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 Gardeners Arms , Harrogate


Gardeners Arms
Bilton La
North Yorkshire

Tel: 01423 506051
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Sharon Donaldson
Visited today, during walk. Very friendly, lovely old pub. Heard it was closing in two weeks. Huge shame. A pub you can sit in next to an open fire and talk and be heard without the music in the background, a rare thing these days. Brewery should think again about closing it.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Rating: rosettes

Andrew Pearson
Andy walking by
Called in for a pint and bitter lemon (2.82) on a walk in area on 31/7/15. Appalled by letter on display in the bar from the brewery (dated 27/7/15) chastising the landlord for sales down 12% because the pub is attracting the wrong sort of people - implying a lot of regulars are low life. A letter like this is a disgrace. The brewery people should hang their heads in shame.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Rating: rosettes

I think you have that wrong about previous manager he only been on hoilday sorry to disappoint you
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Rating: rosettes

Peter Hedley
Change in management
I do believe the bald dwarf has gone now!! 1 rosette for the cleanliness of the fire!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Rating: rosettes

Friendly pub
This is a brillant pub very friendly locals and landlords visited here quite a few times and always the same friendly faces will call again as the beer is cheap
Friday, November 2, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Brillant pub
Visited here again and i still find it very friendly and that is not just the requlars but the landlords aswell dont what the other reviews mean they are always friendly with me and its cheap beer certainly will call again when in area
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Rude Landlord
Hi Kate, Some people have sent complaints to the Managing Director at Sam Smiths, Tadcaster - they record the complaints and if they get enough, he'll be gone. Regards, Jon
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Kate Wake
Gardeners arms
Hi does anyone know the name of the landlord of the Gardeners Arms as I wish to Complain about his rudeness
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

I drink there regularly-the landlord is fine.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Sam Smiths don't care...
The landlord's a muppet and everyone knows it, but the brewery are not interested. The pub ticks over no matter what stands behind the bar, people go here because the beer's cheap. The current tenants here are ignorant, and that's that.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

Jennifer and John
Rude & aggressive landlord
What's the matter with this man ? I ordered 4 drinks and asked for 2 bags of crisps, and because I changed my mind on the flavour of 1 bag, he nearly bit my head off - a very rude man, awful manners ! Why is he in this job ? The beer was sour too, but didn't bother complaining :o(
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

Jess from Grassington
Have to agree with the other comments.
The Beer tasted funny and The Landlord really should not be in a job that envolves contact with the public.
A very rude man.
Wont be going back.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

Real Ale Drinker
Miserable Welcome, Bad Beer
Went in for a few pints on a warm night. Unwelcoming atmosphere, poor quality beer, not an enjoyable experience at all.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

Jennifer & Tony
Miserable Landlord
The bald man behind the bar was so miserable and sour faced, I thought he must be a part-timer who wasn't happy with his job. When someone said he was the landlord, I was gobsmacked. I see he's got quite a few complaints, and I'm not surprised!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Rating: rosettes

micheal ?
Surely a genuine poster could spell his own name ? This looks like the work of a desperate and illiterate (I know he is) landlord trying to preserve his good name. Absolutely pathetic. How about a proper, customer focussed landlord Sam Smiths ?, get the existing pillock out please. 1 rosette for the beer !
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Rating: rosettes

i dont know why they are bad reviews about this pub its the most friendliest helpful landlords and staff visited here today will certainly visit again and stay longer and have ameal
Monday, April 16, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Monday, April 16, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

what a brillant pub the managers and staff are very friendly. perfect pint and food local are friendly too stayed at the campsite up the road
Monday, April 16, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Debbie H
Very poor manners
We headed to the gardener's for a few drinks with the kids. My husband was holding our 2 year old daughter in the doorway, when this ignorant man behind the bar barked 'no children at the bar !', no please, no thank you, he didn't even look at us ! We felt most unwelcome and embarrassed; everyone else looked uncomfortable too. When he finally served me, he was busy chatting to one of the regulars stood behind me, again, no please or thank you... how rude is that ! :o(
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Jon Bishop
Unfriendly landlord and staff
A really nice pub and a great pint of Sam Smiths, spoilt by an unfriendly and arrogant landlord. The guy seems to despise his customers, and never says thank you when you hand your money over the bar. An utter weirdo who seems to groom his staff to behave in the same absurd manner. If you have a thick skin, drink the beer - Sam Smith's is a nice pint. If you like a friendly atmosphere, go elsewhere.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Martin Peters
Nice place
This pub is an earthly paradise and there's a time travelling portal in the Gents toilets that enables you to visit your future self and buy him a pint and a pack of prok scratchings. I also love the collection of mythical creatures that live in the car park and come out at night to nibble your earlobes.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Rating: rosettes

This is s great pub and the management are great too they do a lot for charity and make sure there customers are happy he keeps a excellant pint I have visited here quite alot and will certainly carrying on going in its just a same that the ones that have chosen to stop going in have just cut of there nose to speight there face as its the cheapest pub in harrogate come on folks dont be stupid they are lovely people and the locals are freindly too.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Rating: rosettes

what a load of nonsense to the report made on the 6 jan. the couple who run it are brillant freindly happy and they do a lot for there customers and they do what they get told to do by there boss
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Rating: rosettes

get them out
Brilliant local pub,know all the locals. we frequent the place 3 times a week on average, beautiful surroundings,witty banter, always made to feel at home.........................by the patrons + the general public passing by for a nice cheap pint in pleasant surroundings. But sweet jesus (+ im no means religious) the management are the most miserable pair, who leave a bitter after taste to the thirtiest of customer.
Considering how hard it is these days for publicans to get enough custom + how many public houses shut down every week this couple should be laughing (that'd be the day). Their intent and purpose is to make your pint an uncomfortable one.
I could go on and on but I'll leave that to the next aggrieved customer who innocently drops in for a pleasant pint in a pleasant establishment.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Spodo Komodo
best pub called The Gardners Arms in Old Bilton!
What a great pub, with cheerfull locals and a jolly old landlord with beautiful facial hair. We only went in for a couple of pints but in the 45 minutes we were there all my hair grew back, my beer gut vanihsed and for an encore the landlord turned my wife into a newt! Would definitely go back!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Rating: rosettes

a local
a friend
what a load of nonsense about the landlords from the review on 2nd nov I showed it to them and they know richard as he got himself barred awhile ago for mouthing off and kicking off so I guess he trying to get revenge I am
a local and will always support this pub
Friday, November 11, 2011
Rating: rosettes

went in the other day made very welcome by landlords and \the locals beer is cheap and food good aswell will certainly call again
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Very Rude
Suprised by the good reviews but they sometimes have a nice lady working there part time otherwise they are the most obnoxious Landlords ever , They speak to you dirt . I am a local and there are many who have stopped going in now including myself.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

A camper
visited here today what a lovely welcome and very friendly locals had a great pint landlord keeps it well looked after will certainly visit again
Monday, May 9, 2011
Rating: rosettes

A camper
visited here today what a lovely welcome and very friendly locals had a great pint landlord keeps it well looked after will certainly visit again
Monday, May 9, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Mystery shopper
Dreadful landlord
Visited this place whilst staying at local campsite, Pleasant enough location but oh what a dreadful welcome. Miserable landlord and unfreindly atmosphere. Really annoying when locals queue jump at the bar - with the blessing of the landlord!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

m. sherwood
visited here again on sunday a brillant sunny day had lunch and some cheap beer in which the landlord keeps it perfectly and very friendly
Monday, April 11, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Fantastic location - the only good thing to say!
After a lovely sunday morning walk we expected to get a warm welcome at the Gardeners Arms and stay for Sunday lunch. Just ordering the drinks was an unpleasant experience and the menu was poor. Despite it being close to home we certainly won't go back or recommend it to anyone else. The staff need to learn manners and hospitality. The only good thing about the place is the location.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Shame about the landlord
This could be a really nice pub - if they changed the landlord. What a grumpy sod.
Has a great beer garden so it's somewhere you can take dogs. The beers cheap too.
They could make a killing if they put on bbqs in the Summer, but seems they would prefer to keep this place just for 'local' people.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Visited for the first time last night, greeted with a warm welcome, great real fires and the beer was good too.

Thanks for a good evening.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Rating: rosettes

this is a loveley pub\dont know what the 29 walkers are on about nobody can eat there own food on the premises when they serve food its not a picnic area but a beer garden and its like me asking if i can go to a resturant and bring my own food and eat it there oh what a cheek good luck at the marquis of granby in knaresbrougas they dont serve food at all
Friday, March 4, 2011
Rating: rosettes

m. sherwood
visited today 4thmarch 2011 four of us had a meal food was brillant and the drink dont know what people on a about very friendly people we going again\at end of march 20 of us
Friday, March 4, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Don't bother
Just tried to go here for lunch with my family. We ordered drinks while choosing what to eat and decided to go elsewhere after being treated awfully by the guy behind the bar. When answering our questoins he was very short and sharp. I asked for an apple juice for my little girl and was given a fizzy apple drink. When I said I wanted apple juice that wasn't fizzy he banged the glass on the counter and said yeah, that's what you've got. Apple juice! A very aggressive man who doesn't seem to be interested in entertaining families at all.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

alan elvidge
Walkers, give it a miss.
29 of us, walkers, called by on Tuesday. We asked if we could eat our sandwiches outside (in the totally empty picnic area) prior to ALL going in for a drink. Everyone ALWAYS buys a drink, some more than one. After initially being given the ok, we were very shortly hustled out of the picnic area by our not so genial host. Apparently 'outside' meant 'outside the premises'. No problem, we went. They must be making a lot of money in this pub to turn away 29 customers on a February Tuesday. The Marquis of Granby in Knaresborough was very welcoming.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Joan Winter
Nice pub - shame about food
Having visited this lovely traditional pub a number of years ago when the beer garden was full of people enjoying lovely lunches, was surprised to see the lack of people eating. I realised why after ordering what I can only describe as the worst freezer to microwave meal I have had the pleasure of paying 5.95 for! Locals are blaming this elusive 'area manager'. What a shame as this pub has so much potential, doesn't he realise that people who buy meals also buy drinks. A great place to call in for a drink but please avoid the menu.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Rating: rosettes

My grandparents used to run the Gardeners Arms when I was little and all the memories I have of that place are fantastic. I remember sitting in the snug (opposite the bar) with a glass of coke while my grandad talked and chatted with drinkers. In the kitchen my Nana prepared and served food and when I was a little older I used to help her serve food to tables with my brother. The large open fire is the best feature I can recall with iron horseshoues etc surrounding it where we used to warm up after a day in the rain. I've read some of the comments made of The Gardeners Arms but I wont take any of it as to me it is still the warm place where the locals were welcoming and the staff knew how to make you feel welcome.
The pub also featured in an episode of Emmerdale where my Nana served 'Cain' pint, so technically its famous!
All in all, I don't know what the Gardeners is like today but it once was the heart of the local community. If anybody remembers Gren and Barbra (my grandparents) then you'll know what I mean.

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Rating: rosettes

F Thomson
Very friendly, good beer
gardeners arms is a very friendly place serves good beer and not bad food and the prices are amazing
Friday, March 5, 2010
Rating: rosettes

three blokes on bikes
The gents & I are riding down tonight to see what all the fuss is about.. As the Gardeners is smack in the middle of dedicated cycle routes around/thro Hgte, they could do good business if only they approach it right...watch this space for update..
Friday, July 24, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Eileen Buckley-Knowles
Area manager daftness
The Gardeners is and has always been a lovely pub. I was shocked to hear that the overbearing area manager is planning to throw his weight round and be nasty. Doesn't the twit realise this is a country pub, not a town beer boutique with no soul; it is a treasured community venue, an historic building, known and loved by many from inside and well outside Harrogate.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Loyal customer
What a beautiful pub, went visited a few times when a lovely young couple was there but unfortunately they have left, gutted!! It's amazing how quick it turns back into a shit hole! Especially when they chucked out of the idiots! Come back pleaseeeee
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

Mrs Tummy Ache
What a dump. The food even worse. I dread to think how longit has been since the fat was changed in the fryer. our sandwiches didn't have any butter on and the bread was hard. AND we went for the safe option! The vinegar bottle was like something out of a horror film. It was gross.

It's such a shame as the beer garden lovely to sit in, but the whole place is manky.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

Great little(bars only six feet long) pub. Nice little rooms with coal fires. Nice beer garden in the countryside and well kept Sam Smiths beer at 1.28 a pint (jan 07).
Shame the landlords only seem to stay for a short time
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Rating: rosettes

Mr Angry.
A sorry state of affairs
One of the finest real pubs in the North and a local secret. Excellent Sam Smiths beer, but unfortunately for years now the managers have not been supported by the regional manager F O'B and its high time the brewery did something.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Good Pub, the worlds worst area manager
The problem with the Gardeners Arms is the Area Manager. The Gardeners can't keep a Landlord because Mr F. O'B is so unpleasant and unrealistic to work for. He ruins what is otherwise an excellent Pub!
Monday, May 9, 2005
Rating: rosettes

As below.
Very unfriendly management.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

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