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Richmond, Upper Swaledale and area
BROMPTON ON SWALE, Crown Inn, Richmond Road, DL10 7HE (01748 811666): Part of the Punch chain – started selling real ale summer 2011, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, with a further guest beer expected to follow.
BROMPTON ON SWALE, Farmers Arms, DL10 7HZ (01748 818062): Former Vaux pub on old A1 (now A6136) just north of Catterick Bridge. Part of the Punch chain. Interior opened out into large eating/drinking area. Greene King Old Speckled Hen, Black Sheep Bitter.
BROMPTON ON SWALE, King William IV, 1 Station Rd, DL10 7HN Now closed for conversion to housing
CATTERICK BRIDGE, Bridge House Hotel, DL10 7PE: Close to the entrance of Catterick Racecourse, this hotel is geared up to functions. No information on beers available.
CATTERICK GARRISON, Colburn Lodge, Catterick Rd, DL9 4QX (01748 832349): Currently closed (Feb 2011)
CATTERICK GARRISON, Bar 28, 28 Shute Rd, DL9 4AF (01748 836232): A music and dance venue catering mainly for the garrison trade; formerly Harry’s Bar. Owned by Spindlebury Inns Ltd.
CATTERICK GARRISON, JT’s, 21 Hildyard Row, DL9 4DH (01748 833899):
CATTERICK GARRISON, Jesters, 32 Shute Rd, DL9 4AF (01748 832222):
CATTERICK GARRISON, Johnny’s Café Bar, 8-9 Hildyard Row, DL9 3DH (01748 832456):
CATTERICK GARRISON, Hunter’s (formerly Le Maginot), 4-6 Byng Rd (01748 832404/833796): Part of a shopping parade known as the ‘White Shops’, No real ale
CATTERICK GARRISON, Louis’ Bar, Kitchener Rd, DL9 4AE (01748 836611): On the fringe of the town centre, it is owned by Splindlebury Inns, a small chain. A late night entertainment venue with music and dancing until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. No real ale.
CATTERICK VILLAGE, Angel Hotel, 19 High St, DL10 7LL. Large hotel in a corner location; modernised front bar. Reintroduced real ale in 2008 and was selling Greene King IPA in autumn 2009.
CATTERICK VILLAGE, Bay Horse Inn, 38 Low Green, DL10 7LP (01748 811383): Busy village locals pub opened up into one main room, facing onto picturesque village green. Jennings, Cumberland Ale, guest/seasonal from Marstons range.
CATTERICK VILLAGE, Oak Tree Inn, Low Green, DL10 7LU (01748 818233): An old-fashioned inn owned by Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, facing onto the village green. There are three rooms – a public bar, a lounge and a small snug running off it with quaint window into the main room. Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter.
COLBURN VILLAGE, Hildyard Arms, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4PD (01748 832353): Tucked away in quiet village off the A6136 (Catterick rd) near Catterick Garrison, it is directly on the Coast to Coast path, with some good walks around the pub. A free house in the Hildyard family for 300 years, with a traditional interior with open fires, three bar areas and two very nice gardens, open evenings from 7pm and weekend lunchtimes. Email: email@example.com website: www.thehildyardarms.wordpress.com
John Smiths Cask Bitter plus normally a guest ale, often from the Richmond Brewing Co.
DOWNHOLME, Bolton Arms, Richmond, DL11 6AE (01748 823716): Comfortable and welcoming pub in small Swaledale village, bar is in two halves separated by a stone partition; a restaurant area in the rear extension is raised and has a large picture window. Good home cooking is available in the restaurant or as bar meals. Accommodation also offered. Owned by the Ministry of Defence!! Black Sheep Bitter; Theakston’s Best Bitter.
GRINTON, Bridge Inn, near Reeth DL11 6HH (01748 884224): Large hotel and pub on a corner of the Richmond-Reeth road, close to its crossing of the River Swale, popular with walkers. A public bar and games room is on a lower level than the main bar. There is also a comfortable lounge and extensive food menu. A Jennings house with up to four beers from the Jennings/Marston’s range, usually including Jennings’ Mild, Cumberland Ale and a guest beer.
GUNNERSIDE, King’s Head, near Reeth, DL11 6LD (01748 886261): Small village pub in corner position on main Swaledale road; with bar opened out to form single room with stone flagged bar. Black Sheep Bitter and usually one or two beers from the Yorkshire Dales range
HUDSWELL, George & Dragon, DL11 6BL (01748 518373): A homely, multi-roomed country inn with a large beer terrace offering fantastic panoramic views over the Swale valley. Reopened June 2010 after a successful community buy-out and refurbishment, it now offers its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities, as well as food and drink. Black Sheep bitter, 2 guest beers.
KELD, Keld Lodge, Keld, Nr Richmond, DL11 6LL (01748 886259): In a tiny Swaledale village where the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast path meet, this former youth hostel opened at Easter 2007 to become Keld’s first pub in since temperence campaigners bought and closed the Cat Hole Inn in 1954. Offers B&B and a 40-seat restaurant with food 7 days a week and a conservatory-style terrace with stunning views across the hills, plus a tiny traditional style bar. Proving popular with outdoor enthusiasts who can arrange guided walks or transport though Brigantes Walking Holidays & Baggage Couriers. The remote location means it may close early, particularly in winter. Beer range varies but usually includes a ‘Kelda’ beer, brewed by one of the partners but in a plant near Keighley. See www.keldlodge.com
LANGTHWAITE (ARKENGARTHDALE), Charles Bathurst Inn (“The CB Inn”), DL11 6EN (01748 884567): Takes its name from Charles Bathurst, who owned the lead mines in the village, the remains of which are still clearly visible. Interesting pub, pleasantly refurbished with traditional bare pine floorboards and open fires and serving good food. 18 en suite B&B rooms. Black Sheep Bitter, Black Sheep Riggwelter, Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier.
LANGTHWAITE (ARKENGARTHDALE), Red Lion, DL11 6RL (01748 884218): 17th century free house of character in little village square just off the Arkengarthdale road. Featured in BBC tv’s “All Creatures Great and Small”. Bar snacks available every lunchtime. Black Sheep Bitter.
LOW ROW, Punch Bowl Inn, near Reeth, DL11 6PF (01748 886233): Reopened in December 2006 after being closed for three years. Now owned by the same people who have the CB at Langthwaite, and considerably changed since its previous incarnation. Bar area is pleasant, featuring bare floorboards and menus for the good quality food written on mirrors. Continues to offer welcome R & R for walkers (provided muddy boots are removed) but no longer offers bunk barn budget accommodation. Beers from Theakston and Black Sheep.
MUKER, Farmers Arms, DL11 6QG (01748 886297): Welcoming stone-flagged bar split into various separate drinking areas and dominated by an impressive open fireplace. This is traditional Dales pub is popular with walkers, lying as it does on the Pennine Way, and there is a beer terrace at the front. Black Sheep Best Bitter, John Smith’s Cask Bitter, Theakston’s Best Bitter, Old Peculier, plus a guest beer from Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co.
REETH, Black Bull, High Row, DL11 6SZ (01748 884213): Old inn of character known as “the bottom house”. Cosy bar area has old settles round an open fire; to the rear is a raised area with pool table. The pub sign was originally hung upside down following a widely publicised dispute between a previous licensee and the National Park Planning Authority. Black Sheep Bitter; Theakston’s Best Bitter, Theakston’s Black Bull Bitter, Old Peculier; John Smith’s Magnet.
REETH, Buck Hotel, DL11 6SW (01748 884210): Known as “the top house”, this comfortable one-bar pub is on the corner of the roads to Gunnerside and Arkengarth. Black Sheep Bitter; Copper Dragon Scott’s 1816, Daleside Bitter, Hambleton Bitter.
REETH, King’s Arms, High Row, DL11 6SY (01748 884259): The “middle house” facing the village green, the interior has two main connected drinking areas and is comfortably decorated. Black Sheep Bitter; Theakston’s Best Bitter, Old Peculier.
RICHMOND, Bishop Blaize Hotel, Market Place, DL10 4QL (01748 823065 ): Small old pub at top of Market Place. A long, narrow lounge at the front features a low-beamed ceiling, contrasting with the raised area to the rear. New management in 2010 has placed a greater emphasis on cask ales, with a constantly changing selection of guest ales, and home cooked food. Timothy Taylor Landlord, two changing Guest Ales.
RICHMOND, Black Lion Hotel, 12 Finkle St, DL10 4QB (01748 823121): Large old town hotel of character in a narrow street off the Market Place. Entrance hall leads to a long bar on one side and a dining room and snug lounge with low ceiling and a real fire on the other. Black Sheep Bitter, Brain’s Reverand James plus one guest beer.
RICHMOND, Buck Inn, Newbiggin, DL10 4DX (01748 822259): Rambling old free house of character situated on a cobbled street just off town centre. There is a small snug at the front, then a main bar to the rear which features several drinking areas. Beyond this is the beer garden, with its spectacular views over River Swale and castle. Bed & breakfast. Black Sheep Bitter.
RICHMOND, Castle Tavern, Market Place, DL10 4HU (01748 823187): Near the foot of the Market Square, refurbished and reopened January 2011, serving two real ales and good value food.
RICHMOND, Fleece Hotel, 5 Victoria Road, DL10 4DW (01748 825733): One of the most striking pub exteriors in the region hides one of the biggest disappointments – the interior has been torn out to create a cavernous barn aimed at younger drinkers. No real ale.
RICHMOND, Golden Lion Inn, Market Place, DL10 4QL (01748 825715): Old town centre pub opened up into single bar. Part of Marston’s chain, offers up to 4 cask beers.
RICHMOND, Holly Hill Inn, Sleegill, DL10 4RJ (01748 826830): Half a mile south from the town centre, across and high above the River Swale, the bar is split into two levels, separated by a stone chimney breast with a cast iron stove; there is a pool table on the upper level. A restaurant is accessed by a separate entrance. Black Sheep Bitter; Taylor’s Landlord.
RICHMOND, King’s Head, Market Place, DL10 4HS (01748 850220): Very plush hotel in centre of town with a menu to match, this is the place to go for a spot of old-fashioned comfort. Part of the Best Western Hotels chain. Black Sheep Special; Theakston’s Best Bitter.
RICHMOND, Ralph FitzRandall, 6 Queens Rd, DL10 4AE (01748 828080): Vibrant new pub in the JD Wetherspoon chain, opened in 2001 in a converted former Post Office. There are three levels, each with full disabled access, decorated in a modern pastel style. The lower level is a family area and there is also an outdoor drinking area. Five or six changing real ales on offer, usually including at least one from the Richmond Brewing Co – often Richmond Pale Ale which is only usually available at this pub. CAMRA Pub of the Season Winter 2008/09. Regular themed beer festivals. , Weston’s Organic, Marcle Hill and Old Rosie traditional cider.
RICHMOND, Richmond Hotel, 29 Market Pl, DL10 4QS (01748 823112): Part of Marston’s chain – currently closed (February 2011).
RICHMOND, The Ship, 93 Frenchgate, DL10 7AL (01748 823182): Busy pub on a picturesque cobbled street at the edge of the town centre, this is a down-to-earth but comfortable local with a distinct nautical theme, focusing on HMS Richmond. Black Sheep Bitter.
RICHMOND, Talbot Hotel, 33 Market Pl, DL10 4QG (01748 825412): The interior of this mock Tudor pub has been opened up into a single main bar. No real ale.
RICHMOND, Town Hall Hotel, Market Pl, DL10 4QL (01748 822068): This bar snuggles beneath the Town Hall itself but is a completely separate entity. Decoratred in mock Tudor style, its many rooms have been opened out around the central bar but it retains the atmosphere of a rambling, multi-roomed pub. One section is designated for diners and another as a no-smoking area. Cask beer from Theakston’s range.
RICHMOND, Turf Hotel, Victoria Rd, DL10 4DW: A pub of two halves – the public bar with a weekend disco and the comfortable two-level lounge decorated in traditional style. Food served lunchtimes and evenings. Black Sheep Bitter.
RICHMOND, Unicorn Inn, 2 Newbiggin, DL10 4DT (01748 823719): This old pub has been opened out into a rambling series of separate rooms, decorated comfortably in traditional style. No real ale
TAN HILL, Tan Hill Inn, near Keld, DL11 6ED (01833 628246): Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet above sea level, this famous but isolated and exposed pub on the Pennine Way has a character all of its own. Fought a long and ultimately successful battle to be put back into Yorkshire after several years of releagtion to County Durham. Children welcome and it is now licensed for weddings. Bed & Breakfast and bunkhouse accommodation. Low beamed bar with stone floor and roaring fire; lounge to one side and games room to the other. Make sure you shut the door! Theakston Best Bitter and usually a Dent beer.
TUNSTALL, Bay Horse, near Richmond, DL10 7QS (01748 818564): Pleasant country pub not far from the A1 with three separate rooms including a comfortable main bar and a pool/games room with tiled floor. Samuel Smith Old Brewery tied house. Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter – follows the brewery policy of using cask breathers.