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The Tap on Tower St, Harrogate Central, Harrogate

Tower Street
Phone: 01423526785

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Old Boots left this review about The Tap on Tower St

Now being run by new operators, the old Tap & Spile has had a complete modernising make over that will not be to everyone's taste. The three room layout remains, the public bar to the left, doubles as a bottle shop with fridges laden with bottles and cans. Seating here is generally at tall stools and there is a drinking shelf along the front wall. The former lounge now has tables and chairs and operates as a food and drink space for the all day food offer, with a choice of cheeses, pizzas, pies, meats and noodles. The former pool room is also laid out with tables and chairs and shelves groaning with various board games. Naturally a trendy grey paint job predominates, is it still trendy or a bit passé? Each bar has four hand pumps with the same beers sometimes in each bar, sadly the quality isn't as good as before on those occasions when it was right. The front patio area has seating reclaimed from wooden pallets, the rear garden has more conventional seating.

On 5th October 2017 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Tap & Spile

This is a charming back street pub easily reached from the town centre, but rather sleepy on my Saturday evening visit. The entrance has doors to either side, with the right hand option leading into a spacious lounge bar which is part carpeted and part bare boared. Standard tables and chairs make up the majority of seeing options here, although there is a decent looking L-shaped banquette in the rear corner. Bare stone walls to the front and a nice tiled fireplace to the rear with a pub mirror above, help give the pub an authentic traditional feel, further enhanced by a series of historic black and white photos throughout the room. There is also an upright piano, although the sombre atmosphere on my visit made me wonder how long it was since it was last used in anger. Meanwhile, the left entrance takes you into a simple front bar with limited seating options, a large TV screen and an encouraging pump clip collection. A blackboard on the end wall also listed the full ale range. A third room can be found to the rear left, housing a pool table and some subsequently cramped seating options as well as a serious continuation of the pump clip collection. Music played quietly throughout my visit and a docile pub dog wandered around looking lost before hiding under the banquette.
The ale range was pretty strong for a quiet back street pub, which made me wonder if I had happened to catch it at a bit of a bad time. The options available on this visit were Roosters Yankee, Exmouth Ale, Cottage Thunderbolt and Full Throttle, Brains The Awakening, Purity Mad Goose and something from Batemans. The Yankee couldn't really be faulted and it was served by a friendly enough landlord.
I really liked the look and feel of this classic traditional back street pub, especially the sharp contrast it provided to the Saturday night madness unfolding a short distance away on the town centre. It was a shame that the pub was virtually empty, as it struck me as the sort of place you could probably easily fall into conversation with the locals. A well kept pub and one that I would be keen to revisit at a busier time.

On 16th June 2015 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Tap & Spile

We really liked this proper traditional pub, with the friendly manager and the very likeable pub's dog named Molly, who had her bed in the bar under the TV and a pile of half eaten bones under the pool table. The pub consisted of the bar on the left of entrance, a rear pool room and a decent sized lounge with upright piano on the right.
There was eight ales on handpump, so I went for the Roosters Yankee, which was top class.

On 14th June 2015 - rating: 9
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Old Boots left this review about The Tap & Spile

Dedicated beer drinkers pub with eight constantly changing ales from micro, small and regional brewers all in excellent condition. Floorboards and exposed brickwork in the Lounge, stone flags, TV and gaming machine in the Public, and a pool table in the back room. Knowledgeable and efficient Guv'nor, friendly locals, one of the top three or four traditional pubs in Harrogate.

April 2011

The Guest Ale total is now up to 1960, I wonder if there will be a celebration for number 2000, perhaps he'll drop his prices! (temporarily of course)

On 2nd April 2011 - no rating submitted
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ROB Camra left this review about The Tap & Spile

Multi roomed pub with good selection of real ales. Has a blackboard up stating how many different reals ales they have had on since opening with an asterix next to any ales currently on tap that have added to the total. I can't remember exactly how many it is, but it's certainly in 4 figures. I've never had a bad pint in here and I've had quite a few. It's a nice place for a quiet chat. Molly, the pub dog is a little mercenary, buy a bag of crisps and you've got a friend for life, right up until someone buys some pork scratchings!! Just up the road from the Coach and Horses. Try both.

On 5th March 2010 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Tap & Spile

Suprisingly nice inside as the exterior didn't look particularly inviting. Traditional stone walls and a courtyard which is a good spot for the evening sun, although the multitude of dogs running round spoiled it a bit.
Pool table in the bar and a good choice of beer on tap. Also Blackthorn cider which was an unexpected bonus in this part of the country, along with Weston's Scrumpy.

On 30th June 2009 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Tap & Spile

This Tap and Spile is a medium sized pub and once inside here the pub was really nice with a good choice of real ales on the bar i had a drink of York Stonewall and this was a really nice drink the other beers were Roosters yankee, Hexamshire Devils Elbow, Theakston Old Peculiar and London Pride.
This was my favourite pub in Harrogate on my short visit.

Pub visited 16/7/2007

On 16th July 2007 - rating: 9
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