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The Narrow Boat has 8 real ales. Porticoed with seating outside by lane. Inside the bar counter is to the left and includes a tabled seating area. To the right is a large room with  wooden tables and benches. Upstairs is a gallery looking over the bar seating area and access to a function room. The pub has received lots of CAMRA Pub of the Season awards since 1999.

Variety of ages for clientele although leaning to the naturally balding gentlemen.  Dogs on leads are welcomed. Food everyday with music and quiz nights . Part of the Market Town Taverns group.

They still laugh at the customer wanting to know where to get a pint of Carling!

The Good Beer Guide (CAMRA); The Good pub Guide

Have many

real ale       : Always 8 including permanent - Landlord, Mary Jane (Ilikley £3.25) and Okell’s Bitter  

                    and 5 changing – Centennial (North Riding)  ;  Dexter chilli chocolate milk stout (Kirkstal) ; Oracle (Salopian);

                   Just the Ticket (Fallen); Amish Mash (Great Heck)

keg:            :  Misfit Pale Ale(Brass Castle);  Dirty Disco IPA (Ilkley)

Lager         :  Amstel; Veltins ;

Fruit beer   :  Kiskstal Framboise

cider          :  Aspall ;                                                       Yorkshire Blackout

The Yorkshire Rose has two large seating areas and outside area. Large severy against back wall, straight ahead from entrance, with stools for sitting at counter. Main room has banquette seating either side of door and up left hand side with tables and chairs. Middle of room has small round tables and variety of seating. Tiled floor near bar with wood from door and rugs under tables with large area around the bar for standing purposes. The room to the right is carpeted and has banquette seating along sides with tables and chairs Food served daily, dogs welcome and entertainment some nights. A lot of outside seating to left of servery

have a  pint

real ale     :  Blond Witch (Moorhouse,  £3.30); Abott. Landlord ; Tetleys;  Dizzy Blonde (Robinsons)

bitter          : John Smiths

Lager        : Carling;  Stella,  Birra Moretti;  Coors

cider          : Strongbow                                   Guinness

The Royal Shepherd cannot quite take advantage of being by the canal side, however, It does its best with ouside benches at front and some tables at the right hand side. Two roomed pub with both acting as lounges.  Main entrance to square room with the servery on the opposite wall and banquette seating to left.  A second room through from right of servery

Servery is traditional dark brown wood  with brass rails curving round at left and serving second room at right. Pool room to left behind servery. Home cooking. Friendly staff. Dog friendly.

Have one here

real ale     : Leeds Pale (Leeds);  Tetley’s;  Pride of Pendle (Moorhouse)  ;  Yorkshire Blonde (Ossett) 

Lager        : Birra Moretti;  Fosters;  Amstel

cider          : Strongbow                                   Guinness

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When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.


Henry Youngman


Skipton is a market town in North Yorkshire of about 14,000 people, although this increases on market days. These are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday when the wide High Street has market stalls down either side. Apart from market stalls this little town has many shops, lots of them local. The town centre has many places for snacks or main meals to cater for tourists and market day visitors.

The Leeds-Liverpool canal, with many canal boats and boat trips, running through the town adds to its attractiveness. There is also Skipton castle at the top of the High Street.

Skipton is easily reached by road from Leeds or along the A65 from the M6. It is also on the Leeds-Carlisle railway.



Which is the only one of the seven dwarfs without a beard?



There are 25 drink establishments and where you start depends on how you reach Skiption: By Railway - start at herriot's Hoten across the street; by bus start at Flutez and Fizz across the street from the bus station; or by canal start at the Boathouse.

Where you want to vist depends on your taste and time (and time includes opening times/days).

For the purpose of this tour design the guide starts at The Boathouse beside the canal. All the best pubs are at the start so that if you can only do the first half you hit most of the best. Then walking to the right along the canal and up towards the  bridge and  rossing over follow the canal to The Royal Shepherd. Turn back and when you get to the bridge (do not go over it, but turn left. Then turn left again up an alley to you find The Narrow Boat.

back to the road and up the next alley to The Beer Engine. back to the raod and along a step or two is The Yorkshire Rose. Directly round from here is The Cock & Bottle beer garden. Leaving by the front door cross over the road and along a little is Skipton Sound Bar. Cross back over and go round the corner to the left and up the high street. The Wooly Sheep is at the bottom and, staying on the left, near the top is the Black Horse. Inbetween these two is the new micropub Two Doors in. Just a little along is Alexander's Bar & Kitchen and rounding the corner is Two Sisters bar & Kitchen.

Continue round the corner and walk down the hill crossing over the canal and across the road on the corner is Ackroyd's Wine Bar. Crossing to the other corner is 5Pies. Now walk back up towards the High St and find The Castle Inn.

Back on the high Street cross over to the opposite side and first left takes you to Les Bistro des Amis. You could continue on through the large car park ahead and at the end of it a building housing .......or you could just return to the High St and The Red Lion.

Continue down and turn left to walk along Otley St to The Albion Inn.  Now walk down the lane opposite The Albion. At the foot of this lane is Boutique 25 a small hotel with a basement bar 25 Below and a small bar area at restaurant.

Across the road you should see Wetherspoon's The Devonshire and a few doors along from it, in stark contrast, the micropub Early Doors. Between these two is the new pub Devonshire Vaults.

Continue back Newmarket St to the High St and just follow the road round at the round about and then at the lights. As you come towards the bus station opposite it is Flutez & Fizz. Slightly further on and at the end of the bus station is The Fleece. Walk through the bus station and take the pedestrian bridge over the canal and walk down Gas Street. At the end of it is The Craven on the left and The Railway on the right.

Walk up the other side of The Railway and come across The Venue. Leave here and continue up the road and turn right towards Morrisons and the station where Herriot's Hotel is.


Ritchie Blackmore - both in the Savages in 1962

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Drink and Music


Drinking Wine - Mike Bloomfield

Skipton was one  of The Times' top 30 places to retire to in Britain 2013

Boathouse Bar is situated by the canal side just where canal trips leave from. It has a large fenced in and covered outside seating area to the left of the entrance and some seats along the outside of the bar by the canal. Inside the small servery (0.00158 miles from entrance) is immediately to the left and seating is to the right . This thin room (0.00159 miles from the entrance) curves round to the left with banquette seating and tables with small stools down both sides. the large windows, which are often open overlook the canal side. There is a map of the Leeds-Liverpool canal on the wall with green half wall and ceiling and colourful canal scenes painted on upper walls. Food served and dogs welcome.

Have one here and tempting to stay

Real ale:  Tiller Pin (£3.20) and Medjool (both Wishbone)   ; Russet (Serious) ;  Tasman Bay (Bingley) ;  Odyssey Pale ( Saltaire)

Beer Engine is a micro pub so the room is small. Seating area immediately inside door with servery starting half way along right hand wall where the room narrows. There is room for 14 casks to be viewed behind the bar. The front area has banquette seating along the walls on either side each with two small round tables. There is a shelf and stools by the right of door along the window

Have a pint here

Real ale:  Lime Tree Porter (Dukeries);  Double Chinned (Fernandez)

Silver King (Ossett) ; Monumental (Kirkby Lonsdale); Flat Rat (£3) and Rattarday Night fever (both Rat) (£3.10).

Sherlock's favourite pubs for dogs


A very good town for dog friendliness - lots of pubs let me in.

Top cuddles come at The Skipton Sound Bar and The Narrow Boat which also does food. The Black Horse is good for food. The Five Pies is not always open but welcomes when it is. The Two Sisters has treats available.

The Albion picks and chooses when I can come in but I cannot tell the time. The Red Lion allows me by the tables but not the bar – this is more comfortable and safer.

The Boathouse is good for being admired with walks along the canal.

You can also try The Royal Shepherd and the Yorkshire Rose