Monday, 14 July 2008

The One Eyed Rat



Ripon, for those who like this kind of information, is the fourth smallest city in England. The One Eyed Rat is in Ripon. It is a very decent pub that does no food, but does do excellent beer. Although in North Yorkshire, here the vowels of the locals take on a distinctly West Yorkshire sound. Unsurprising as it was part of the West Riding until 1974.

The landlady was chatty and welcoming, a feature we noticed throughout Yorkshire and the North East and one which could do with being copied elsewhere. She happily provided us with directions to the butty shop and said we were free to bring a sandwich in. We supped Copper Dragon Golden Pippin which was hoppy and satisfying.

On the wall right in front of the bar was a sign which amused us greatly. It is pictured above. Click on it to read it properly.

7 comments:

a swift one... said...

Good to hear the Rat is still a great pub - that notice is brilliant! Why not spare the time to enjoy more welcoming Yorkshire folk at the War of the Roses fest this weekend in Dewsbury.

John Bowman said...

Reminds me of a sign in the Three Stags Heads in Wardlow Mires, Derbyshire: "Warning!! Please don't ask for draught lager as a slap in the gob often offends".
Great, if wildly idiosyncratic pub, the only place I've seen a goshawk in the bar.

Tandleman said...

Alas Dewsbury is off my radar this weekend. Other fish to fry.

YCC - Dubbel said...

Fantastic sign - every pub should have one!

Paul Garrard said...

Yes, brilliant sign. Trouble is those that think nitro-keg is okay either wouldn't read or understand it.

Leigh said...

wonderful stuff! has us all secretly chuckling into our (proper) pint!

Stonch said...

Hmmm. Makes me think the landlord's a bit of tosser.