The Half Moon Free House

1 Abbey Road, Knaresborough HG5 8HY
$$ Continental

Cask ales; fine wines; international lagers, beers and spirits; relaxed and friendly atmosphere; log fires; cosy courtyard; riverside views and grassed area; cured meats & cheeses served alongside all home made: cakes, brownies, pate, soups and our delicious stone baked pizzas (pizzas served Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Reservations

Booking Notes:

To reserve a table for today, please phone the pub on 01423 313461 and either speak to one of the team to book your table or leave a message and we'll call you back to book you in.

Table reservations will only be held for 5 minutes. Please phone us on 01423 313461 to let us know in advance if you won't be on time for your reservation.

Please only reserve your table for the length of time you'll actually need it. With only 12 tables inside the pub, they're sometimes in short supply.

Business Info

  • Address: 1 Abbey Road, Knaresborough HG5 8HY
  • Cross Street: Waterside & Briggate
  • Cuisine: Continental | English | European | Mediterranean | Pizza |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01423313461
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Smoking Area, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Date Night,

Photos

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Events & Special Hours

Thursday Jubilee (Inside the pub)
June 2, 2022 All Day 12:00 - 22:30
Thursday Jubilee (Outside in the Courtyard)
June 2, 2022 All Day 12:00 - 22:30

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - Courtyard (Outside)
Closed - Pub (Inside)
Tuesday
Evening - Courtyard (Outside) 17:00 - 23:00
Evening - Pub (Inside) 17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
Evening - Courtyard (Outside) 17:00 - 23:00
Evening - Pub (Inside) 17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
Evening - Courtyard (Outside) 17:00 - 23:00
Evening - Pub (Inside) 17:00 - 23:00
Friday
Evening - Courtyard (Outside) 16:00 - 23:00
Evening - Pub (Inside) 16:00 - 23:00
Saturday
All Day - Courtyard (Outside) 12:00 - 23:00
All Day - Pub (Inside) 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday
All Day - Courtyard (Outside) 12:00 - 22:30
All Day - Pub (Inside) 12:00 - 22:30

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
As much as we love dogs, as it's only a small pub with just 9 inside tables, we don't allow dogs to stay inside the pub but we do allow dogs into our cosy courtyard where you'll find shelter, heaters, blankets, dog bowls and biscuits. To get to the courtyard you do need to come through the front door of the pub with your dog and head up the steps to the courtyard at the rear.
5 minutes. Please phone us on 01423 313461 to let us know in advance if you won't be on time for your table reservation. With only 9 tables inside the pub, they are often in high demand so we can't hold them for long.
A selections of cured meats, cheeses, breads, olives, chutney, crackers, pickled onions & cornichons served on wooden sharing boards. In addition we make our own chicken liver pate and wholesome soups and we serve a tasty houmus with toast too. For dessert we home bake chocolate brownies, salted caramel & pecan brownies along with rocky roads and Victoria sponge muffins. We also serve our homemade stone baked pizzas on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. See the photos for the full menu.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.87 out of 5 stars based on 903 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 19, 2022
Julie I.
A great place and staff excellent.We enjoyed the food and wine.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 17, 2022
Hilary C.
As usual a lovely evening spent at The Half Moon. Please don’t change anything - it is perfect just as it is. Great service, lovely atmosphere, fab food and drinks.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 14, 2022
Anne S.
Great pub and very friendly staff, well kept beer and a small but tasty menu

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 12, 2022
Phil J.
As always brilliant. Great food, relaxed atmosphere and terrific beer that has been well looked after. Equally important the staff are superb; friendly, professional and attentive. Thanks for another great evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 07, 2022
Mandy D.
Warm and welcoming. Friendly service. Lovely atmosphere. The best venue for a lovely relaxed drink with friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 04, 2022
Geoff C.
I booked a table on the strength of the trip advisor 5* reviews. The reviews were not wrong, a super place to visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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May 02, 2022
David B.
Excellent as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 29, 2022
Tom G.
Really good pizza. Nice log fire. Great service Decent beer

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 23, 2022
Sheila Y.
I love this place. The food is good, from a sensibly limited menu. The atmosphere is always excellent and the range of beer and wine well kept and served. But the very best thing of all is the service. The staff are welcoming, friendly and very helpful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2022
Geoffrey C.
Usual great welcome by all bar staff for myself and party. Prebooked table was available. Placed drinks order and they were promptly delivered to our table. Did not require any food. Bar staff were on hand at the table to take subsequent drinks orders. Well done Tom and all the team. My visitors were very impressed with the friendly and efficient service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 18, 2022
Jim T.
All staff are extremely friendly, especially Tom, Molly and Nat, and they make you feel like friends not customers. Service is first class with top ups delivered to your table without having to go to the bar. Exceptional.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 15, 2022
Andrew B.
Fantastic Great Staff Great Atmosphere Great Food Lots of Fun

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 11, 2022
Adrianus v.
They were very attentive and friendly. Their attitude certainly said that they wanted me there. I would most definitely visit again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 09, 2022
Karen A.
As always great service from Molly and Tom. The beer was first class. Fantastic table, great ambience good music. The food never fails in its high standard. The best pub in knaresborough. It became our local the day it opened.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 04, 2022
Neil G.
Always a great service when you visit the Half Moon. Friendly staff who go out of their way to talk to you, offer advice about things in Knaresborough, and generally make you feel welcome. Food is lovely, and always served up with minimal wait. Well worth a visit if you want some good food and drink in a quieter pub, with a great location near the river.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 04, 2022
Sarah W.
Didn’t have any food , but it’s great as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 03, 2022
Emma N.
First time. Really busy pub. Loved the food boards and desserts. Got crowded and busy at times. Serving staff were wonderful. Got a bit noisy at times but that's tobe expected in a small space. Cosy meal on a cold winter day.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 21, 2022
Paul S.
A great pub with fantastic staff and good atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 19, 2022
Lloret G.
Great place, pizzas good, staff very friendly and efficient, lovely atmosphere , warm real fire. Just wish we could take the dog inside, slightly cold at the moment to sit outside in the courtyard.( Even with the heaters!!)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 18, 2022
William S.
Fantastic Pizzas

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 16, 2022
Paul C.
Really comfortable, excellent quality food and drink and very friendly & helpful staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 15, 2022
ANNIE S.
Excellent venue, amazing food and brilliant service. A perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 15, 2022
Dave M.
No vegan options

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 13, 2022
Anne W.
Lovely cosy pub with attentive staff that make you feel so welcome. The meat and cheese platters are really good as are the wines and beers. Definitely recommend!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2022
Merin S.
fabulous little pub, great atmosphere, soups are absolutely delicious, so fresh and tasty, super cheese boards and the fresh chunks of bread are amazing !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2022
Lynda S.
Always excellent lovely venue

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 23, 2022
Pat D.
Really nice food and service. Lovely evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 18, 2022
Jude M.
As always - the Half Moon is an amazing, welcoming and comforting pub to spend our evening in. Tom and Molly and the team provide the best service you could ask for in every way. Beer on top form and pizza delicious. We love this pub.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 18, 2022
Stacey G.
Fantastic service, food and atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 04, 2022
Alyce M.
Great pub, always busy, always a buzzy atmosphere and great staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 04, 2022
Kathryn S.
Always a great experience

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 29, 2022
Rebekah R.
Fantastic pub with friendly staff, a roaring fire, delicious pizzas and reasonable prices. What more could you ask for <3

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 25, 2022
Ron P.
Never fails to impress , great atmosphere, top class friendly staff, cheese and meat platters excellent value for money . How a pub should be run !!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 25, 2022
Phillip P.
Loved this place, great atmosphere,spotless clean Staff welcoming and treating like a local. Great hand pulled beer,food brill,and music was just at the correct volume Well done a great gem !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 22, 2022
Helen C.
Service was exemplary.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 16, 2022
Susan W.
We love everything about half moon. The Bar Staff can't do enough for you just lovely.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 13, 2022
Clive M.
We love The Half Moon… our very regular haunt!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 11, 2022
Andy S.
Nat was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 03, 2022
helen d.
Absolutely love this pub. Excellent staff. Cosy and very friendly atmosphere. My favourite pub ever xxx

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 02, 2022
David H.
This is my favourite pub in knaresborough. Everything about it is spot on from the beer to the service. Lovely wood brining stoves. You have to try the meat and cheese boards.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 31, 2021
Anne M.
Wonderful as always!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 19, 2021
Devnet B.
All ways welcoming, good atmosphere. Food good value

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 18, 2021
David M.
Excellent staff, ambience and service

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 15, 2021
Gary F.
Another evening of great service and excellent beers.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 29, 2021
Nick L.
Great place, lovely atmosphere and service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 21, 2021
Lauren A.
Such a lovely evening, great food, great wine, great service! 10/10

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 21, 2021
Carrie B.
No food so no comment! Otherwise awesome as usual.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 20, 2021
Hilary C.
It’s always perfect!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 18, 2021
Sue B.
Always a friendly and warm welcome and the pizzas are scrummy so enjoyable. A big thank you to all staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 14, 2021
Julie L.
Very attentive staff. Lovely pizza great ale.