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Visiting The Micropubs of Skipton

There are many pubs in Skipton, but there are technically only two micropubs. A micropub is a small pub serving beer made in a microbrewery. Below you can see a guest post from my dad, highlighting his thoughts on Skipton’s micropubs; Early Doors & The Beer Engine. 

“Life aint all beer and skittles, and more’s the pity” – George du Maurier

One man, his daughter, and a small fluffy long-eared dog visit the micropubs of Skipton.

Visiting only two pubs could hardly be described as a pub crawl, more of a pub amble. None of the three of us had been to either of these pubs before, but after looking them up, we were expecting small, independent, dog-friendly pubs selling good beer – and we were not disappointed.

Early Doors Micropub

Our first destination was Early Doors, a small pub which is situated on New Market Street in Skipton. We guessed that it is called Early Doors because it shuts early; 8pm Tuesday to Saturday and 6pm on Sundays.

early doors pub

Upon entering, we got a warm reception from the locals at the bar, who all seemed to like the dog.

 dog in pub

The pub is small and has beer from various microbreweries. I tried a pint of Doghouse UPA which was quite light and hoppy and easy to drink. Looking at the beer everyone else was drinking, all of it looked well kept and was being consumed with enjoyment by the other customers.

early doors beers

The pub has no tv, or music, just the ebb and flow of conversation. The bar staff know their stuff, and obviously, have a good relationship with all their regular customers.

There are some bottles of spirits behind the bar, and some wine, but really this is a beer pub. It reminded me of how pubs used to be before many of them became more like restaurants than pubs and started playing loud music all the time, whether the customers want it or not.

All in all, I very much liked this pub, it’s the sort of place where you could drop in for a drink after work or go to read the paper and have a quiet pint.

Moving on from Early Doors, we enjoyed a stroll through the middle of Skipton in the direction of the canal, to check out the second micropub.

skipton canal

The Beer Engine Micropub

the beer engine skipton

This is also quite a small pub, and like Early Doors, it has no music or TV. It has a slightly trendier & more modern feel to it, and has been quite tastefully decorated inside; there is a bookcase full of Real Ale Guides and books on brewing and that sort of thing.

dog friendly micropub skipton

They are a very dog-friendly pub, and upon arrival, Fifi the dog happily accepted a dog biscuit, and a water bowl was provided. They have a good and reasonably large range of beers, including a line in Belgian beer, some of which seems to be served with matching glasses, as it always is in Belgium.

micropub skipton beers

I had a pint of Black Moor from the Goose Eye Brewery. It’s a dark beer, was quite light, but really delicious.

As far as I could see, neither of these pubs serve food, apart from crisps, pork scratchings, and the usual bar snacks, but there are plenty of places in Skipton to get something to eat for all tastes and budgets. Just across the road from the Beer Engine, is Skipton Pie and Mash Shop, which I have tried on several occasions and always found it to be consistently good.

If you want a visit to the pub, without being deafened by music, or watching sporting events you don’t necessarily want to see, then I’d recommend you give these places a go. The bar staff at both pubs were very helpful and friendly, and you can try small samples of the beer if you want to make your mind up as to what to drink.

Thank you to my Dad for sharing his thoughts on the micropubs of Skipton. If you’re looking for other interesting places to go in the area, have a look at my review of the Ilkley Cinema here

Salami & Co Review

Salami & Co.

10 Market Place, Otley,  LS21 3AQ

I visited Salami & Co. in July, it was a bright sunny day and the lovely town of Otley in West Yorkshire was busy as it was the day of the annual Otley Food and Drink Festival. The market place was closed to traffic and the traders were setting up their stalls and beginning to sell food of all descriptions to the early morning crowd. Having heard great things about Salami & Co. I was pleased to finally get a chance to visit! It is, in fact, a dog-friendly coffee house and not as its name may suggest, a delicatessen. It is called Salami & Co as Salami is the name of one of the owner’s dachshunds.

salami&co

I visited with my parents, and their dog, Dolly the Greyhound and Fifi my Romanian Rescue dog. Fifi is small enough to not cause much of a ruckus when we go to cafes, but Dolly with her long limbs and lack of understanding of the word ‘sit’ is a bit more difficult, and if you take her to a small cafe then everyone has to climb over her when she sprawls out all over the floor. So taking both of these dogs out somewhere is a real test of whether a place really is dog-friendly, and I’m pleased to say that Salami & Co. certainly is.

dining dogs

The place has a relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff and is easy to find being on the Main Street. The tables are quite high, perhaps intentionally so that your four-legged friends can lie comfortably underneath, which Dolly and Fifi both did for a brief moment! There are dog bowls, blankets and mats provided, and there is also a variety of drinks and treats which look good enough for human consumption!

hound menu  dog treats

The food that was being brought out to the other customers looked good and was well presented (very instagrammable!) and portion sizes seemed about right. There is an excellent selection of good quality coffee, which, by around ten on a Sunday morning is always a welcome sight!

salami&co coffee

For my breakfast order, I predictably chose the smashed avocado with a poached egg on sourdough, with feta cheese, roasted red peppers and chilli. It was absolutely delicious and sustained me throughout the rest of the day. I loved the little flower on top – it’s attention to detail like that which really makes a place special. You can tell that the husband and wife team running this operation really care about making their customers happy.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this crockery is!

smashed avocado toast

The service was fairly fast as it was quite early and the place just had a few customers but I imagine it could get busy at peak times. The prices are what you might expect from a trendy coffee-house, a little on the expensive side, however, the food is all good quality and most definitely worth it. If you own a dog, or just like dogs, this is certainly the place for you! Some places just claim to be dog-friendly, but Salami & Co. really is, and they cater to every need your dog could have! If you feel like treating your dog to even more than just a Puppuccino, then they have a whole variety of lovely collars and leads in the little shop area near the front door.

dog-shop   dog things

Enlivened by our coffee we gathered up the dogs and left the delights of Salami & Co to head to Wetherby Racecourse so Dolly could hang out with her pals at the Northern Greyhound Gathering, a review of which can be read here.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find out about our day at the Yorkshire Coast here.

Northern Greyhound Gathering July 2017

After a delicious brunch in Otley we wended our way over to the Northern Greyhound Gathering at Wetherby Racecourse. It was a bright and sunny day, the car parking was easy and entry was free.
The basic layout was a large field with a ring in the middle for the dog judging competitions and a half circle of stalls running around it with every type of greyhound accessory anyone could wish for plus food, dog care and advice as to owning a greyhound.

northern greyhound gathering

There was a lady there clipping claws, and also, sausage bobbing for dogs. A great many dogs, mainly greyhounds of innumerable sizes and markings and their owners turned up. Throughout the day we saw plenty of dogs wandering around enjoying Frozzys from Stephs Pet Pantry.

rescue dogs

The greyhound competitions are light-hearted and mainly for fun and to raise money for the greyhound charity, not at all like Crufts.
Basically, if you own a greyhound this is a good place to meet other owners and generally have a good time and if you are thinking of adopting a dog you can meet the people who run the greyhound charities and find out more about how to go about it. There were even some greyhounds there who were waiting to be adopted!

greyhound classes
There are good toilet facilities on site and a refreshment room, you can bring your own picnic, folding chairs, table, etc as you wish.
A well organised day out in aid of a very good cause..

Here are the classes from the day;

Greyhound Only:

1. Most Handsome Lad

2. Prettiest Princess

3. Best Black Boy – male greyhounds

4. Best Black Girl – female greyhounds

5. Golden Oldie Greyhound – 8 years+

6. Best Greyhound Homed from West Yorkshire Retired Greyhound Trust

7. Best in Show

Any breed of dog:

8. Best Tweeter – #HoundsOfTwitter only

9. Best Lad

10. Best Princess

11. Best Young Handler – 14 years and under

12. Best Booty – for those who are camera-shy!

13. Best in Fancy Dress

As you can see, they have classes open to every breed of dog towards the end, so you don’t have to worry if you want to bring a non-greyhound you’ll still be welcomed! Fifi and greyhound Dolly very much enjoyed their day out, and are looking forward to next year’s event! Fifi got a beautiful new collar from Pink Fluffy Kitty Pet Boutique which she loves!

dog collar

If you are thinking of adopting a dog, always choose a rescue dog! Dolly the greyhound is from a greyhound rescue centre, and Fifi is a Romanian rescue dog.

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11 Things That Happen When You Become a Dog-Owner

Since adopting my little Romanian rescue dog, my life has changed greatly, and if you’re thinking of getting a dog, here’s a glimpse into what the future could hold for you! And if you are trying to decide between adopting or buying from a breeder, choose adoption!

  1. You quickly learn the name of every dog living in a 10-mile radius of you.Staffie on Ilkley Moor
  2. You’ll swap your handbag for a rucksack because you suddenly need to always have leads, harness, blanket, treats, poo bags, dog coat and human coat on you at all time!
    greyhound in coat
  3. When anyone suggests going anywhere your first thought is always ‘is it dog friendly?… can my dog come’?
    dog in blanket
  4. You stop buying yourself anything, and all the time you used to spend online shopping is now spent hanging out in Pets at Home or browsing online dog accessory shops.
    dog in passenger seat
  5. Whenever anyone asks what you want for your birthday or Christmas you instantly ask for things for the dog.
    christmas dog
  6. You stop meeting up with friends in bars and instead ask them to join you on a dog walk.
    dogs on leads
  7. When you’re not with them you wish you could text them to see how they are.
    cute sleeping dog
  8. You spend more time arranging play dates for them than you do arranging your own social calendar.
    dog friends
  9.  When you go on holiday without them you spend your whole time away asking whoever is looking after them how they are, and every time you pass a dog you have to stroke it and think about how much you wish your dog was there. If you can’t bear to leave your dog-child behind then you can find information about travelling with your dog here! 🙂
    suitcase dog
  10. If someone doesn’t like your dog then you know you’ll never be friends. But if someone is nice to your dog you’ll love them forever!
    sleeping like dog
  11. When your dog is happy, you are happy! ?❤️
    Fifi GIF

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list! If you want more cute dog pictures, check out my review of Otley’s wonderful dog-friendly cafe!