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The Bear at Carriages

4.4
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£25 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 104 People Are Saying
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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

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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.

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JoanneC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a selection of small dishes- they were delicious

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.....

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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.

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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!

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SharonA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit since Bear took over, already planning next trip

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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

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PatD
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu is incredibly limited. I appreciate that its a grill but the choice of meats, and in fact the variety of steak and sizes of the steaks was limited too.
My husbands steak was not cooked as requested.
We were sitting in the restaurant to the right hand side (as you go in) and mostly it was well spaced apart from the three tables as you enter the room. We had the table for 2 by the window and we were not at a safe distanced from the table for 2 at the top of the room and really did not feel comfortable.
The service was good and its nice to see the restaurant open again.

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SamanthaC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, could just do with a few more simple choices on the menu but what we had was lovely. Very good value for money! Nice to see the place open again.

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PhilipR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding, great selection of very good wines.the staff could not have been more helpful.
Can’t wait to get back and try more of the menu

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ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food nice, service excellent. Lack of fresh vegetables on menu as sides. Limited menu choice.

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MelissaW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite dining spot in Knaresborough! We ordered the steak and it was one of the best we’ve had😋

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vipFitzfood
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The Bear at Carriages continues the long tradition of great food at this establishment. Everything from the warm welcome to being taken out to see our shared 32oz rib on the grill - was fantastic.

The food is top quality and in particular the beef rib to share was out of this world. Highly recommended. Great starters. Short wine list but excellent options. Great buzz and top service. Couldn’t fault it!

We feel very grateful to such a fantastic place as a local but would be more than happy to make a journey for such a high quality restaurant. Get yourselves down there. You won’t be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience on both visits whilst on holiday. Would highly recommend for the food, ambience and friendly but professional staff.

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Paddy
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service great food fantastic ,under the new ownership making a great go of it definitely will be back👏👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s Birthday

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AnneG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First visit definitely not the last, ticks all the boxes Good food helpful waitress generally a very good experience ✅

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James
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Date!

Recommend the Rib!

Would definitely go again.

Thank you

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MaggieS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve worked with the team at Bears on events before and have always loved both their food and service so I couldn’t wait to test out their restaurant. Again they didn’t disappoint!
I’d highly recommend to anyone who is looking for yummy food, lovely staff and a great ambiance. We can’t wait to come back soon x

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CharlotteA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for drinks, food (big meals or small nibbles). Wine list is amazing and all by the glass! We shared a really good bottle of cava too. Dog friendly in the bar and outdoor.

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AnnelieseC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Friday early evening and the place was already buzzing. Great atmosphere. Greeted warmly staff friendly and attentive. We had a selection of dishes all delicious particular favourites were the brisket and mackerel toasties . The food and drinks were I feel extremely reasonably priced. Cocktails seemed popular so I had a margarita and was not disappointed. Lovely evening will return soon

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EllieV
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it here. We booked a table at 8:30pm and ordered at around 8:35, and we must have had the food within 15-20 minutes of ordering. It was delicious! My boyfriend had the most perfect medium rare steak and chips while I had the 'naughty gnocchi' one of their veggie options, which was just divine. So good, great service as well and excited, busy atmosphere. If we come back to Knaresborough we'll definitely be coming here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackson was fantastic!

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PaulineH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming.Allcovid safety prevention in place.Excellant service.Food good and reasonly priced.Drinks also normal average prices.Would recommend to anyone.re..booked for next month.

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JamesEddy24
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had the roast beef and cauliflower Sunday lunch, excellent and beautifully presented. Lovely hosting and all staff attentive have booked to return.

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FionaW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We went for Sunday lunch, my chicken was abit dry and gravy not very tasty. My friends had the beef and said it was very good.

JM
JulieM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service whilst adhering to social distancing rules. Window table in the bar is perfect for 2 .

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DanielY
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Brilliant outdoor area if it’s decent weather and inside a mix of cosy and modern. Excellent selection of beers and wines, great service from the staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good all round hospitality

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Marko
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple food but very good. Helpful staff. Will go there again (and again etc)

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AndreaT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waitress was so lovely. Great value for money.

MJ
MartinJ
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice, friendly staff, food was amazing and delicious 🤤

FAQs

The Bear at Carriages is rated 4.4 stars by 104 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.