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Pub Review: The Little Ale House, Harrogate

Updated: Apr 27

The Little Ale House brings a country pub atmosphere to the centre of Harrogate.

The Little Ale House, Harrogate

What to expect at The Little Ale House

Sit on the rustic wooden chairs by the open fire in The Little Ale House and you might feel like you’re in a tiny village pub in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, rather than a terraced street in the centre of Harrogate. Owners Rich and Danni are passionate believers in the proper country pub – a cosy place to drink great-quality beer in a welcoming atmosphere. To encourage the dying art of conversation, TVs and background music are strictly forbidden!

The Little Ale House, Harrogate

The interior is that of a classic country pub – exposed brickwork, wooden floors and rustic furniture. Bunches of hops embellish the brick fireplace. The main room is a decent size and space is well-used to allow ample seating. Prints of local scenes from Harrogate-based photographer Ed Richardson adorn the walls and are available to buy. There is outdoor seating on the front terrace and in the beautiful beer garden to the rear. But our favourite part of the pub is the cellar – with its uneven walls, low ceiling and log piles, it’s like walking into a Hobbit’s house!

The Little Ale House, Harrogate

What’s to drink at The Little Ale House?

You won’t be disappointed by the choice and quality of beers in this micropub. Small-batch, independent micro-breweries are championed, especially those from local producers. Two By Two Brewing (Newcastle), Brass Castle Brewery (Malton) and Ainsty Ales Brewery & Taproom (York) are among the regular favourites. With five casks and six kegs, there’s a great deal of choice and always a mix of strengths and styles, including stouts, porters and sours. We opted for the excellent Harrogate Best by Harrogate Brewing Co (Harrogate) and Anarchy Brew Co’s (Newcastle) Blonde Star – a firm favourite of ours.

A dedicated gluten-free keg line is a permanent fixture and, if beer isn’t your thing, there’s an ever-growing collection of wines and spirits along with rotating cider taps.

Where can I find The Little Ale House?

The Little Ale House is on Cheltenham Crescent in Harrogate centre, around a 6-minute walk from the train station. If you’re travelling by car, the Jubilee Car Park is just over the road. Local buses regularly pass by the pub, too.

The Little Ale House, Harrogate

The Little Ale House, Harrogate: Summary

- Wet pub

- Great choice of beers and ales

- Dog-friendly

- Beer garden

- Close to carpark

- Open fire

Where can I find out more information?

For the latest updates from The Little Ale House, including opening hours, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and their website.

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