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“Not good food shocking” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Union

The Union
Ranked #39 of 74 Restaurants in Knaresborough
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Traditional English pub
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Not good food shocking”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

Thought we would return to the union after seeing it re open steak tasted off chicken was tasteless beer is ok but nothing special defo not going back what a shame

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank zena z
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  • English first
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English first
Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrible service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

ordered 7.10pm - lady (new owner) ran the bar and was waitressing too. Instead of chips I asked for a baked potato but she did not think it was possible due to brewery portions! and had to ask the chef. Said it was ok to have a baked potato, she came and apologised after 50 minutes for the delay but they had loads of orders, there were only 6 people in front of us ! It came after an hour and chips on my plate ! they were overcooked and awful. Just felt they made us wait so we would order more drinks. She took NOTHING off the bill even though she knew we were not happy. It use to be run so well and it was a shambles.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Carol E
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Deddington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worst Ploughmans ever.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

We really wanted to like this pub as we live within walking distance. We went on a Saturday lunchtime. The menu was very basic and unimaginative. I ordered the ham and tomato sandwich and my husband went for the Cheese Ploughmans. We waited 25 minutes which seemed a long time seeing as there was no cooking involved. My sandwich was average but the Ploughmans was terrible. The cheese was tasteless and rubbery, the edges of the lettuce leaves were brown and the tiny bowl of pickle was totally smooth and clearly had come straight out of a squeezy plastic bottle. The menu had mentioned apple, but there was none on the plate. The bread was the only edible and decent bit of the meal. For £7.95 and virtually no preparation required, it should have included a good mature cheddar and some decent home made chutney. When the male staff member came to clear our plates, he did not ask us if we enjoyed our meal, in fact he didn't say a word. We shall not be bothering with The Union again.

Visited July 2013
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Going back to the Union”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

This was the first time we have been to the Union since Paul left. We thought we should give it a try and see how it was fairing. It was 1pm on Friday lunch time and the place was empty and didn't even look as if food was available apart from the 2 for £10 sign outside, no menu's or settings on tables. Apart from a few drinking in the tap room and one couple eating lunch outside, my husband ask for a menu and was given a 2 for £10 also the main menu on looking over both we decided not to bother and walked out. Why oh why do Marston brewery think their plastic food is as good as Paul's Mum's home cooking. These brewery's should think hard before being so greedy as to the profit they collect from a successful country pub, sorry Marston's you like many brewer's will be having another unprofitable Public House closing down for good..

Visited July 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding Sunday Lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

This was my third visit to The Union at Calcutt, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. The Union is a Marston’s pub, located in the centre of the village of Calcutt, adjoining Knaresborough and close to Harrogate (on the eastern side). It is a "Cask Marque" pub and is featured in the Good Beer Guide 2012. The pub proclaims itself to be “a traditional village inn focusing on real ale and home cooked food”, and this it certainly achieves. There is car parking and wheelchair access. Dogs are allowed in the bar area.

The pub has a traditional bar area, (with open fire and dartboard), serving a changing selection of excellent cask-conditioned “real ales”. There is also a larger lounge / dining area, pleasant beer garden, and decked, (part covered), terrace area, all of which spectacularly overlook Knaresborough Forest Cricket Club, the Nidd Gorge, and Knaresborough Crag beyond. Altogether, it is a most delightful setting.

The food is very much “home cooked” in style, like your Mum would make, but rather more of it! Sunday lunch is unquestionably as good as you will get anywhere in the Harrogate area, and comes in vast quantity! It is, quite simply, superb and stunning value for money. Nice touches too, like condiments in little ramekins, (with the appropriate number of spoons!), rather than a central basket full of plastic sachets!

This is NOT a “gastro-pub”. It is a perfect example of why we want to eat first-class English “pub grub” in homely surroundings, prepared with honesty, and served with care and attention to detail. It ticks all the boxes in my book.

But here’s the rub …. Superb Roast Beef Sunday Lunch, for two, more than most can eat, and WITH DRINKS ….. just over £19.00!!, IN TOTAL!! Outstanding!

In short, a thoroughly recommended traditional pub, serving quality real ales and quality real food in beautiful surroundings. 10 / 10. What more do you want?

  • Visited May 2012
    • 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
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2 Thank ibex022
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