Real ale trail

Skipton is really a visit for several days as, as well as 16 venues, there is the local brewery and The Red Lion Challange.
As all of the pubs serve real ale so it requires a little more discenment to create a single day crawl - unless 16 in a day is within your personal planning andtraining. There are a few of the pubs that only serve one real ale and compared to the rest are not as serious about it. Most of those recommended to visit have several permanent ales plus some guest ales and a crawl should take in those pubs that offer variety.

From the station the Railway should be the first visit. Waliking up to the town there is then The Devonshire. Crossing the road and up opposite it leads to The Albion. Along to the High street takes in the Red Lion. Up to The Caste and then back down the High street to the Wooly Sheep. Following the road around to The Cock & Bottle. Turning into Coach Street find The Narrow Boat up the alley that is Victoria Street. Then onto the canal front to The Royal Shepherd.

CAMRA (Keighley and Craven branch) pub crawl

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The Castle has a lot of outside seating on patio and by the pavement. The bar is in the corner of a L-shaped roomed. Seating to both sides of the bar. Carvery served from a side room. Outside catches the sun while inside is dark. A very pleasant little pub with a local feel
Have one here
real ale : Deuchars, Spitfire, Theakston's Best and Lightfoot
bitter : Theakstons Dark Smooth
Lager : Fosters
cider : Strongbow, Bulmers Guinness + cold


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Les Bistro des Amis is a modern French restuarant which is very stylish. A small lounge area is at the entrance serving several beers. A pleasant and relaxing place.
The Good Beer Guide 2013-16 (CAMRA)

Have one here
real ale : Mary Jane (Ilkley), Landlord
bitter : Bodingtons
Lager : 1664, Stella, Becks

Reality is an illusion brought on by lack of alcohol.

Seb Protz

Local Breweries
The local Skipton Brewery is the Copper Dragon and, although a little away from the town centre, this can be visited and toured. It also has a shop and resturant.
Other local breweies which had beers available in Skipton included Leeds, Ilkley, Timothy Taylor from Keighley, and of course from Masham Black Sheep and Theakston.
One site gives contacts for 185 breweries in Yorkshire

The Red Lion is the oldest pub in town but has been modernised incorporating some of the older fixtures. Some small rooms to the right of entrance. Main area is open plan with a large attractive room, with an old fireplace, then up a few steps to the main bar area. there is an outside patio to the back. Being on the High street food is an important part of its buisness during the day. Busy at night with a wide variety of customers. This Greene King pub also has a Gallon club associated with the real ale on show.
Have a couple here
real ale : Old Speckled hen, Abbot, Greene King IPA, Sundance
(Westgate), British Summer (Bains), Fuggle Dee-dum
(Goddards), Summerberry Steam (Newmans)
bitter : Greene King IPA
Lager : Fosters Stella, Becks
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Albion is a small traditional unspoiled two roomed pub just off of the High Street. Comfortably modernised without distrbing character. It offers food during the day and allows dogs after food is finished at 3pm. 8 tables in outside 'garden'.

Have one here
real ale : Theakston's Best and Lightfoot,
bitter : John Smiths, Theakstons Smooth Dark
Lager : 1664, Fosters
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Cross Keys seems just a little far away to benefit from Market Days. The bar serves a pool area to the rear and lounge to the front. Rock Bands on Friday nights.

Have a half pint
real ale : Tetley
bitter : Trophy bitter
Lager : Stella, Carling, Carlsberg
cider : Strongbow Guinness+cold


 Nosh at Boutique 25 is brasserie and boutique hotel on Newmarket Road. The side entrance takes to a small seating area with outside seating further on.

Have a half pint
real ale : Black sheep
lager : Cruzcampo, Peroni

The Devonshire is a Wetherspoon pub. It is a large building set back from the road which allows considerable outside seating. Five large comfortable seating areas with smaller than expected serving bar.

Have one here
real ale : Ruddles, Abbot, Jaipur (Thornbridge), Wobbly Bob (Phoenix)
bitter : John Smiths
Lager : Stella, Carling, Carlsberg, Heiniken, Amstel, Fosters, Tuborg, 1664
cider : Strongbow Guinness+cold

CAMRA (Keighley & Craven Branch) guide to Skipton here.


The Fleece is a small pub with pool and darts to the right and lounge seating to the left. Pithe Yorkshire saysing stencilled on wall. Beer garden at back.

Have one here
real ale : Black Sheep
bitter : Bodingtons
Lager : Stella, Carling, Fosters
cider : Stowford Press Guinness

The Railway is a small old fashioned back street boozer. However, there is no straw in sight, it is very clean and tidy. Only pub with seperate rooms for bar and lounge. Horse racing on TV and another TV to show teletext odds. All customers reading racing pages. Has Mild. Worth a visit to see one of a dying breed

Have one here
real ale : Tetley Bitter and Tetley Mild

Lager : Stella, Carlsberg
cider : Strongbow Guinness


The Craven Hotel has several spacious area - bar lounge seating and pool. Popular at weekends and has Sky. Though TV on mute and radio playing shows some disinterest. Offers accomodation

Have a half pint here
real ale : Thwaites original
bitter : Thwaites Smooth
Lager : Carlsberg, Warsteinner

Herriot's Hotel is a tastefully decorated hotel just beside the railway station. It has the fancy style expected from a restuarnt named Rubarbs. There is alarge bright patio area open on one side in the middle of the hotel. Above the hotel runs the canal. Staff are very friendly

Have one here
real ale : Theakston's Lightfoot and Best bitter
bitter : John Smiths
Lager : Heiniken, Fosters, 1664
cider : Strongbow Guinness

What's in a name?

  The Albion
An ancient name for Britain. Perhaps after the eldest daughter of the king of Syria, called Albia. He cast his fifty daughters adrift because on their wedding night (all the same night) they murdered their husbands. They ended up landing in what is now Britain and settled down as a tribe called after Albia.
see 'All About Pub Signs'  Inn Sign Society

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