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North Riding Hotel, Scarborough

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user reviews of North Riding Hotel, Scarborough

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Excellent choice of beers from the brewery within the pub, their associated brewery the other side of Scarborough and a selection from other breweries. The main bar was heaving. Very jolly. It's about 20 minutes walk of the railway station and afterwards a couple minutes of the beautiful North Bay.
Steamer1 - 7 Jun 2016 16:09
Loved it. The Equinox was outstanding. A must if in Scarborough!
pwilkins - 9 Jun 2015 14:00
Visited the North Riding Brew Pub on a recent weekday afternoon around 4pm. I happened to enter into the lounge bar which perhaps was my mistake as most of the pumps were on the other side of the bar, as were most of the punters. I went for a pint of the York Guzzler 3.6% at £2.70 for the pint. Only afterwards did I notice a chalk board with an impressive list of available cask ales, including some craft ales and some ciders. The pint I had was fine, but I may have gone for something a bit more exciting had I entered the other side of the bar and had chance to inspect the full array of pumps.

The pub itself seemed quiet, possibly a bit too quiet, and quite old fashioned in terms of layout and furniture. Nothing wrong with traditional, but it was bordering on looking a bit run down. A bit of a shame really.

If I am in the area again I would perhaps go again if I happened to be nearby.
RealAleRobUK - 2 Dec 2014 17:14
I made the wife walk here from the seafront and I think it was another 100 yards further she would of turned back!

I'm glad we made the slog from town as its a cracking pub that is well worth the walk.

6 cask ales and another 3 craft beers on the taps. With a varied choice I opted for a pint of Bridestones American Pale Ale @ 5.0% followed by a pint of the on site breweries Motueka @ 4.3%. Both were very good beers and well conditioned.

We sat in the larger bar towards the front of the pub where most of the punters were sat chatting. Television on but no sound.

Still retains the hotel feel and has an upstairs dining room and rooms for the night. I didn't venture upstairs so I cannot comment on the food aspect.

Apparently over 2,000 different beers have been served since the pub was taken over from the old lady and turned into Scarborough's only brew pub.

Worth the walk for the ales alone....cracking pub
lezford - 26 Sep 2014 11:43
The only home-brew they had on our visit was far too strong so we had something a bit lighter from another Yorkshire brewery and then squeezed ourselves into the lounge bar as the main room was packed with people watching the footie (nothing wrong with that of course unless you can't get a seat!!) Had a couple of beers and would go back again on a quieter session when I could judge the place better.
mcroyal - 5 May 2014 23:19
Good rang of beers at exceptional prices. Very different rooms, with a busy bar that has a pool table and sky sports. Quiet comfortable lounge.
Rammy_Tupper - 16 Feb 2014 11:45
Awarded Scarborough Town Pub of the Year for 2012. 8 ales on including home brewed and guest craft beers which can be sampled in 1/3 pint measures. Always a good pub buzz here.

mim - 30 Dec 2012 16:27
Every time we come to Scarborough we make a point of visiting The North Riding Brew Pub. I don't know where all these negative comments come from. The real ale is always top notch and the price can't be faulted for a pub that's not part of a chain.
We like the atmosphere and the proper home cooked food. However, last night we were disappointed to find that no food was served between Christmas and New Year, it should have been mentionned on the website (we checked it before making our way there). That's the only complaint, I didn't visit the loo on this occasion. I'm scoring 7 as the lack of food wasn't mentionned.
petronille - 29 Dec 2012 08:05
I have been here with my friends a few times and we've found the beer is often past its best. A better option is the Lord Rosebery which has never let us down on freshness or price, around £2 a pint of 8-12 CAMRA ales.

As for 1,000's of ales, I think that might be a slight exaggeration, not to mention a little misleading.

If you are referring to that large number as being beer brands served since the start of operation of a licensed free house then MANY, MANY pubs can match that. That's not a selling point!
dartfulavenger - 5 Sep 2012 04:32
Local CAMRA Pub of the Year for the third year running. Over 1000 guest beers served in addition to its own. We had a great time here. I can't fault the quality of the beer. A 'must visit' in Scarborough for anyone who appreciates decent beer.
arihall - 3 Sep 2012 18:07
Best thing about the North Riding is its own good value beers and range of other beers. All good value for money. Brewer trained by Rob at Yorkshire Dales which shows. Very quiet on a Friday lunchtime. Toilets certainy need a refurb. If you need to eat on a weekday lunchtime there is a good value cafe across the road.
Rocky53 - 25 Aug 2012 10:23
I have to agree with Funk.

The Lord Rosebery is a lovely building for a pub and most importantly they do serve a really fresh brew, offer the most competitive real ale prices in Scarborough and cater to families, so you don't have to remortgage your house to pay for a babysitter.

Some people can't stand compete with the competition it would seem.

Personally I don't like grubby little pubs. I mean if the landlord can't be bothered with keeping his hous in order what does it say about his beer?

Keep up the good work Spoonies.
dartfulavenger - 24 Aug 2012 16:44
Can't wait for next week and getting back to Scarborough to see family, friends and the cricket.

One of the highlights are at one visit a day to the North Riding. It's a brilliant pub, good atmosphere and lovely ales. Plenty agree, hence the reason it will be mobbed.

As for Roseberry's. The worst Spoons I've been to, and I've visited around 100.
willesden_seadog - 24 Aug 2012 13:49
Been to standing order was an old bank. Quality building and beer. Think I remember one called the flowerpot. Best spoons I've been to is the one in llandudno great building and good beer.

Thelittleman - 19 Aug 2012 07:25
The best pub we have visited this year on our travels, fantastic selection of ales, great juke box and a friendly selection of locals. It seems there is some bad feeling towards the Pub its ales & prices, we found the exact opposite when we were there. When we go out for a pint we want a choice of ales, nothing against Sams, this place caters for most tastes. Lets stop the mudslinging and promote quality. Has anyone tried "Coming Soon" a regular on most pumps in Lord Roseburys, must be the worst Spoons in the country.

Liverpoollou - 9 Aug 2012 14:33
Those of you visiting this pub from out of town need to appreciate it serves as the local CAMRA HQ and therefore no dissenting voice is allowed!
Having said that it does serve a good range of beers and of course it’s own brews. As for price I cannot comment but according to all internet sources the average cost of a pint of beer in the UK is about £2.90. Therefore if you can get a pint of real ale in good condition at less, then I would have thought it represented a bargain!
With regard to BAZNPAT they are the local ‘know it all’s’ with the reality that it is only Baz who voices his opinions, his wife Pat merely stands by her man without saying anything!
That said Baz’s take on the real ale scene in Sheffield is well worth following; on anything else trust your own thoughts, opinions and instincts.

coastman25 - 7 Jun 2012 13:33
and there aint just 3 Sam smiths Taverns in York, there's 9, 7 of which serve OBB from the wood...
brisk - 17 May 2012 12:47
Another rated pint of beer this weekend, North Ridings own Neilson Sauvin wonderfully crisp and fresh was £2.40 a pint. Good pub , one for a good day session. The smell of brewing added to atmosphere, guest ales complemented the house brew, a couple from Great Heck.

FBadger- totally agree re York, best real ale city in existence Id say.
Wetherspoons - below the belt - we all know they are the supermarket of pub chains and cannot be compared with. Same with Sams, we all know they are cheap.
MTT- not really- have you tried The Junction in Castleford for instance, where the Ridgeside beers are served in the landords very own Wooden Casks, and at 50p a pint cheaper than MTT outlets such as East of Arcadia.
Or the Bull and Fairhouse in Wakefield - Great Heck Golden Bull at £2.30
The Masons or Polished Knob Todmorden, local micros at £2.30..
The True independents as such mentioned can make MTT look quite expensive...including the North Riding...see above!
brisk - 17 May 2012 12:44
Hi, I recently had a weekender in Scarborough with my mates from Essex and I have to agree with funk. Ian and myself both received beer past its best and when we complained a local on our side of the bar and the barman both tasted it and said they thought it was ok, which it wasn't. As for refusing tastes well that doesn't make any sense from any perspective. We went the Golden Ball on the sea front. It has much better views of Scarborough and is a charming little place. Also it sells ales from the only authentic brewery left in the country that doesn't brew with essences, namely Sam Smiths. You can get a pint of cask or stout for less that £2. Try getting that from North Riding and see how far you get. North Riding also brew their own copy of Jaipur IPA which tastes more like detergent than any IPA I've ever consumend and I've don a few let me tell you.
dartfulavenger - 15 Dec 2011 16:39
first of all i would like to apologise to funkbadger for the fact that you were not offered a refund if you were not happy with your drink.I do find it hurtful however that you say our beer is mostly past its best which could not be further from the truth.The quality of our ale is second to none in the town.And you are also inaccurate regarding camra policy on tasters .Offering tasters is a condition of pubs that hold cask marque accreditation and should not be confused with CAMRA policy it is refered to as try before you buy.It is CAMRA policy to encourage pubs to offer 1/3 pint measures which we do!It is our choice that we do not give free beer away and since we have done so we have lowered our prices on cask ale to accommodate peoples budgets in these hard times.
northridingbrewer - 21 Sep 2011 15:31
Great little boozer serving real ales .
Joe14 - 23 May 2011 22:57
Regularly go here when in town for the cricket (ground just 5 minutes away). Quality & choice of beers is always first rate. Well recommended. Best pub in Scarborough by miles!!
buckle - 5 Mar 2011 19:53
The brewery here is now open and all beers were very good.
oftenscore6 - 22 Feb 2011 01:02
Can only agree with what has been said about this pub, the real ales are always of excellent quality. However thee is more Stuart the landlord is starting his own micro brewery in the cellar and should be brewing shortly after Christmas if not before.
Knowing his commitment to beer quality I am sure he will be producing some beer to savour!!!!
Greytop - 15 Dec 2010 15:13
Had heard a lot about this place from mates in Scarborough who are regulars. Finally managed a flying visit to check out a few watering holes. This place didn't disappoint. Tried three ales all in top condition, friendly welcome, very good chilli and nice atmosphere.
Alfnoax - 1 Dec 2010 21:05
this pub is a genuine free house and has no tie to york brewery or any brewery.It does sell york guzzler and timothy taylor landlord on a permanent basis.The pub also does food(evening meals 6-8 tuesday-thursday,6-9 on a friday sat 12-3 and 6-9 and traditional sunday lunch 12-5)has quiz nights every thursday.You should really check details before posting none-factual information on this site as it can be mis-leading.I would advise anyone if in doubt contact the pub or check out there own website.Cheers! Happy Drinking!
scarbororealalelegend - 15 Sep 2010 01:53
Reasonably nice pub inside, pleasant staff, got some sort of York Brewery tie-in so there should always be something decent on what with guests as well. They had about six handpulled beers on altogether when we went in, all the ones we had were in fine form.
Lounge better than bar, away from tv noise & pool table. Handy for cricket club.
Richardhuddleston - 14 Sep 2010 13:08
A fine pub of the 'old man's' variety reminding me of the urban pubs of Bradford from my youth. We drank Elland Brewery Faith Healer, Pictish of Rochdale Corn Dolly and Newby Wyke Kingston Topaz all in fine condition. Cheekily we asked whether we could eat our sandwiches in the pub (it serves no food) and they were happy to agree.
drtimthornton - 31 Aug 2010 10:28
This place wasn't on my list when I went on a pub tour of Scarborough but I was desperate for the loo on the way back from the Old Scalby Mills so I popped in because I'd noticed the 'real ales' promised on the board outside. I wasn't expecting much and I was wrong - it was great. A number of ales (can't recall how many) and a friendly landlady. I would go back.
Killian42 - 2 May 2010 16:38
A pleasingly old-fashioned small urban hotel cum basic boozer. A little bit of a walk up from the beach and town centre but worth every step. Recent descriptions on BITE seem spot on and the range of beers was great when I turned up (Brown Cow "Mrs Simpson's Nutty Ale", York "Guzzler", Elland "Tomahawk" and BrewDog "The Physics"). Locals chatting away and a laid-back atmosphere. Not posh enough for some folk but hard to fault as a place for beer and conversation.
Arctium_lappa - 12 Apr 2010 21:11
Nothing special to look at, but the beers were top-notch, with a good crowd of local regulars.
daveinbrum - 2 Apr 2010 13:35
The beers on offer were in excellent condition, just as I've come to expect from Stewart and you must try the food. Great pub.
HMSpubcrawl - 21 Feb 2010 11:09
We stayed here for 2 nights last week, the room was clean and tidy and the noise from the bar could not be hard (not really relevant as we were in the bar more often then not). 6 well kept ales were on including ones from York and T Taylors. Not so sure about the sports bar - the pool table is set in the middle and rather dominates everything around - everyone congregates around the walls. The other bar is better for peace and quiet - some of the elderly folk were turning up about 11pm on Sunday night. A good base for exploring the town.
Booze_Allen - 30 Jan 2010 20:38
Very good pub. I use the bar when I'm visiting my home town. The beers are excellent and the landlord is knowledgable as well as friendly.

The juke box was on fairly loud on my last visit on a Friday night, playing the likes of Led Zep, Pink Floydd, punk and ska.

Would give my right arm for a pub like that as my local.
willesden_seadog - 19 Dec 2009 13:50
Excellent pub. Great selection of real ales and the landlord is an active CAMRA member so knows what he's doing. Even has some interesting foreign lagers in the fridge and on tap (including a Weißbier). Well worth the visit and easily one of the best pubs in Scarborough.
adamcroft - 30 Jun 2009 10:24
I really liked this place.

A fantasic exterior. Visited on a Sunday night, so very quiet inside. We elected to sit in the lounge and were the only guests, which i really didnt mind and the barman was clearly a decent chap, chatting to a couple of the locals in the other room.

Had a York Guzzler and would look forward to another visit with relish, even if only to rate the toilets after watching Greek horse-racing


Archivist - 14 May 2009 16:04
Two bar pub in a big, imposing (from the outside) hotel. The ale selection was excellent, well-served and eminently drinkable.

Much of your experience depends on what time of day you go in and where you decide to drink. The lounge bar is a 70's-style plush area, one for warmth and old men playing dominoes. But when it's quiet, it feels very lonely and Sunday-like unless you are after a bit of solitude.

The public bar by contrast, is a particularly spartan affair with very little in the way of creature comforts - it's very much a drinking den with the locals and their banter - probably not to everyone's taste when busy.

As mentioned elsewhere, the toilets aren't the best, so it's good to hear they'll be dealt with in due course.

All in all, it's an excellent real ale pub but a few steps short of being a good all-rounder, but hopefully that will come in time. Well-worth a visit though, either way.
Quinno - 12 Mar 2009 19:12
We went there during a week's holiday in November as we discovered that NRH was the CAMRA town PoTY.
We weren't disappointed. We didn't mind the 'spartan' decor, in fact it was the atmosphere we were after, not the decor. The food was good, the real ale superb and we also got to meet one of the local characters called 'Chels'.
Another evening, we were on our way back to the flat we were staying in but decided to pop into the NRH. To our surprise, we found the bar area deserted. We saw that a few people were in the lounge, so we went and sat there too. We didn't know that Thursday was quiz night until a couple of locals enrolled us to take part.
This ended up being one of the best (if not the best) evening of our holiday. It was friendly, funny and most of all, we were made to feel welcome!
We will come back and well done for winning PoTY! (score 8).
petronille - 12 Jan 2009 22:57
Up and coming pub right at the end of the North Cliff terrace. We often stay just up the road from here and have been in every time we have visited since the landlord and landlady moved down from the Cricketers. Great selection of ales always on tap and always well kept. We called in recently and whilst the TV was switched on the sound was muted (I can't remember having been in when it was loud) and there were a whole bunch of holidaymakers in. To be honest they were so thick that almost everything they said was hilarious. We and the regulars sitting at the bar were having difficulty trying not to laugh out loud. But it's that sort of place, everyone is welcome as long as they behave. It's people that make pubs what they are and this place has a whole bunch of characters.
ROBCamra - 15 Dec 2008 16:52
Then go and sit in the very comfortable peacefull LOUNGE, A bar is for pool, darts, domino,s, sport,beer festivals etc. And don,t knock what is trying to be achieved. If you had seen it before you WOULD have complained believe me. So if you are coming to Scarborough come to the North Riding and sample The above in the bar or The above in the lounge and get quality real ale. Thats why there are 2 rooms to cater for all comers. ROME was not built in a day.
BAZNPAT - 18 Nov 2008 15:25
Feel quite offended to find my review described as 'stupid' by someone whose own previous pub reviews have generally been somewhat neanderthal in tone ('It's a toilet!' 'Don't bother!' etc). The previous reviewer seems to think it's incumbent upon someone visiting a new pub 250 miles away from their home to research its past history and make allowances if they discover the place used to be really run down. I feel that's too much to ask; the only research I do when visiting a new place is to check out what's in the Good Beer Guide, and if I then post a review it's intended to be an honest representation of what I experienced on my visit, which may be of interest to othet first-time visitors rather than seasoned regulars.
Furthermore, I don't find fault with this pub for being quite basic; it's often the very thing which gives a pub its character, which is why for example I always visit the Champion of the Thames when in Cambridge despite the fact that the seats are even more uncomfortable than in the North Riding. However in this pub any possibility of finding character is snuffed out by the presence of a great big telly tuned into Sky Sports, something which can't be blamed on the neglect of previous owners. As for the toilets, perhaps the owners should have had them higher up their renovation list, as they're the one place everyone visits.
In conclusion, stupid or not I'll stick to my previous review- if you visit this pub you'll find yourself drinking great real ale in a spartan front bar where the seating is uncomfortable and there's a bloody great telly which is hard to ignore.
edchambers - 17 Nov 2008 22:07
If the person who left the last comment had asked about the pub they would know that Karen And Stuart The Owners took this hotel over when it was run down and CRAP.. They are doing it up in stages.. when they have the money. IE. Upstairs bedrooms... DONE...The lounge..DONE..The Dining Room..DONE.. Next the bar and toilets.. All this cost money and can only be done step by step..When funds allow..Thay have done wonders to what it was like before they took over.. So give then a chance, or better still do not leave STUPID COMMENTS until you have all the FACTS!!!. Still the best pub in town for REAL ALE. Thats why it,s yet again PUB OF THE YEAR.!!
BAZNPAT - 13 Nov 2008 12:04
Spartan bar with badly upholstered seating. 6 real ales on offer on my visit and the 2 I tried were in excellent condition. There was a big screen TV showing, for some reason, a very obscure sports channel- not sure of the general entertainment value of horse racing from Greece. Toilets were in very grim condition. All in all a pub which offers a great pint of real ale but nothing else.
edchambers - 1 Nov 2008 22:07
another of the top rated pubs on my holiday, good beer nice locals type boozer, recommended.
brianthelion - 28 Jul 2008 13:23
This is primarily a locals pub. They are very friendly and welcoming, five or six real aleas on at any one time. Pool table and excellent juke box with retro music on it. The locals don't use the jukebox loads, they have food but I didn't try it. Enjoyed my visit and would certainly go there again.
pasodoble - 20 Jul 2008 16:56
There are 2 pubs in Scarborough vying for best Real Ale in town, this is one of them, never had a bad pint in there and never likely to. One bar is noisy, fun, jukebox, footy, pool. The other bar is quiet, real fire and great for socialising.
Abteilung - 1 Jun 2008 18:56
Visited June 2007, just before the smoking ban (was very smoky then). Small pub (pools table takes up most of the floor space) with some decent real ales from craft breweries.
Sigmund - 17 May 2008 23:17
Friendly pub with some good real ales on.
gillhalfpint - 29 Apr 2008 00:30
Great pub - probably one of best selections of real ale.

punters very friendly in here !!
booza - 26 Mar 2008 10:33
Great local pub good beer good food good juke box. Best pint of landlord in town.
BAZNPAT - 9 Feb 2008 10:51
A decent pub apparently, but don't get into rounds with the blonde guy at the bar talking about Middlesbrough - you have been warned!
Tankbuster - 4 Jan 2008 11:04

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