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Narrow Boat, Skipton

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It was okay, a nice enough place and the ale was good but for the more purist it's more an ale selling business than a pub if you get the drift.
Snarling_Mallard - 17 Apr 2017 15:28
I quite liked the Narrow Boat. It would easily be the best pub in Skipton if it wasn't for the exorbitant pricing. £5.70 for a pint of real cider is really taking the mickey. I paid it as there were 2 ciders I hadn't tried before. But that's well above the going rate. Ales appeared to be much cheaper. It was almost as if they were trying to link real cider to the overpriced craft beer scene. Ales on offer were Ilkley Mary Jane, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Black Sheep Golden Sheep, Okells Bitter, Bristol Beer Factory Nova, Kirkstall Slightly Sworded & Anarchy Hard Times. Portobello Star was being pulled through. The 2 ciders were Lyme Bay Sundown Apricot & Pulp Rhubarb. They also had Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees Perry, which was cheaper. Normally my type of pub and probably still the second best in the town. Just a shame about the pricing.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jul 2016 20:33
Great selection of real and other ales (especially continental beers served in authentic glasses) and six British draft ciders. Ales incude Black Sheep, Copper Dragon and Taylor Landlord. Church pews are an interesting twist. Good service.
TappedAleChick - 31 Mar 2015 20:59
Great range of beers. The ones we had were in excellent condition. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. will be back next time we are in Skipton.
SpicedVice - 2 Nov 2014 15:17
An excellent and very atmospheric Skipton pub. A great range of beer, cosy and very much a traditional and locals' pub in the best way.
rainlight - 29 Oct 2014 06:50

It is no wonder that the Narrow Boat seems to be a permanent fixture in the BITE list of top 20 pubs. OK, it's not perfect, but it does have an excellent selection of very well kept ales.

For old time's sake, I opted for the Okell's Bitter which is brewed on the Isle of Man and which I drank many pints of in my younger days when visiting my parents who lived on the island. I cannot fault the beer, or the young ladies who served me.

Our meals (there were four of us) were all excellent too. For me, the downsides are that it is rather dark and seems a little claustrophobic and the former church pews, which are used for seating, are not very comfortable. But it was heaving when we left and definitely well worth an 8/10.

steve2905 - 30 May 2014 04:36
I can only echo the other reviews here. An excellent pub. A good selection of well kept local beers when I last visited, and a really friendly welcome. A lovely cosy pub, especially in Winter. The best I could find in Skipton.
Maltster - 23 Dec 2013 14:10
Excellent pub with a good choice of real ales. Down a quiet cobbled street in the centre of Skipton. The people were very friendly and it was a good atmosphere.
ed_hill - 28 May 2013 13:35
My favourite of the ones in Skipton I tried. Relaxed atmosphere and a good range of drinks on offer. Free sandwiches as well when we were there.
twohalves - 26 Jun 2012 19:38
Very nice pub - worth searching out. Bear in mind, though, the place ain't cheap!
nigsy - 1 Jun 2012 09:25
A cracking 2 room pub with an upstairs balcony in the bar, it is situated in an alley easily reached off the High Street in one direction, and the canal area in the other. Plenty of choice from local brewers as well as continental beers, as found in the rest of the Market Town Tavern chain. Staff seemed knowledgeable and efficient. Disappointed no food mid-Saturday afternoon but not far from a great fish and chip shop and some nice pie shops!
JBGatelad - 1 Feb 2012 09:55
Excellent in many ways - great beer choice and quality, interesting building, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I visited in the daytime but I imagine the slightly off the beaten track location keeps the pub crawling idiots away.

Only one negative comment - no food mid afternoon (on a Saturday).
StephenofBurnley - 21 Feb 2011 20:13
Good pub with wide selection of quality ales tucked down a side street just off the canal.
SpicedVice - 14 Oct 2010 11:07
Large range of quality local ales in excellent condition.
garyrealaledrinker - 13 Oct 2010 11:54
One of the best pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Worth seeking out for the wide range of beers, this would be a good pub in a city like Liverpool, here in Skipton it is a very pleasant surprise. I would like to go back to do some proper drinking sometime.
CanalWalker - 19 Sep 2010 12:33
Wonderful place. Fantastic real ales. Great atmosphere. What are you waiting for??
wooly2708 - 5 Aug 2010 00:08
After a two year gap I paid a second visit to this pub, part of the well-regarded Market Town Taverns chain. It was pretty busy on a sunday afternoon, mainly with diners tucking in to their roasts, but the staff were unfazed. Landlord, Black Sheep and other local staples were all present and correct, as well as Kelham Island Pale Rider and Hawkshead Windemere Pale, which were both in excellent form befitting a 2010 GBG listing. Slightly off the beaten track from the town centre but worth seeking out, this is a solid, reliable boozer which perhaps lacks a little of the 'traditional' feel other pubs in the town possess.
ChrisP87 - 25 Jul 2010 12:21
a brilliant place for an afternoon pint. The staff are great, you can have a good conversation with them ( makes a change from most skipton pubs ) a bit on the dark side, but not really such a bad thing.
topscooper - 22 Jul 2010 17:23
Part of the Market Town Taverns group of bars, this is a traditional bar with a contemporary feel - bare board floors and walls. A vast array of bottled and draught ales from britain and abroad as well as a large amount of brewing adverts and memorabilia adorning the walls. Quite dark inside and if it's quiet it can feel a bit soul-less which is probably the only real criticism.
Cravenite - 19 Jan 2010 13:30
Friendly, compact free-house tucked away down a side street. Clean wooden interior with no "nick-nacks" or other such old-skool pub paraphernalia.
Good range of local Yorkshire bitters, all in tip-top condition. Reasonable prices and a civilised set of punters.
Well worth a visit.
JonRambo - 31 Dec 2009 17:16
Visited Skipton last Saturday afternoon and went to this pub before going on the canal trip nearby. Had a lovely pint of Copper Dragon at what seemed a very reasonable price (although I was unable to compare the prices at other Skipton pubs!). The selection of ales was fantastic and we would have loved to have spent more time here.
paul_d102 - 7 Oct 2009 11:37
Pardon me gushing, but this may be the best pub I have ever been to.

Visited last week after a trip round many Skipton pubs, and this was by far the best. A bewilderingly huge list of beers, really nice compromise between pub / wine bar kind of atmosphere, and a cool balcony where one can sip ones pint and survery those below.

It was only after being there a while we realised it was run by the same guys who own the Symposium in Idle and Bar T'at in lkley (and also others we haven't been to). Those are both good but The Narrow Boat is the best of the three by far.

Apart from the huge geographical error on the wall mural (Hint: look at Shipley and Saltaire!) this is pretty much faultless. Full marks.
Ginsoakedboy - 4 Jan 2009 23:04
After..a..really..nice..walk..around..skipton..and..its..castle..my..friend
suggested..we..have..a..couple..of..beers..and..a.bite..to.eat..at..the..Narrow
boat.
This.pub..is..a.'gem'.....what..a.choice..of..real..ales..we.were..treated.to......
Copper.Dragon,..Kelham.Island,...Durham.....for..starters..plus..others.
the..beer..was..excellent.
We..ordered..lunch..and..were..really..pleased..with..the..food..and..service
from..the..catering..staff..
Ending..up..at..the..Narrow..boat..made..my..day..........I..will..be..visiting
this.pub.again.

fernandes - 24 Nov 2008 18:24
what a gem of a pub fantastic selection of real ales I tried the copper dragon when I visited and it was excellent will definetly be back when I am in the skipton area one of the best pubs in skipton .
tench1230 - 11 Oct 2008 10:48
Really nice bar....I thought it was the best in Skipton. Good selection of beers.
bibbs - 28 Aug 2008 20:39
More of a bar then a pub, but the watering hole I frequented the most in Skipton, having been uninspired by any other pubs in the town. Good range of real ales and German/Belgian beers, inluding the locally brewed "Copper Dragon". All brews and prices clearly displayed on a large chalk board. The place to head for in Skipton if you are a discerning ale drinker or a visitor looking for somewhere with a bit of atmopshere. My visits marred slightly by a strange smell, noticeable on entering the premises.
tarkatherotter - 18 Aug 2008 17:24
What a find. Plenty of local real ales and reasonable prices. A really good pub.
bitemeimchocolate - 25 Jul 2008 18:10
Lovely pub which has been knocked through into the shop next door to provide a dining room. Always busy, always popular & rightly so.
wildwillie - 11 Jun 2008 13:57
Really nice pub, beers in great condition and a lovely location. A nice stopping point before hitting the beer festival in town after.
ChrisP87 - 25 May 2008 15:26
A few visits here over the weekend, the beer we tried (Golden Pippin),was right on the money, I would recommend this place to any serious beer drinker.
MartynT - 19 May 2008 07:18
Numerous visits over the last few days have confirmed what I've thought for a while, this is the best pub I know. Staggering choice of beers & lagers, clean, busy but still being able to get served, friendly staff, particularly one lovely lass, who, amongst other things, said taking the food upstairs to diners was her excuse not to go to the gym...I'd promote her yesterday.
MartynT - 10 Sep 2007 10:23
Oh bliss! Oh joy!! Oh poop poop!! Oh my oh my!!!

Brilliantly served ales - eight. Outstandingly friendly and helpful staff. An atmosphere of peace and tranquility - no music, no gobby kids. Newspapers. A true drinker's paradise. If I could give more than full marks I would.

Astonishing.
Greywolf - 30 Aug 2007 17:06
The owning pub chain, Market Town Taverns is renowned for quality pubs and beer; this one doesnít disappoint. Ground level rooms and a gallery provide the environment in which to enjoy any (or all!) eight real ales on offer. Their condition is beyond doubt.
Alerover - 30 Apr 2007 15:11
Fantastic pub with Real Ales, Belgium Beers, Homecooked Food and a Hampshire lass behind the bar with fabulous brown eyes. Great quiz on wednesday nights also.
Stonemonkey - 27 Apr 2007 21:47
Couple of visits over the last few days, tried the Salamander on offer, excellent. Odd, almost cathedral like atmosphere but that's not a deterrent for us. Non smoking suits us too.
MartynT - 28 Mar 2007 11:00
Good selection of ale. No gambling machines/music just beer and good conversation in nice surroundings. If you enjoy this pub the Old Bell in Harrogate and Blind Jacks in Knaresborough (both around 25miles away)are very similar and equally good.
Sidbeee - 18 Jan 2007 16:21
Recently extended, bigger and even better than before.
alewhale - 1 Jan 2007 17:42
Fantastic real ales on, the 5 or 6 we tried were all in top condition. No load music or alco-pops, a little piece of real ale heaven!
Limited menu I believe but if its as good as the beer you wont go wrong.
Triathlete - 25 Jun 2006 11:37
Nice pub fitted out in a smart but simple style with wooden furniture and floorboards and no tacky modern paraphernalia whatsoever. I visited during a quiet early lunchtime session and with no background music whatsoever there was a slightly unnerving feeling that everyone was looking at each other! I think that's just the way the furniture is arranged and the fact that it was barely past midday on a Monday though; certainly not a reason not to go back.

The range of ales was excellent, eight of them from a variety of breweries, I had Durham White Gold.

The entire pub is now non-smoking.
Rich66 - 21 Feb 2006 22:16
Great pub, food is good, the beer is Excellent. The smokers gallery upstairs is a great idea.
alewhale - 6 Apr 2005 21:12
Excellent pub selling wide range of belgium beers real ales and "proper" Lagers Opened in March 1999, The Narrow Boat is located close to Skipton's canal basin. A varying range of eight real ales is always on offer, lunchtime food is served 7 days a week and evening food is served between 5pm and 8.30pm Sunday through Thursday. The bar is a dedicated no-smoking area, with accommodation for smokers upstairs in the gallery
Kevin - kevin@crookrise.co.uk - 28 Nov 2003 14:49

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