The Narrowboat – 2012

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Night Reviewed: Thursday

Ah, heaven! After the disappointment of the C&B going from close to the top to (close to?) the bottom of the leader board, we went for the safe bet of the Narrowboat and it’s better than ever! The beer choice here is only equalled by the Castle and the Devonshire, but the quality is (perhaps) unequalled. After the C&B pint, even lager might have tasted nice, but joy upon joy, there was Dark Star – Hophead on offer. This brought back happy memories for one member of the review team who used to frequent The Evening Star in Brighton where this breweries ales were always on tap. Rose tinted spectacles (or beer goggles!) aside, the beer was nothing less than fantastic and judging by the comments of the other punters when it ran out shortly after we got there, we weren’t the only ones who thought this. It quickly took away the taste of the dodgy beer and replaced it with pure bliss – what every beer should do! We followed this with a pint of Barngate Brewery – Westmoreland Gold which was also very good.

So, one point off top marks in this review. We sat in the new section of the pub where the décor is always going to suffer as it used to be a shop and doesn’t have the weight of history that a true pub should have. The original pub does have this though and it’s hard to see how they could do it better in the new section.

The only problem with reviewing all the pubs in Skipton is that it reduces our visits to this truly fine boozer!


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

TOTAL: 34 (out of 35)


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