Friday, 7 December 2012


It has been a while since I have reported on a pub that I have visited recently. And the opportunity came on a trip out to Skipton in North Yorkshire.

The market town is 'the gateway' to The Dales, and has many fine traditional pubs. However, one that I felt obliged to visit was The Castle Inn, situated as you would expect, just yards away from Skipton's famous landmark. 

The pub had just landed a prestigious award. Well, the landlord to be totally accurate. So we called in to see why he had been bestowed this accolade.

The boozer is owned by Star Pubs and Bars and they have an annual award for best newcomer. This year the title had been scooped by 26 year old landlord, Calvin Dow, who had been running the Castle Inn for three years.  

You got a positive feeling as soon as you walked through the door. Lots of customers and a smartly dressed young member of staff breezing past, on her way to serving up a chicken curry with rice. The 'whaff' was most impressive! 

'The Castle' has a good reputation for food. But it's also the only pub in Skipton to have a permanent Theakston's Old Peculier pump on the bar(along with four other casks). It was a 'no brainer' for me, as it's one of my favourite tipples. Robust,rich, roasty and slightly sweet. It was in excellent condition.

There seemed a good age range in the pub. One young lady was discussing her recent sky dive. Whilst next to us we had two elderly couples 'droning on' about their static caravans! They were still there when we left. And still had the same drink!

In the interim period, me and my wife had tucked into a superb beef in ale pie, with chips and veg. The pub has a great choice of home cooked food. The service was efficient and the staff polite and helpful.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Fine choice of ales, home cooked food, friendly customers and smartly dressed staff. The pub is clean, warm and welcoming. What I would call, a fine, traditional boozer.

Well done to young landlord, Calvin Dow and his staff. The recent national award was obviously well deserved. We will be calling again soon, that's for sure.

There was only one thing left to do before heading back home, and that was call in at the award winning butchers, Drake and Macefield, situated on Otley Street, and take home half a dozen of their top rated pies. They are delicious in the extreme......Happy days :-)