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The Kings Head, Skipton

The Green
Kettlewell
Postal town: Skipton
BD23 5RD

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Kings Head

Another gastro pub - how many does one village need?

More space to sit than at the racehorses and the chance to try Dark Horse - previously unseen.

Photos at my walking blog - http://bit.ly/22QBejl

On 21st April 2016 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about The Kings Head

We popped in to check out the food offering, as I had remembered that the vegetarian choices were pretty good on my previous visit. The internal decor is now gastro-pub grey and the food is expensive and what I would class as poncy, not the filling grub I need after a day's cycling.

There are still a couple of hand pumps on the bar, and I came back later after eating at the Blue Bell to try out the local Dark Horse Hetton Pale - a beer that is described elsewhere in these terms: "Lemon barley and slate aroma. Flavour has almond, mineral grassiness and a big hop punch." To be honest it didn't do much for me; I may have missed the slate aroma. To be fair, the beer was no more expensive than in the other pubs in the village and there's still a pub here, struggling to break free from its gastro chains.

On 29th October 2014 - rating: 5
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Will Larter left this review about The Kings Head

I was amazed how quiet it was here on a recent Friday night. The weather may have had something to do with this, as it had been raining all day and some roads were impassable due to floods. One hotel guest had adapted the magnificent inglenook fireplace as an impromptu drying room, his socks getting the benefit of the roaring log fire.

On the bar were six hand pumps, five of which were available, serving Black Sheep, Tetleys, Thwaites Original and Lancaster Bomber, and the local Buttertubs. I had the latter to start with, but found it too bitter to want a second, so switched to the Thwaites bitter, an old favourite. Beers were in good condition, but perhaps poured with too tight a sparkler. We had some food too, which was very tasty and good value (£8.95 for our vegetarian options, other dishes were a little more expensive but not excessively so).

This is a comfortable room, with wooden bench seating around the walls and a stone flagged floor. On one of the low beams is a series of cartoons which I take to be of locals, since they were not identifiable as anyone famous. Later the place filled up with a bunch of 50-somethings who, like us, were staying at the youth hostel just around the corner - if it hadn't been for us, the place would have remained empty all night.

On 3rd July 2012 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Kings Head

Very busy little village pub, lots of people eating, food looked good. On handpump Blacksheep, Tetleys and a local one Buttertubs from Swaledale.

On 30th July 2011 - rating: 7
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David Ross left this review about The Kings Head

We arrived here during the "Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival" and were surprised to encounter a large black sheep apparently ordering a pint of its namesake ale at the bar. The landlord brings it out of hibernation every August for this bizarre and colourful annual event. The most down to earth, and best, of the village's three pubs, it provides reasonably priced food and overnight accommodation.

On 6th September 2010 - rating: 9
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