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Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough

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Will Larter left this review about Mother Shipton Inn

I was fully prepared to dislike this pub, seeming as it does to exploit a half-remembered old woman, almost as famous for her ugliness as her wisdom, so I was surprised to find myself warming to the place and appreciating its authenticity and lack of improvement. Perhaps careful and tastefully done restoration might be more to the point, but I spent my time here consuming a very good half pint of John Smiths Cask Bitter appreciating my surroundings as much as my beer. The bar has two pairs of hand pumps at different parts of the bar counter: one pair on a short section soon after entering, the other at the end of a longer stretch around the corner. (Other beers on offer were Hobgoblin Gold, Taylors Landlord and Theakston Best.)

I took my seat at a long table that was a bit of a squeeze to get into, but neither the table nor the settle were amenable to being moved, so I managed somehow. The fireplace opposite was very attractive, as were two chairs placed in front of it, more for decoration than seating, by the way they were set. Elsewhere were various nooks and crannies, surprises around corners, steps up and steps down. My best pub of the day in Knaresborough, and would have scored higher than my 8 if the offering had included a local beer or two, and if the background music had developed an irreparable fault, like someone cutting the wires to the loud speakers for example.

The notice near the bar, "Unaccompanied children will be sold to the Goblin King", reminded me of visits to Knaresborough with my daughters more than 30 years ago, though we didn't go in any pubs then. This notice didn't look that old, anyway.

On 27th May 2022 - rating: 8
[User has posted 3081 recommendations about 2897 pubs]

Old Boots left this review about Mother Shipton Inn

A few changes since the last visits, the beer range is about the same but the food offering is rather more plebian than before. It's still got an olde world interior, maybe with less fittings than before and the riverside position is of course the same.

On 12th December 2021 - no rating submitted
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Mother Shipton Inn

The pub's interior can only be described as olde worlde. I can imagine that this pub would be very inviting in the winter with the open fire lit. The interior was wallpapered with lots of lamps dotted around the place, Monks bench seating and a few leather settees. Four handpumps on our visit, with two in use offering a Daleside and TT Landlord.

On 24th June 2015 - rating: 6
[User has posted 3092 recommendations about 3092 pubs]

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Knaresborough, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough
27th May 2022, 15:09
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
27th May 2022, 15:05
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter

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