Friday, 26 July 2013

The Narrowboat, Skipton

As the name suggests the Narrowboat is close to the canal basin in the centre of this market town. It is, however, quite difficult to find as it is tucked away up a narrow cobbled street. Make the effort to find it as it is a little gem!


Part of the MarketTown Taverns group the Narrowboat has long been the best provider of cask-conditioned beer in Skipton as well as providing a menu of simple but tasty pub food. They always support local ales so that Black Sheep, Timothy Taylors and Copper Dragon are available from the wickets as well as an interesting selection of guest ales.



We called in one Friday evening when there were 3 guests from Plassey Brewery in Conwy, North Wales. Clearly the trip east had suited the beer as the bitter was superb. My wife always drinks TT's Landlord here as it is always good.

As ever when we go to the Narrowboat it is full of like-minded people so we ended up in the gallery upstairs. We had a Burger with chips and Steak &Ale pie (with chips!) followed by Apple & Sultana Sponge (with custard). Simple food, cooked well and served with a smile.



Latterly we have enjoyed ale from Saltaire and Ilkley breweries ( Mary Jane is my favourite blonde)

The Narrowboat is our favourite pub in Skipton - we have been coming here for at least 10 years - it was the first non-smoking pub in Skipton. Consistently good and the best pub in the excellent Markettowntaverns group (which is now owned, I believe, by Okells brewery on the IOM.)



Take the time and trouble to seek out the Narrowboat. It will not disappoint!