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Mitre, Knaresborough

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decent pint of Leeds Pale and a reasonable if a tad faux pub. As mentioned handy for the station.
Snarling_Mallard - 19 Mar 2018 21:56
A Tuesday afternoon visit in late November to this large pub and dining room for another GBG tick. Handily situated next to the train station in this attractive town, the Mitre is a Market Town Tavern owned pub who apparently are a Yorkshire pub chain (I was told this by a local in the pub).

7 ales on with 6 from local breweries, the other being from Okells on the Isle of Man. I stayed local for my pint and had York Breweries Oh Vienna @ 4.0%, which was very decent.

The walls are plastered with beer pump clips displaying all the ales they have served here in recent times.

Nicely decorated & welcoming in the main bar area with dogs also welcome. A few punters in on my visit with the food looking and smelling good.

A nice pub for a stop, I may return for a longer visit the next time I’m in Knaresborough.
lezford - 15 Dec 2015 10:35
Good spot to call at if your'e doing the Leeds-Harrogate -York railway run. There are trains to York every hour and to Harrogate/Leeds every half hour. Good choice of beers, if a little on the pricey side - £3.44 for Taylor's Landlord, £3.16 for bog standard Black Sheep, and, gulp, £9.52 for a pint of 6.9% keg Stone IPA.

They will insist, as in all Market Town Tavern outlets, on using 1p and 2p's, so you often end up with a pocket full of shrapnel. It's a ridiculous system for all concerned.
arihall - 29 May 2014 07:28
Very good quality beer but very expensive even by MMT standards. Food not badly priced for a gastro-pub and what we had was lovely, so tc imbiber must have been unlucky. Staff very helpful and approachable. Might be worth booking to eat they were full when we arrived at 6.30pm on a Wednesday.
A lot smaller inside than it looks from the outside, pleasant interior without any particular character; maybe a bit lacking in comfy seating. Needless to say its by the station, which isnt actually all that easy to find down the side of Carriages wine bar on the main road just as you come in from the Harrogate end.

Richardhuddleston - 10 Oct 2012 22:40
Good selection of beer, pretty nice pub.
Ian01423 - 4 Jun 2012 10:25
visited last weekend, ale superb, food awful. drink there, dont eat there!!!
tc_imbiber - 23 May 2012 19:39
visited recently, hand pumps aplenty, including regular beers and a guest beers. a very busy pub which is unsurprising. probably the best pub ive been in up north. pay it a visit, THIS PUB IS BLOODY FANTASTIC!!!
tc_imbiber - 25 Apr 2012 19:01
Popular place by the station with an excellent selection of ales. Beer garden if the weather's nice or a couple of rooms to sit inside if not. Apparently the food is good too.
DuchyBoy - 10 Oct 2011 08:38
Exellent Place! Good beer, Good selection of Beer, Friendly and Enthusiastic staff and DOG FRIENDLY too...
Down side - dangerously close to the station, I'm gonna have to visit again as I completely missed the town due to thrst.
goodhead - 11 Feb 2011 05:09
Hmmm... From the outside and close to the railway this pub looks inviting. However, upon entry the decor is bland, fake modern with no real life. Printed pieces of paper decorate every wall with their best offers of a prime night of music, food and fun... Not exactly inspiring. One chalk board would suffice.

Service - Well, after a nervous start from the bar staff after asking what they recommend - I finally was served a lovely pint of stout - Which tasted great, fresh and a lovely way to finish my day of travelling. The constant stares once I had taken my seat were a little un-welcoming. (I point out - that I was well dressed with no attitude and very polite at all times)

Food - Hmmm... Where do I start. I opted for a basic dish of sausages and mash - purely because I felt this was probably the safest option not knowing anything about this establishment. I was served in good time, the food was hot. However, the mash was maybe a day old if not longer... I've never had to slice/cut mash before. The gravy was welded to the onions and the sausages - which were meant to be the "Sausage of the Day: were unfortunately just bland economy sausages. So, the food was tasteless and very poor. I left 2/3's of my food.

All in all... This should be classed as a second class Harvester pub with good beer and average service. No thrills - No-Nothing to be honest - I left feeling quite empty. Well, actually I left and felt sorry for all the travelling diners who had just joined as I left.

So, go for the beer - not the service nor food.
Londonfieldsforever - 17 Sep 2010 21:27
Agree with Sinful855...on a sunny day or a Wednesday (market day) I pop over on the train from York. Worth a look too if you are travelling on the train from all points West as every second train seems to turn round at Knaresborough, leaving you 20 minutes to grab a pint. But, hey, why rush there'll be another along in an hour or so!
For any train buffs reading, the signal box (controlling the crossing and the train movements to replatform for return to Leeds) is uniquely bolted to the end of a row of terraced houses descending to the river.
Quite splendid part of a gem of a railway.
caliwag - 12 Jul 2010 15:28
One of the best pubs on my Usual Suspects crawl, particularly when the sun is shining and yopu can sit on the rather small patio in front of the station and watch the trains come and go. Lots of good beers on offer and I have yet to have a bad pint. I'd recommend the Wainwrights to anyone, and at 4.1% and 2.64 per pint is excellent. A recent addition has been Timothy Taylor's Golden Best, which is only about 3.6%, but a little more expensive than the Wainwrights, is a refreshing and easy drinking beer that won't have you falling over.
I must try to experiment with some of the other beers before the end of the summer, as the Locally brewed Black Sheep is supposed to be good. The problem is that if I try too many, I'd never make it up the hill to the square for Blind Jacks. The food looks good, though I have never tried anything from the menu, and there are usually meal deals to tempt the hungry traveller. It always seems busy, the staff are friendly, but service can sometimes be a little slow, though I think this is mainly due to the number of staff for the size of the bar. Patience will be rewarded with delicious beers, and it is great for anyone coming from Leeds or York as the station is a short wobble across the road.
sinful855 - 21 Jun 2010 16:38
Lovely place right next to Knaresborough station. Eight or so ales so I could have stayed much longer. I'd definitely return.
Killian42 - 2 May 2010 16:06
Stayed for a couple of nights B&B and found everything to be of a high standard, although breakfast on the first morning was a bit disappointing as we had to wait for the chef to get his act together. Having said that, the room was excellent and the choice of ales was good. The live jazz on Sunday evening was a bonus.
scoobybooze - 7 Apr 2010 12:57
Unfortunately we had a really bad experience at The Mitre - despite being staying there as repeat customers and our party spending several hundred pounds in the brasserie during our stay....
We were 6 of a large party up in Knaresborough for my niece's christening - so it was a celebratory weekend, and we had invited around 15 people other guests (who were staying in other various B&B and guesthouses).
First the good - great beers and comfortable stylish rooms. Food not excellent, but decent enough.
The bad - service was terrible. We were spoken really rudely by both the manageress and her assistant manager, who wouldnt even hear out our complaints. It really put a dampener on our weekend unfortunately.
Beer is good here, so perhaps if that's all you're heading to The Mitre for then you'll escape without having to deal with the unhelpful, rude and inexperienced staff as mentioned above (one young guy behind the bar over the weekend was lovely, so we had no gripe with him!).
But I wouldn't bother eating here, and I definitely wouldn't recommend staying overnight here, as you'll get a much warmer welcome elsewhere in Knaresborough.
RachHackney - 17 Nov 2009 14:10
In the late 1960s this pub was two rooms as I recall, the current hole in the wall with steps up being the dividing wall. It might even have been a Cameron's pub - I can't remember (anyone out there that can?) It had the first folk club in Knaresborough in those days and it's good to see live music has returned. It established a good reputation for Real Ale in the '90s with a smashing couple who I think were called Eric and Dawn but this was all knocked on the head when it was put up for sale around 2003. I think the owners hoped it would go for flats but a tax exile son of a previous landlord stepped in and saved it. It remained empty for a while when along came pub champion Ian Fozard who persuaded the owner it should re-appear as a pub.

The decor is a bit modern for some folk but I like to drink in the area just right of the entrance door, which retains old pub tables. The beer has always been top class, in spite of a few managers that have come and gone who have not quite got the message!! Business seems to be increasing and this is another reason to visit Knaresborough for a pub crawl - by train of course!!
JBGatelad - 27 Jun 2009 20:12
Clinical decor, good selection of beers and lagers, managed to get our lager boy on to something to challenge his tastebuds last week thanks to the selections available.
Bronzewhaler - 23 May 2009 15:14
Owned by Ian Fozzard, the guy behind the excellent Market Town Taverns but not actually part of the group. Good range of microbrewery beers and some foreign bottles and draughts. Always well kept and extremely drinkable. Thankfully a very short stagger from the station,in fact next to the York bound platform. Elegant old building tastefully but perhaps clinically decorated in modern minimalist style much like the MTT bars. Staff were a bit lackadasical on my last visit so I've knocked a point off.

anonymous - 6 Apr 2009 19:28

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