The Fleece – 2011

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Night reviewed: Thursday

Located next to the bus station in amongst a cluster of takeaway establishments and close to the Skipton late night institution Strata (‘After Dark’ to most, ‘Bliss’ to probably a handful) this pub seems to cater mainly for a dedicated and regular crowd.

It’s had a refurbishment since we last visited and whilst the bar area and the area around the pool table seem tasteful and in keeping with a traditional pub, the main lounge area (to the left as you enter) seems to have been modelled on a certain type of ‘gentleman’s club’. You know, the sort where some of the staff end up wearing slightly less than others?

Aside from the red velvet seat coverings catching the eye, the atmosphere was generally good. It was quite busy and there were people enjoying a game of pool, propping up the bar or sitting with a pint in the boudoir…sorry, lounge. The music was at a decent level and the choice didn’t seem too bad.

The service was good – freshly pulled pints promptly topped up without us needing to ask. Unfortunately the choice of beer was limited. We opted for Black Sheep Bitter, however we are slightly unsure if this is actually what we got. It didn’t look or taste like Black Sheep from what we can recall. Strange.

Sadly it didn’t really get much better. A trip to the toilets was almost enough to ensure we saw our ‘Black Sheep’ again via the way it went in. ‘Rank’ I think is the word. Maybe the refurbishment is still a work in progress – let’s hope so.

That said, the regulars seemed happy enough to be there and it was busier than some of the other pubs we’ve visited so far, so they must be doing something right.

Not the worst we’ve visited so far but by no means the best.

Scores

Beer Choice (1 – 5): 2
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 4
Service (1 – 10): 7
Atmosphere (1 – 5): 4
Décor (1 – 5): 2.5
Toilets (1 – 5): 1.5

TOTAL: 21 (out of 40)

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