It is with great sadness we have called last orders in all our pubs for the time being to support the fight against COVID-19. But don’t worry, we are busy working on opening our doors again with the safety of our teams and customers as our number one priority. While we continue to follow government guidelines, we’re getting excited for the day we can meet again and raise a glass in the pub.
Until then, stay safe, and don’t forget us!
The Smiths Arms
OUR VIRTUAL PUB IS OPEN!
While our pubs are closed, we’ve decided to open a virtual pub, The Lock Inn. We know many of our customers are feeling cut-off from their friends and for some a visit to the pub is the only social contact they will have in a day. The Lock Inn aims to help tackle loneliness and isolation by offering activities and entertainment to encourage interaction. We’re starting with a WEEKLY INTERACTIVE QUIZ on Wednesdays at 6pm and ROCK AND ROLL BINGO every Friday at the same time, with more events and community support activities planned over the coming weeks.
In the tiny hamlet of Beckwithshaw on the old turnpike road from Otley stands a handsome 18th century inn of honey-coloured sandstone, The Smiths Arms. This pub has been at the heart of the Beckwithshaw community for hundreds of years. The pub’s name derives from the terms of the original tenancy agreement - the landlord was a blacksmith who also had a duty to serve food and drink to the local community and travellers. Until the ‘National School’ was built in 1865, the pub’s upper room was also used as a schoolroom – evidence of this can be seen on the imprint of the external steps the children used to climb to get to class. Once a working blacksmith's forge, this North Yorkshire village inn is bounded by ancient Haverah Park to the west, with its tranquil reservoirs and wooded valleys, while to the east lie the botanical splendours of the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr and the tree-lined boulevards of the genteel Georgian spa town of Harrogate. Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside, The Smiths Arms is a charming country pub with a secluded beer garden that captures the sunshine, and warm, welcoming open fires to stave off the wintry weather. It's the ideal location for a relaxing pub lunch, with delicious seasonal specials, Sunday lunches, fine wines and cask ales. The Smiths Arms sits at the heart of the tiny hamlet of Beckwithshaw on the old turnpike road from Otley to Killinghall, an 18th century North Yorkshire inn of honey-coloured sandstone, one of the oldest buildings in the village. The pub’s name comes from the terms of its original tenancy: the landlord was also the village blacksmith and, along with a duty to keep the horses and equipment from nearby Moor Park manor in good condition, he also served the local community and travellers on the busy coach route.
We are closed
As of the 20 March we are closed. It is with great sadness we are calling last orders in all our pubs for the time being, given the escalation of the coronavirus crisis.
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