The Red Lion – 2011

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Night reviewed: Thursday

This pub is in a prime location half-way up (or down…) Skipton High Street. Therefore on market days it’s full of tourists, market traders, workers and locals enjoying some lunch – liquid or otherwise.

Since we last visited, the pub has undergone a tasteful refurbishment. Modern touches sit side by side with a lot of the original features, such as the enormous fireplace which dominates the main room of the pub. As seems the norm in Skipton, the walls are adorned with views of the past – times when the only worries people had when visiting the pub were how many ales they could sink before chucking out time. Fruit machines, HD widescreen televisions and wi-fi connectivity weren’t top of the agenda in 1897.

The fire in said fireplace was lit and crackling away as we entered which instantly created a warm and cosy atmosphere in what is one of the bigger pubs in the town.

This is Greene King pub, so including Greene King IPA, there was an excellent choice of ales on offer – we opted for Brains SA Gold – one of the two Brains beers they had on. The service was attentive and it was a good pint. A great start to what was our first review evening since before Christmas.

There were several customers on this damp Thursday evening, some enjoying a pint or two, some eating, having chosen from what looks to be an original and tasty menu – the wife of my fellow reviewer is a vegetarian, so it’s heart warming when we see a vegetarian dish on a menu that isn’t a mushroom risotto.

Overall there was a good atmosphere in this pub, there was decent music playing at an acceptable volume, the beer was good and the food looked great too.

There’s not much else you could ask for really.


Beer Choice (1 – 5): 4
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 7
Service (1 – 10): 7
Atmosphere (1 – 5): 4
Décor (1 – 5): 4
Toilets (1 – 5): 3

TOTAL: 29 (out of 40)


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