The Bear at Carriages

4.4
129 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
WELCOME TO THE BEAR AT CARRIAGES.

We are 100% independent, 100% family run gastropub based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Our food centres round a roaring solid fuel fire pit, housed in our spectacular beer garden. Tuesday - Sunday we serve the very best local produce with a difference.

Our dog friendly bar area serves an enviable selection of draught craft beer, small batch spirits and cocktails. As if this wasn't enough, we have over 35 wines by the glass, so you can really choose the best wine to suit the occasion, or the food.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 129 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
BL
BeckyL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and the cocktail menu is a must. Lovely atmosphere and fabulous service, will definitely be returning!

D
Deedee
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic! The sticky toffee pudding was truly amazing! Real comfort food at its best!

P
paulaP
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was lovely however we were overcharged for a sauce that was included & for chips which i had as an alternative to mash we did receive the money back for the sauce but not for chips which i wasn’t told when i asked for them instead of mash i would be charged £4 this should be made clear to the customer upon ordering i wouldn’t of had an issue if I’d of had both

JP
JamesP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely impeccable. The menu isn't huge but feels really well designed. I like that they have plenty of exciting choices for vegetarians, it's not just an afterthought. Such a fantastic selection of starters which had us picking several to share between us. Steak was cooked to perfection and the chips were mouth wateringly good. Great selection of drinks although would be good to have a cocktail menu as we had seen some posted on their Instagram. Pudding is also not to be missed, their butterscotch sticky toffee pudding was heavenly. Really looking forward to when we can visit again, Knaresborough really is lucky to have such a fantastic restaurant and I really hope they manage to survive the challenges ahead with Covid.

L
Local
Yorkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very tasty steak, though should be advise on temperature. Best chips I’ve ever had. Sauces need more craft to be thicker.

NC
NikkiC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Food was dreadful and service very slow my roast dinner was so overcooked and very unimaginative vegetables! I wouldn’t go back

J
Jules
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic, already planning a post lockdown visit 🙏
Excellent food, excellent service, a fantastic time had by all!! 👌

DH
DebbieH
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful food again. The lady that seated us was very helpful fantastic service

G
Giti
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal. I had a nicely cooked lamb steak with delicious chips and my friend had the brisket sandwich which she enjoyed.
The waitress was very friendly.
I do hope that you will be doing take away meals during the next lock down as I live nearby I certainly would make use of that.

A
Andrew
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hope to go back after lockdown.
Rib of beef for 2 was excellent if a little pricey. (£55)

AM
AlastairM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Really well cooked food. Service excellent

JQ
JordynQ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the second time we came to the Bear, after having the sharing steak and cauli cheese, I had to come back & have it a second!

We will certainly be back again 🤤🤤

J
Joshmarshall
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Knaresborough, if you're off to Knaresborough this is your spot xx

AW
AlanW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was our first visit to the restaurant and was arranged to mark a friends birthday. The restaurant was fairly busy and is clearly popular, but we didn’t entirely enjoy our visit.
Our booking was for late Sunday afternoon and the lunch menu was still being served but our order would have been one of the last. The lunch arrived promptly and the beef, which we all had, was certainly as good as any I’ve had. The meal though was unfortunately lukewarm. At another time, I might have mentioned this to the staff who I’m sure would have tried to correct this. But because we had brought a guest to celebrate a birthday it didn’t seem appropriate to turn the atmosphere sour with a complaint. I suspect the real problem was our timing. I suspect that the food would have been much better earlier. But timing shouldn’t be an excuse for poor food presentation.
I’m sure that at another time the experience at the restaurant could be quite different. But we would not return to The Bear

F
Flipflopfairy
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent roast!
Proper yorkshires and roasties!
We are glad we managed to book

VK
VictK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After looking forward to trying The Bear I was disappointed. We have been to Carriages’s many times over previous years. Being newly diagnosed celiac, I was disappointed that the menus weren’t marked and had to ask the Gluten Free options. The food was only tepid when it came. I will be prepared to try it again and maybe GF options will have improved.

AJ
AndrewJ
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Diners requests ignored regarding gravy all over food. Side dishes arrived with nothing to serve with, no staff around to ask so has to use knife and forks before food cold.
Beef and Pork too rare.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All good just wanted more choice on the menu

CC
CarolC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and cocktails the food was good . Recommend it

G
Gwenmegan
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Our concerns are purely around procedures put in place concerning Corvid. Our table was less than one metre away from two other tables. Consequently we left asap that is after our main course.

AV
AvrilV
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indian Spiced veg pie 🥧 with mash was gorgeous. Husband’s burger 🍔 went down well - don’t eat before because it is enormous!!!

Lovely outdoor lighting, great friendly service from Jackson.

Wrap up warm as it was a little chilly 🥶 although I believe the heaters are going to be installed this week.

Great night out and we will be going again.

CO
CateO
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first trip since it became The Bear and we loved it.
We ordered steak medium steak medium well lamb leg and chicken and everything was perfect especially the chips which were lovely as light. Great atmosphere and perfect safety measures in place. Table 5 was perfect near the window and out of the way. Thank you can’t wait to return.

B
Binnsy1
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and friendly staff, our table was right next to the door which meant receiving a nasty draft every time someone opened the door and often they would linger at the door while leaving it wide open.

j
jodiew
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rib of beef 🥩 fabulous
Quirky menu
Energetic attentive staff
Will return

RW
RobW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to the Bear and we were very impressed we will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Booked for spontaneous trip to knaresborough.

Really amazing food!

Would have liked a better table as felt a bit squished and uncomfortable but couldn’t fault food or service.

Food was so fresh and tasted amazing really good choice of options.

Will definitely be back!

PD
PhoebeD
Kuwait
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feel welcome at The Bear! Food is fab and a great price for the quality, service is wonderful, quick and efficient! Have recommended it to a lot of people and so far no bad feedback! New burger is insane xxx

PE
PETERM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Still excellent food some weeks after opening. Very good service, good own brand beer. I really like this place, hope they have heaters outside for winter as the acoustics inside can mean it gets quite loud/echoey.

JC
JoanneC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a selection of small dishes- they were delicious

B
Badam24
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Well it is an absolute shame to have to write this as the majority of the experience was good (James), however when you have one member of the team letting the rest of the team down, it’s not great at all.

This place was our ‘go to’ and whilst it has changed hands, there have been a couple of Occasions where certain members of staff are quite cold and stern in their approach. So much so we won’t be returning. We believe it is the owner or manager of the venue. He seems to very sarcastic and has a very ‘teacher’ like approach. There is a way of speaking to people and I don’t think he has quite grasped that.... to be made to feel like he is doing us a favour is not acceptable - we are paying customers and in fact on the day we visited, we were near enough his only customers.

The customer is always right, which is unfortunate for him on this occasion, but I think he seriously needs to consider is customer service style.

Sorry guys but there is a serious lack of warmth in this place and I don’t mean the temperature!

KS
KellyS
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, can’t wait to return. Lovely atmosphere too

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed meal, drinks and service

LD
LindaD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So enjoyed our visit to The Bear. The food was delicious and we felt we could easily work our way through the whole menu.

SL
SarahL
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Advertised children’s menu but didn’t have one. Had to pay for an adult meal for an 8 year old with a small appetite. Tables for food outside but to cold, expected heaters If offering this

T
Terence
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

How can you possibly review a restaurant when they are battling through a pandemic?

So firstly huge respect to the guys for taking on the challenge.
I have given a 4 on everything other than the service which is a 5 as regardless of the restrictions service is key and they have nailed that

It has the feel of the old Carriages if you see through the Covid protection. It feels safe and the guys are on it with respect to social distancing and ppe.

The service was swift and friendly.

The food is simple and definitely isn’t to the standards of the old Carriages, but I don’t think that was ever their intention. It’s pub food and a meat eaters dream.
If you liked Carriages then it’s worth a visit and I am sure they would appreciated your support.

M
Maria
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A really enjoyable evening meal , will definitely go again , especially for the burnt beef ends they were melt in mouth gorgeous.....

AN
AndyN
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had 2 previous visits with very different experiences. However having been told about issues relating to our previous visit we agreed to give the Bear another go. We were not disappointed. The meal was excellent and far better than before and service much more efficient and professional. Our faith has been restored. We will be returning.

AP
AldoP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food here is delicious, enjoyed every bite of it. I don’t usually have three courses but I did here. Sticky toffee pudding was sensational. Menu was concise, my only real gripe - I was expecting a gourmet burger on the menu. Definitely come again and highly recommend!

SA
SharonA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit since Bear took over, already planning next trip

PB
PaulB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday lunch around the food was fantastic the service was brilliant and such good value for money for a superb Sunday lunch highly recommended

FAQs

The Bear at Carriages is rated 4.4 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.