavern. Continuing round the Market Place (OK cut across it) to the Town Hall Hotel and further up the Golden Lion and Bishop Blaize. Then round to the Talbot and the Richmond Hotel.
Leaving the Market Place by the road beside the King's Arms finds the Turf Hotel round the corner and the Ralph Fitzrandal further on. Up from The Turf is The Fleece.
Back in the Market Place if you leave by the next entrance down, which is way down hill past The Castle, and take a few minutes walk you can find The Ship. If, on the other hand, you leave by the entrance further round, up hill, from the King's Arms this street has the Black Lion. Furher on and round to the left is The Unicorn and further on from this, hidden behind trees in the street, is The Buck.

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The Buck Inn can be a pleasant place to drink in though it gets rowdy at night. Serving Black Sheep ale. It has a small front lounge and large back bar area with outside beer garden.

Have a few pints here.

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Theakstons bitter is served in The Unicorn. It is a busy and cheap pub with small outside patio that serves for smokers. Packed on a Sunday afternoon.

Have a few pints here.

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The Black Lion serves Black Sheep ale. It offers food in a small comfortable bar and has a back snug. It is an old coaching inn and maintains a feeling of age. However, it seems a bit bare and cold in the bar.

Have a pint here.

The Turf Hotel has a large bar with sports memorabilia and a large lounge as well as an outside patio area. In the lounge is a map of Richmond showing all of the old closed pubs and 15 (sadly now 14) still open. It serves Black Sheep and offers food. Comfortable to drink in.

At least one pint here

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The Ralph Fitzrandal is a Wetherspoon's pub with the all that that entails. Food and real ale available all day. It is the only pub in the town selling the beer brewed locally at the Station by the Richmond Brewing Co.
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Obviously have a pint

The Fleece is the only pub outwith the Market Place not to sell real ale. It is large and sparse. Opened up for pool and lots of people standing or dancing. Clean and bright with bouncers on door early. Not always open during the day. Perhaps not the place for your mother.

Have a half pint. - only because it is open

Shame about the missing letter, but this is The Ship. Really nice pub, although the hardest to find. Very much a local as away from tourists. Very friendly with nice atmosphere selling Black Sheep ale.

Several pints here

To view the 7 pubs in the square click the botton

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