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“Very dark and querky” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hales Bar

Hales Bar
Ranked #34 of 433 Restaurants in Harrogate
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$19
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The oldest pub in Harrogate with Victorian gas lighting & artifacts. Our small menu is all home made & locally sourced. A private function room available for private hire. Please remember we are a very busy pub not a restaurant therefore service times are dependent on levels of trade.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very dark and querky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Stopped by for a drink and received a lovely warm welcome. The gas lighting was brilliant. Great selection of beer and ales etc. We had lunch here. Nice food and served quickly.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Cheryl B
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AMANDA W, Owner at Hales Bar, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Hales Bar & so glad you enjoyed your visit :)
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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343 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Uniquely placed and a one-off pub...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

..right in the middle of the town. Years ago it had little curtained booths, gas lights and gas lighters. The atmos has not changed much, and the clientèle is very mixed. LGBT friendly. Nice range of real ales. Really worth a visit. Messy WiFi arrangements which seem to be in transition?

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard L
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AMANDA W, Owner at Hales Bar, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Glad you enjoyed your visit to Hales Bar, apologies for any WIFI problems you may have experienced, this isn't usually an issue :( hope to see you again very soon, regards Amanda
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England
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3 reviews
“Warmly Welcomed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We are an elderly couple who enjoy live music. We felt very welcome in this Sunday night music venue. We enjoyed the gas lighting it gave an interesting ambiance and with the music I felt I could have been in New Orleans. It certainly made me realise Harrogate is not just afternoon teas. Unfortunately we did not eat here but on our next visit we certainly will.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
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Thank Maureen B
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AMANDA W, Owner at Hales Bar, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely comments & taking the time to review your visit. We look forward to your return :)
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Scotland
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Had read good reviews but very disappointing. The bar staff spend too much time chatting and drinking. We decided to try it for some pub food but walked out after waiting without being served. Will not be back

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lulu49Scotland
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AMANDA W, Owner at Hales Bar, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Many thanks for your review, I'm also disappointed you didn't enjoy your visit. Staff are not permitted to drink on duty & there is never more than 2 working other than weekend evenings so I find this an odd comment. I'd be very grateful if you could be more specific about the day & time so I can look into this further with my cctv. We pride ourselves on excellent service & this is highlighted in other reviews as you pointed out. I can only apologise for your experience & that my team didn't deliver. Kind regards
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Quick Pint”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

What a strange little bar this is. Very dark and a strong smell of gas from the open flames on the bar. Seems to be quite popular, but we'd missed the evening of live music the night before.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AliMac1169
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AMANDA W, Owner at Hales Bar, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Thank you for your comments, I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit. As the oldest pub in Harrogate with gas lighting & bar cigar lighters, the lounge bar doesn't have any natural light but creates a warm cosy feel with lots of charm. Hope you will visit again soon :)
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