The Narrowboat – 2011

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Night reviewed: Wednesday

Situated just off the canal basin in Skipton, there are no prizes for guessing how it got it’s name.
It was the Market Tavern Group’s first pub, opening in March 1999 and well before the smoking ban was no smoking. From a small cosy pub, it expanded into the adjacent premises in 2006 to double it’s size. Whilst the décor of the expansion is a bit on the bland side, its expansion hasn’t been detrimental in any way and has only increased it’s popularity.
Let’s be honest here, this is our local and considered by us to be the best pub in Skipton. However, we have attempted to be as objective as possible with our ratings.

It was quiz night when we visited which is always a popular night and hence helped the “atmosphere” rating. Sadly our days of winning the quiz seem to be over, so we didn’t have any free beer tokens, but with the superb quality of the beer there can be no complaints really.

The beer choice is always extensive and well kept, in fact I can’t ever recall having one I didn’t like. On this occasion we drank Ilkley Brewery’s Mary Jane.They do often seem to struggle with the temperature controls in this pub. On this occasion it was hotter than the sun, on others it has been cold, especially near the large windows in the extension.

The service is always quick and friendly and the food is good if you chose to eat here.


Beer Choice (1 – 5): 5
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 9
Service (1 – 10): 8
Atmosphere (1 – 5): 5
Décor (1 – 5): 3
Toilets (1 – 5): 3

TOTAL: 33 (out of 40)


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