The Little Ale House

An independent Craft Ale Micro Pub in Harrogate

We open again today

18th July 2020

As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned countless lives upside down and caused unimaginable heartbreak for many in our community. Our thoughts go out to any of our customers who have been affected by this terrible virus.

We have mixed feelings when it comes to our reopening. On one hand, we don’t want to be disrespectful to anyone who has lost loved ones and suffered during this horrendous period. At the same time, we need to reopen to ensure the future of the business and protect the livlihoods of our excellent staff.

On this note, we will be implementing a new normal, in an effort to keep everyone we welcome to The Little Ale House as safe as possible.

A new way of operating - Please Read

We will carry out this new way of working for as long as it takes, making modifications as we go. We’re sure it will be a learning experience as to how best run a business and keep people safe during this time. We are trying our best, but if you have any concerns please contact us.

In light of this, we have conducted a Covid 19 Management Risk Assessment.

We encourage all our customers to read the key points set out below:

We will require our customers to queue outside the venue before being shown to a table. We have considered a booking app, but have decided to trial a queuing system first. This will allow customers to stay for longer periods, should they wish. We will review this policy at regular intervals, and will change to a online booking system if we feel it is a better route forward.

We will take customers details on entry via a QR code and online survey, inline with government guidelines on track and trace procedures.

We have reorganised the layout of The Little Ale House to ensure tables are at least 1m apart. Customers will be asked to stay at their table unless leaving or going to the toilet.

Signage will be present to encourage customers to: sanitise their hands regularly; remain socially distant; and not to move tables and chairs to new locations.

There will be a seperate entrance for customers using the back yard, reducing contact at the main entrance.

We will have cleaning stations present, including on entry. Customers will be encouraged to use those stations.

Any customer displaying signs of Covid 19 will not be served, asked to leave, and notified to the track and trace system.

Our toilets will have a socially distanced queueing system. The toilets will be cleaned every 30mins by our team. A cleaning station in each toilet will be available for our customers to use, incase they would like to clean touchpoints before use.

There will be no bar service, with table service instead implemented. This new way of working will keep both our staff and customers socially distanced.

Our staff will wear face masks/visors. We will not be wearing gloves, as we believe it will reduce the number of times we sanitise our hands. Instead, we will sanitise our hands in between each service point.

We will be card only, with payment taken at the table. Payment will be required on receiving drinks. The card reader will be cleaned after every use.

Tables and chairs will be cleaned down in-between customers

Needless to say, anyone ignoring government guidelines will be asked to leave.

As ever, dogs are more than welcome but must be kept on a lead.

We hope this reassures customers that we are taking this process seriously. Our policy will modify over time as we seek to find the best route forward and stay up to date with government guidance.

We look forward to seeing everyone as and when possible.

All the best,

Rich, Danni, James, and Matt

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Ales & Ciders


An ever changing range of fresh beers and 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


A small, but well formed and growing, selection of wines and spirits

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


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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For a good cause

Autumn 2019

Anyone that’s sat in our little beer garden during the summer months will have noticed our canopy of hops, steadily growing over the yard. This hop plant, kindly donated by one of our regulars, has led to a community of hop growers (Ale House regulars), all growing clippings from the same UK Cascade hop.

This year, despite The Little Ale’s crop of hops being a little disappointing, The Harrogate Community Hop Growers have managed to produce an excellent harvest — enough to brew a beer with.

This beer won’t simply be drank however, as the hop growers have decided to henceforth dedicate the beer to a local charity. The Little Ale House had already been raising money for Frank’s Fund, and it has been decided that this excellent local charity will be the first beneficiary. The Little Ale House and Harrogate Brew Co. will both be donating part of the profits for every pint sold, and we should have 10 casks!

Harrogate Brew Co. very kindly put themselves forward to experiment with our Yorkshire hops, brewing a 4.2% golden bitter called ‘Crowd Sauce’ (which best suits English hops grown ‘up North!)



The Little Ale House,
7, Cheltenham Crescent,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

T: 07792 175 380

Opening Hours:

Monday: 2pm – 9pm
Tuesday: 2pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 9pm
Thursday: 2pm – 10pm
Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

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