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Children - we are child friendly, but ask that children leave the premises by 7pm please and are seated and supervised at all times.


Dogs - we love dogs and are happy for them to accompany you in the bar, however, unless you have a seat and they are the size which can fit in a handbag, we don't allow dogs during busy periods or when we have live music on. We wouldn't want tiny paws trampled on!

Drinks - No we don't sell Carlsberg or Carling! We like to offer something a little different and give our customers new taste sensations. Where possible we always support small, independent breweries and companies and always use fresh ingredients for our cocktails. We currently have 8 craft keg and four real ales, most rotate, however do have North Sputnik and Pils and Lorelei Lager as permanent lines.

Music - currently we have live music every Sunday at around 6.30pm and during the warmer months outside in our garden/courtyard. From January, live music will mainly take place in our Live Lounge, with a mixture of free, small entrance charge and ticketed events available. We love music, and even when live music isn't on, you can always guarantee great music to be playing on our playlist.

Food - we don't currently offer food, but are happy for you to grab a pizza or similar and eat it outside in our covered and heated garden area. Just be sure to dispose of your rubbish please in the public bin on the car park.

Wifi - sorry, we don't generally give out our wifi password, we want people to be social!


Travel Links - we are 5 minutes walk away from both the train and bus stations, (direct from Leeds and Bradford) and are situated adjacent to two town centre car parks which are free after 6pm. If you have a campervan, then you can stay on the car park for a fiver a night, and literally be 1 min walk away from your bed. 

Local Area -Skipton is a fabulous town to visit and is also the gateway to the gorgeous Dales. Immense history, a rich culture, independent shops, food and drink places galore, stunning countryside, and perhaps, best of all, friendly, welcoming, proud and passionate Yorkshire folk!

Venue (For artists)- The 'Big Mess' is a 120 person capacity (standing) venue. Some gigs with seating are smaller capacity.  The stage is approx 4.5m x 3m with green room leading onto the stage. There is a full lighting rig and PA system which is as follows;

  • 2 x EV Monitors

  • 2 x 18 inch Bass Subs - EV ETX 18sp

  • 2 x 15 inch 3 way speakers tops - EV ETX 35P

  • Behringer X32 Digital mixer

  • Shure Microphones inc Beta 58 for lead vocalists

  • DI boxes, leads, mic stands

  • Haze machine

  • Full controllable via iPad lighting gig

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Further Info

A deposit of £500 pounds is required to secure your booking. Any booking is provisional until the deposit is received.

Minimum spend/charge applies for private hire. Please enquire for further details .
Lowest charge/minimum spend Monday - Thursday, highest charge Friday & Saturday night.
As a guide, to hire 'The Big Mess' from 8pm - 12 midnight at the weekend, the minimum bar spend is approx £1500. (Seasonal variations apply).

We do not currently provide catering but are happy for outside catering to be brought in for your event.

Should you wish to have music or entertainment, we can recommend and advise if required.

Please feel free to drop us a line at


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