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At The Water Rat in Ripon, North Yorkshire, we are open Tuesday - Sunday from 11am- 11pm. Serving Food 12 - 2:30, 6 - 9:00 tuesday - Friday, 12- 3:00 & 6-9:00 Saturdays, 12 - 4:00 Sundays. Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a really nice Sunday lunch carvery last week with a lovely view of the weir & cathedral from our window table. Food was very good although lamb would have been a good option for Easter Sunday? The one criticism (and we are dog...lovers) is that dogs are allowed in the restaurant area which is unhygienic. We had one particularly large slobbering dog inches from our table!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

Booked this place to meet up with friends having traveled from Scotland. The service was great, waitress was happy, exuberant and fun. Didn’t have to wait long to order drinks or food. Menu is good pub grub. My partner had the sharing seafood platter, it...was amazing value for money, he ate the lot! I had beef cheek with mash and roast vegetables. Very tasty. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

The food is so good. All home made. We went there to celebrate a family event. The staff friendly and helpful. It’s well priced for the quality. We went on 15th Feb for a late lunch and we would like to thank all the staff...that served us that dayMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

We had a family lunch here today involving 3 cars arriving from different start points. We were early. We didn't know what name the table was booked under. Not a problem. We were made to feel really welcome. The rest of our party were delayed...so by the time we all arrived it was close to the kitchen closing. Again, not a problem. We didn't feel stressed at all. Lots of choice on the menu. We liked that there were so many fish dishes. We all really enjoyed our food. Overall we felt really welcomed. It's a shame we are not local or we'd be back really soon.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

The best pub in town, the staff are amazing friendly and attentive. The beer is always clean clear and tasty. The food, well thats on another level for pub dining. The sharing seafood board is unreal, the batter on the fish must be made with...magic we have never tasted anything like it, light crispy and fresh. And you couldnt get a better setting. Keep up the good work. XxMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024 via mobile

…Still the best place in town for me! X the staff are exceptionally good x and locals that know just how to behave….i hope this place stays a great as it always has been x jeC

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

My wife Googled for a nice looking pub on our way to Whitly Bay and picked this. She booked as we were driving and I'm so glad she did! The pub is lovely and in a really nice spot by the river (even though the...weather was absolutely freezing!) We were warmly greeted (sorry I didn't get her name) and had lovely service. The food though, was absolutely fantastic. There was a great selection of ales (and a fantastic choice of alcohol free too,) Both my starter and main course were made with locally sourced produce (pigeon breast with black pudding and a beef cheek with horseradish mash) and were so very tasty. Definitely recommend this place if you're in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Lovely food. The staff were really attentive and well presentated. The location is great, I look forward to visiting in summer

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

An evening visit with family for food and drinks. Excellent food great friendly staff especially Holly and Dan they made our visit memorable we highly recommend this venue

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

The landlord is very welcoming and knowledgeable about local ales, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. The atmosphere is homely, and the views are idyllic, making you feel welcome whatever the weather.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

Great find this with a window seat next to the river and a friendly warm atmosphere. Carvery food was excellent and the staff very attentive. Busy place too so you will need to book. Loved it

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

We visited The Water Rat as part of the new food tour run by Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours. A great location by the water, delicious food offerings and nice service and atmosphere. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 October 2023 via mobile

We stopped at The Water Rat for lunch on our way to North Yorkshire. When we arrived we weee advised there was a bit of a wait for food but we weren’t in a hurry so that was no problem. Had a wander round Ripon...and then back and straight to a table. Well worth the wait, the food and beer were excellent as were the views over the adjacent river which included spotting some Kingfishers darting about. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

I had a wonderful time at the Water Rat, a cosy pub by the river in Ripon. The Sunday carvery was fantastic, with tender and juicy meat, crispy roast potatoes, and a generous selection of vegetables. The gravy was rich and flavourful, and the Yorkshire...pudding was the best I’ve ever had. The beer was also excellent, with a variety of real ales to choose from. The landlord and landlady were very welcoming and friendly, and made us feel at home. The service was fast and efficient, and the atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant. The pub has a lovely view of the river, and a nice patio area for sunny days. I highly recommend the Water Rat for anyone looking for a great pub and restaurant by the river in Ripon. It’s a hidden gem that you won’t regret visiting.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

Had a lovely window seat and view of the water. Staff were very attentive and polite. Menu is limited but what we had was nice, nothing really special but not expensive either. Down side was the dogs, inconsiderate owners letting them wander around, very off...putting when served foodMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Yes, but it is restrictive during the day. Weekends and night the cars park on the main road that the pub is off!
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THE WATER RAT is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5