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Skipton - Summer 2016

In a change from our usual format of highlighting two outlets stocking local beers we‘íll take a look at the town of Skipton and its abundance of cask ale outlets that are in our LocAle scheme. Both well-established and new additions to the town‘s drinking scene are banging the drum loudly in support of local breweries. The current count of pubs in the town centre accredited in the scheme stands at twelve. We‘ll take a little tour around them, starting at the top...

... at the top end of town on Mill Bridge stands the grade-II listed Castle. LocAle beers are Theakston Best Bitter and Old Peculiar. Two other hand pumps serve Thwaites Wainwright and a house beer. A short stroll down the High Street you‘ll find the Red Lion, the oldest pub in town and a Greene King outlet. Local beer Settle No4 Amber Ale was seen recently, a recent SIBA (Small Independent Brewers Association) national award winner. Other local breweries on offer include Saltaire, Dark Horse, Moorhouses, Leeds and Ossett plus there‘s Greene King IPA. Just around the corner on Jerry Croft is Bistro Des Amis, a popular restaurant with the willingness to encourage drinkers in. The beers are Ikley Mary Jane and either Timothy Taylorís Landlord or Boltmaker, which rotate. Carry on past the Town Hall to the far end of the public car park and there‘s the Three Links Club. Friendly and well-run by the Oddfellows, it is the current local Club of The Year and serves Dark Horse Craven Bitter and Hetton Pale Ale. Back towards town to Otley Street sits the Albion, serving local Theakston Best Bitter plus Butcombe Bitter, Caledonian Golden XPA and a rotating guest. Down the hill and around the corner onto Devonshire Street youíll find Early Doors, one of the new micro-pubs in town and converted from a shop. The regular local beer is Moorhouses Blond Witch with the other pumps changing regularly. Naylor‘s Land of Hops & Glory, Bridgehouse Porter and Dark Horse Night Jar have been seen recently.

A short walk away on Sheep Street is the Woolly Sheep, a Timothy Taylor tied house with the entire range of Dark Mild, Golden Best, Boltmaker, Landlord and Ram Tam. The sixth handpump stocks a guest beer usually from a local brewery such as Goose Eye or Saltaire. Around the corner to Swadford Street there‘s an outlet that has been going for about a year as a bar and music shop, aptly named the Sound Bar. Wensleydale Sound Bar Pale Ale is the house beer and the second hand pump changes frequently with Bridestones a regular. Heading towards the canal and right onto Coach Street you‘ll find the Yorkshire Rose, a popular outlet with changing local beers such as Timothy Taylor Landlord and Saltire Blonde. Just a few steps along and to Albert Street is the Beer Engine, the first micro pub to open in Skipton back in 2014. All five hand pumps are ever-changing and local beers from Naylor‘s, Wishbone, Elland, etc. feature as well as many interesting beers from around the country. Look out of the window at the bar end and youíll see Victoria Street where the Narrow Boat is situated. A converted shop which has been an oasis of cask beer since the original conception by Market Town Taverns in 1999. Now owned by Heron & Brearley (owners of Okells) on the Isle of Man, the emphasis is still on cask beers. Black Sheep Bitter, Ilkley Mary Jane and Timothy Taylor Landlord are the regular local beers. The guest hand pumps feature breweries such as Kirkstall, Roosters, Salamander, plus a range of ales from around the country. Just across Coach Street and down to the canal basin is the newest micro pub in town, the Boat House. A well-known café, the outlet now boasts five hand pumps with beers sourced from breweries close to the Leeds to Liverpool canal. Offerings from Goose Eye, Bridgehouse, Ilkley and Wishbone have been sampled recently.

To plan a visit to sample the amazing selection of local cask beers on offer in Skipton town, check out WhatPub, the CAMRA national pubs database

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