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Royal Shepherd Inn, Skipton

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Having recently revisited this pub, I'm pleased to change my opinion. There is a friendly atmosphere, staff are pleasant and the beer was good. Feels like a proper local pub.
Sneazel - 15 Jan 2013 10:39
I liked this pub before it changed hands. I visited again under the new management in June 2012; my husband and I were the only customers. I was served a dreadful pint of one of a Copper Dragon ale which was totally undrinkable. I was told it's supposed to be taste that way. I'd just enjoyed this ale in another pub in Skipton and know what it should taste like. Not only was the landlord happy to serve vinegar in place of ale, but he refused to change the pint. That is unforgiveable and shortsighted.
When a new customer came in and asked for the same ale, he was served it with the comment that 'it is an acquired taste'. Doubly insulting as it was obviously a barb aimed at me. (I left so I don't know if the chap drank it.)
Sneazel - 1 Jan 2013 15:25
One of just five pubs I have visited in Skipton. This has a prime location on the canal and has recently reopened. The new publicans were friendly, down to earth, honest folks and appeared to be "having a go" to make this place a success. I wish them well.This was the only pub where I found the locally brewed Copper Dragon. I sampled the Golden Pippin and the Bitter. Both very well kept and below 3 /pint.
tarkatherotter - 21 Jun 2012 22:14
Visited this pub on Sat afternoon. Good quality beer and friendly staff & locals. My missus wanted a hot chocolate but they couldn't do one, however they did make her a cup of tea which she enjoyed (she had been shopping so preferred a hot drink, unlike me!). Look forward to another visit soon.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 17 Jul 2011 22:04
always found the beer in here best in skipton, always 3 copper dragon and 1 guest . friendly bar staff , good food menu , small beer garden right next to the canal which comes into its own on a nice summers day.lovely place i go to every time i visit skipton.
loiner8 - 21 Feb 2011 10:50
Copper dragon ales excellent. Place was empty at 6pm on a friday. Menus looking old and out of date. You would expect staff to notice no soap in toilets after using them, but not here.
garyrealaledrinker - 13 Oct 2010 12:10
The beer is good, Copper Dragon, but this pub clearly hasn't seen much change in the last 20 years or more. There are much better pubs within a couple of minutes walk.
CanalWalker - 19 Sep 2010 12:31
One of my favourite places in Skipton for a pint if I'm there although it's a fairly unremarkable pub on the whole. The best thing though about the Royal Shepherd is its location right next to the canal in Skipton. There is a very small beer garden to the side of the pub as well as few seats out front where you can sit and watch the people and the boats go by. Inside the pub is quite cosy and there is an intimate snug to the rear of the pub which contains a lot of cricket memorabilia. Skipton's Copper Dragon brewery have their range of beers on sale which are generally well kept and newspapers are available.
Cravenite - 18 Jan 2010 13:26
The previous comment flatters to deceive is spot on, service, location and beer are fine, food? - well put it like this Little Chef does it better...... For a beer beside the canal fine. But this could be an absolutely brilliant pub, but I think the current landlord and cook are lets be kind a little past it.
tinplatetony - 19 Jul 2009 16:47
Flatters to deceive - beer & service not always up to the mark despite the lovely setting by the canal.
wildwillie - 11 Jun 2008 13:54
A pleasant unremarkable pub, serving well-presented Copper Dragon though NOT Black gold - and it's almost December and freezing!! Interesting photos on walls. Worth a pint in.
Greywolf - 29 Nov 2007 16:58
Good ale, reasonably priced food, good steak pies
alewhale - 19 Sep 2005 19:43
Visited 6 Jun 05. Very quiet, thankfully two elderly ladies came in, and increased the chatter. Three real ales were on offer, we had Copper Dragon Scott's 1816, which was in good condition.

Be warned, when they say no food after 8pm, they mean 7.45pm. Shades of The Waldorf Salad episode of Fawlty Towers.
cackgsy - 15 Jun 2005 12:05

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