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2019 – What’s New?

2018 was a great year for The Little Ale House. We had the privilege of having Freddie join the team, which enabled us to open 7 days a week and go on a holiday (!). As our regulars can attest, Freddie was a real star and we wish him all the luck in his new career as a fireman down in the big smoke. We know he’ll do a reet good job.

With Freddie leaving, we now welcome James Marriot to the team. James will already be familiar to many of our customers, doing the odd cameo shift (both sides of the bar). His family dog, Max, is also a regular many will know!

We will again be the host venue for the Women on Tap festival (May 2019); a real privilege, especially as the festival grows every year. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically a festival celebrating that women brew loads of great beer and that drinking beer is not only for people with Y chromosomes.

The start of 2019 marked the loss of our wonky front yard, as we have reinvested in a beautiful, traditional, Harrogate stone front court yard. This should make summer drinking out the front far more pleasurable.

Mo continues to be a fantastic pub dog, if still a little unsure of bags, butchers and hats. After rescuing him in 2017, we believe we have finally worked out what he is – a cross between a German Koolie and a Border Collie. He still loves cuddles, so that should continue into 2019!

We’re going to be closed in February for a few days as we continue to reinvest – this time with 2 new cold rooms.

Watch this space for wine, whisky, gin and beer tasting events, as we hope to tie up with some our fantastic local suppliers, including Whittakers Gin, Harrogate Gin, Les Harrow and Ake & Humphries.

Rich & Danni

In other news…

photo of us holding the Good Beer Guide 2018

Good Beer Guide 2018

We’re in and we’re clearly chuffed to get in to this so soon into our venture together.

Photo of the award winners Rich & Danni along with Gary Verity and Debbie Forsyth Conroy

Harrogate’s Hospitality Awards 2017

We were voted Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by Harrogate College. Presented by Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire and Debbie Forsyth Conroy Principal at Harrogate College.

CAMRA's Pub of the year award 2017

CAMRA Best Pub 2017

Harrogate & Ripon CAMRA’s Pub of the year award.

Ales & Ciders

Ales & Ciders

Rich and Dan believe that the best beers are produced by small batch breweries who are passionate about their brews. As a result, the bar has an ever evolving selection of ales brewed by independent micro-breweries – change is the spice of life! There will always be a mix of strengths and styles – including stouts/porters.

At any one time there will be up to 5 cask beers and 5 keg beers. Big supporters of ‘fresh is best’, Rich and Danni endeavour to have the right ratio of beers to customers, so you know that the beer is in top nick.

Please note – There is no draught lager and shandys requests are not met!

Wines & Spirits

Wines & Spirits

A small, but well formed, selection of wines and spirits are also available at The Little Ale House.

Local, handmade, gins are championed, and you will be able to find the Whittakers and Harrogate gin range on our little gin shelf.

Rich and Danni also enjoy their single malt whiskys, and there is an ever changing selection of interesting Scotch.

On the wine side of things, we’ve tried to source some lovely drops from Argentina, Spain, France, Australia and even Albania!

About us

About the Little Ale House

The Little Ale House was created by husband and wife team, Rich and Danni, in an effort to recreate a rustic country pub atmosphere in Harrogate town centre.

Passionate believers in the dying art of the ‘proper’ country style pub, the duo champion conversation, micro breweries, and a warm rustic atmosphere; they completely shun TVs, background music and pub ‘gastroficiation’!

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