The Bear at Carriages

4.5
257 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 257 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gill
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 4th visit in the last couple of months, so I guess it’s obvious that I like it there!
Highly recommend the Yorkshire Burger, and absolutely love the crispy chips.

JS
JessicaS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and cocktails, staff were so attentive and the food was divine! Had the perfect night out, thank you so much!

JG
JuneG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, good awareness of gluten free needs of a coeliac

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good lunchtime with friends. Food and service were excellent.

PP
PaulP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good outdoor location: covered and heated. Also, good food and friendly helpful service.

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Jane
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We called in as three visitors for an evening meal and were delighted with our choice of restaurant
Food, staff and ambience all first class..everything was freshly cooked to perfection …the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly … we would certainly go again on a future trip to Knaresborough and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Bear

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Collo
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

First time since it changed hands and very disappointing. Has cafe feel, cheap tables and seating with booming music. Server very short tempered BUT food was very good and good value

JC
JillC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu but what we had was very good. Will definitely go back again

RW
RachelW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place garden area is fantastic, food was amazing. Definitely going again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious food & wonderful service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great to be back out in a safe environment

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/anniversary

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really love this place - we went with family and the staff were friendly and attentive. The food is always excellent too !

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Dan11t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Always friendly service, great food and environment. Plus they always make the dog feel very welcome!

JC
JohnC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting food served well. Very attentive waiters

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Bit too laud for a nice dinner. Poor service.

TJ
vipTheJohnnyA
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service!

What a great little spot - will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I have ever tasted. Great location and beer garden. Definitely recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, setting and service! Slightly overpriced beer though!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was nice but the service was terrible. We were sat down inside round a corner and no one came to take our order for a long time not even for drinks. We ended up having to ask someone
They eventually came and took our food and drinks order. The food came but then we realised our drinks hadn’t arrived, we waited but they never came so again we went and asked someone and they said ‘we didn’t see the drinks order come through because you didn’t order proper drinks’ ( we weren’t drinking alcohol)
They brought our drinks over and we finished our meal, waited about another 30 mins after asking for the bill and never received it so tried to pay at the bar but was told they would come over, they eventually did and we paid
The food was nice so it was a shame about the service

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Leonnie
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall a great place. Lovely food and good selection of drinks but what I was most impressed with was the service. Extremely friendly and professional staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you.

JB
JamieB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff. Really good value. Had a great time.

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Bazza
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely attentive staff. Very friendly relaxed atmosphere in the beer garden. Food is amazing and the ale fantastic. Keep it going!!

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jackieH
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice place. And very hard working staff. Can’t wait to get there again under NORMAL circumstances.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just so easy to book and staff were attentive. Lots of servers too. Food lovely (we had pigs & chips!) plus some lovely draft cider and cocktails. Fab experience with great friends thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Overall happy with the experience! The only two things for me to point out would be the lamb was burnt/dry and staff were arguing which was slightly unprofessional.

BM
BrittaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately it was very cold when we went and only a few tables had heaters but it was still a very nice atmosphere and the food was outstanding. Also recommend the cocktails!

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Clair
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside on a cold evening we were certainly warm enough, comfortable and felt covid safe. The food was excellent, all four of us really enjoyed our meals and the service couldn’t be faulted. Very friendly and helpful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food simple but well-prepared street food. With great flavours, complimented by a fantastic wine list and a good selection of beers.

EB
EmeraldB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Nice alfresco set up. The food was great and good selection of drinks.
Service let it down despite the amount of staff on duty.

Would definitely return

SH
SteveH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb atmosphere, food, service and outside area. Felt very safe. Thanks, will be back again soon!

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Melissa
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere! Friendly staff and nice drinks. Burger was great.

MA
MARIAM
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch but it was actually just a blackboard menu. The choices were very good and the food just fabulous although the starters arrived with the mains and one steak was over cooked. This was well handled and did not spoil our afternoon. Staff were lovely and friendly. We will definitely be back!

RJ
RJR24
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great pub, fab to have somewhere cool to go with friends in Knaresborough. The weekend special drink 'Beer Colada' was delicious and so creative. The renovation of the patio is fantastic - loads of tables, great vibes, great views across the valley.
Food-wise, loved the tempura broccoli. The ox cheek burger could have done with some sauce - the meat was lovely and tender, but overall it was too dry a mouthful. £12 was also a bit expensive for not a huge amount of food. Wish I'd gone with the butternut squash veggie burger my friend had.
Overall a great pub that I hope to go back to whenever I can manage to get a booking!

GJ
GemmaJ
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food, great service, and lovely atmosphere. Would recommend.

LD
LauraD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first outing to a restaurant/pub since lockdown began lifting. So was very excited.

We found the staff 50/50 ...the female server was amazing- friendly, considerate, informative and apologetic for our wait.... the male server, barely spoke, mumbled when he did and wasn’t great.

The drinks were lovely, pricey but nice for a treat. We did have to wait longer than we would have liked for the drinks but it was a busy Saturday night so we didn’t think too much about it.

The food was nice, well cooked and different flavours and tastes.

We were a little disappointed at being seated next to a fairly rowdy couple of tables of ‘younger occupants’ who were a little disruptive- but not the Bears fault.

The music was ACE, the ambience was nice.... I anticipated they’re might be heaters but where we were sat there wasn’t. Again not the Bears fault- I should have checked.

We would both love to come back again for the food, maybe during the day when it’s not as busy or loud x

SO
SOYork
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and have visited several times. Not a chain. Cook over coals. Great ambience, staff, food and super wine list where lots available by the glass. We are going to book again for May 16 with friends. Highly recommend.

RB
RuthB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, friendly and efficient staff, food delicious, really enjoyed our afternoon

JP
JanetP
Dubai
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

The spacing between the tables were not to covid guidelines. People squeezing between seats bashing your back as they passed. People when dining finished were directed to finish drinking by edge standing up. Msde it quite crowded
Food good although at 645pm had run out of things so not perfect for my gluten free daughter.

AN
AlysonN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Didn’t like the fact that you were eating and the table next to you were smoking, otherwise it would have got full marks

FAQs

The Bear at Carriages is rated 4.5 stars by 257 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 reservations at the moment.