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Background

This taproom in Harrogate is one of the largest in the area and is increasingly popular.

Roosters Brewery Co. was launched in 1993, and it has pioneered the rising popularity of mew world beers with flavour and aroma. They have been able to make their beers stand out from the traditional real ale market successfully.

Since then, they have won countless awards at competitions both at home and oversees. Their ethos has always remained the same though- to consistently brew quality, easy-drinking and well-balanced beers in cask, keg and can. They are now famous for brewing pale ales but they also play around with other beer styles experimenting with different flavours and aromas- striving to make the next beer that will change the world among craft ale drinkers.

The venue is located a few miles south of Harrogate within an industrial estate of Hornbeam Business Park. Not far from the town and walking distance from the nearest train station. It is an impressive venue with plenty of seating space in the main hall, bar to the left as you come in and a spectacular view of Rooster’s brewery through a plate glass window. There are also more seating areas upstairs and a beer garden.

Why you should visit this brewery tap room in Harrogate

If you’re visiting Harrogate for the day or even the weekend then we definitely recommend calling this brewery taproom a visit.

Drink

The main reason for visiting Rooster Brewery’s tap room in Harrogate is of course the beer that they always have on tap. They have all different styles of beers in every category including cask and keg beers making it the ideal place for the real ale and craft beer drinkers- old and young- to get together for a laid-back session. As for the beer styles, they don’t just do pale ale, they also have stouts, porters, IPAs and even sours so there is something for all beer-lovers out there.

Of course, this taproom in Harrogate doesn’t want to put off the non-beer-drinkers. They sell cider, wine, gins and a few select spirits. There is an alcoholic beverage for everyone of all tastes and preferences to enjoy.

As for the teetotallers and non-drinkers among us, there is always low-alcohol beers and soft drinks served at this Harrogate tap room too.

Food

This taproom in Harrogate also has it’s own kitchen where they make and serve different kinds of street food. They bring in street food vendors on a rotation basis so every week there is a different type of food for people to enjoy.

Street food at Rooster Brewery Co. tap room in Harrogate

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Some of the traders they currently have include Hoi Poloi who do South East Asian inspired food ideal for groups of people to share. Other traders include Knead Pitta, Kellewelle, Wagyu Lookin’ At and Korean Grub Club. So there is a massively wide selection of food from cuisines around the world, bringing culture and high quality luxury food to this tap room every week.

Events

One of their events includes Suds With Buds in June 2024, which includes live music and a beer festival. Tickets include a festival glass, events programme, beer menu, and info on food traders during the event. There is different musicians and performers throughout the day too. Click here to find out more.

Other events include comedy performers, giving funny entertainment once every month in the Sample Room which is upstairs at this venue. Each comedy event typically involves three comedians local to the area all hand-picked for their quality and entertainment value.

Women On Tap is also another event that takes place once a year and it essentially promotes equality in women and help redesign the beer industry to encourage women to feel welcome and safe in it- as the beer industry is currently male-dominated. The event features speakers by activists, leaders, researchers and experts in the beer industry. If you’re interested in this, then click here to buy tickets!

Other entertainment includes live music including the Harrogate Folk Club, and other local musicians. Some of the live music takes place on a stage outside in their beer garden area as well as the Sample Room.

And every week, they have a quiz night where people can play for the chance to win a taproom voucher of £20. The format of the quiz changes periodically to keep it fresh and alternative. They also award the “funniest team of the week” every week, and the losing team gets the Pint Of Shame!

People can also book tasting sessions. This involves everyone having a third-pint sample of up to 8 different beers. Groups of up to 8 people can book a session.

Location

This brewery taproom is about a ten-minute’s drive from the town centre of Harrogate, but it takes just 11 minutes to walk from the train station at Hornbeam Park. The location is also ideal if you’re planning to stay the night or weekend in Harrogate, because there is a Premier Inn right next to Hornbeam Park Station. The taproom is also surrounded by a large number of different activity venues including the Live For Today Climbing Centre just across the road, and the Fitness & Wellbeing Gym. It is also not a long way from other hospitality venues including the Italian restaurant Al Bivio, the Wild Plum restaurant, and Oatlands pub. The Woodlands bar and restaurant is a 5-minute’s drive.

It is the ideal location to end a day out in Harrogate or to stop off for a pint or few before heading into town.

Accessibility

The accessibility in this venue is pretty decent, it is a fairly modern industrial building and has been designed with disabled people in mind.

Wheelchair access

There is definitely excellent wheelchair access throughout. The main entrance is all flat and opens via glass double doors. The entrance is also directly facing the car parking spaces along the road.

Inside the main hall, the flooring is mainly solid concrete with plenty of walking space between tables and chairs. At the opposite end of this room is where the kitchen is and there is a back door leading out to the beer garden. The beer garden has picnic benches all on a grassy lawn which may be slightly tricky for wheelchairs to move over. Some of the beer garden is on a concrete yard and then the picnic benches sprawl out onto the grass.

Getting to the sample room upstairs is inaccessible for wheelchairs as there is currently no working lift. The stairs have handrails and aren’t too steep.

Toilet facilities

The toilets are located on the righthand side as you approach the end of the main hall near to the kitchen area. There are also disabled toilets in the entrance room too.

Seating space

The furniture in the venue is all wooden chairs and tables with metal legs. There is the option to sit on a long bench with no back rest or one of the tables that can seat up to six people with ordinary chairs. The chairs are easy to move about and some of the little tables can be joined together to seat larger groups.

Outdoor space

There is plenty of outdoor space out the back in the beer garden. You have the option to sit on the grassy area of on the concrete yard right outside the back entrance. All of the seating is picnic benches. The option to sit outside is perfect for people who may have sensory overload from noise and crowds when the place gets busy.

Child-friendly

This taproom in Harrogate aims to attract families with children too. They include child-friendly options on their street food menus and you can also buy soft drinks and fruit juice. There is even plenty of space out in the beer garden for children to run around and play.

Dog-friendly

Dogs are definitely allowed in this venue but they must be kept on a lead. The taproom also sell dog treats at the bar and provide bowls of water for the thirsty pooches.

Atmosphere

During busier periods- in particular, weekends and school holidays- the bar can get crowded with lots of queueing. The place can get noisy from the sound of furniture moving around, and noise made by people talking on top of each other and occasionally a dog barking. All of this is worth bearing in mind for autistic individuals or people with sensory overload needs. The place is quieter during the late afternoons after they open and before it gets late. The lighting it soft yet well-lit. The general atmosphere is friendly with a party vibe when it gets late.

Parking

Plenty of parking spaces available directly outside the building. People can also park in various locations around the Business Park if it gets full at the brewery.

Public transport

The Hornbeam Park train station is a ten-minute’s walk roughly, and it is located at the top end of the business park by the Premier Inn hotel. This is ideal for catching a train back to Harrogate town centre (although it takes 20 minutes on the train to Harrogate), as well as Knaresborough and far as York. The nearest bus stop is a longer walk away from the brewery, about a 13 minute’s walk roughly.

Conclusion

We hope that you have found this listing helpful in finding places to eat and drink in Harrogate that are accessible and friendly. This taproom in Harrogate is also similar to other taprooms we’ve recommended in County Durham including:

Q Can I buy food to take away?

Yes, the kitchen serves all kinds of street food every week that can be bought to eat in or take out.

Q Does this place serve hot drinks?

The bar has a hot water machine for serving instant coffee and tea.

Q Can you buy cans and bottles of beer to take home?

Yes you can, most of the beers they produce are sold in cans that can be bought to take home. You can also buy drinks to be delivered to you by going on their online shop.

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