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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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
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.
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.
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.

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 377 votes

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Sep 26, 2021
Paul G.
Great food, service and atmosphere, in a lovely location.

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Sep 25, 2021
Alison I.
Lovely as always Enjoyed the pizzas too

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Sep 24, 2021
Lynda S.
Always excellent and friendly

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Sep 16, 2021
Alice B.
The friendliest pub I’ve ever been to. Outstanding.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Graham B.
Scrumptious pizza in wonderful surroundings and very attentive staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Aug 24, 2021
Sara A.
A lovely evening a the Half Moon, amazing staff, friendly and great service.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Melanie G.
Amazing evening in fabulous surroundings, excellent service, excellent food, and excellent ale. What more do you want. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Cathy B.
Brilliant service in a friendly, well managed pub. Great food, especially the pizzas.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 19, 2021
Peter B.
Fantastic food and service!!

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Aug 10, 2021
David H.
My favourite ace to drink. Always welcoming.

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Aug 10, 2021
Jane R.
Another lovely evening at The Half Moon. Wonderful staff and excellent customer service. We take all our friends and they love it.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 08, 2021
Pamela R.
Fantastic service, as always.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 30, 2021
Nichola H.
A fantastic little pub very clean and a warm welcome. Had a great time, i was recommended a cocktail by Tom that was lovely. Overall it's fair to say this is my favourite pub in knaresborough xx

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 22, 2021
Mandy D.
We sat in the beer garden. Had a lovely evening. Didn't have food. Were just really disappointed because the quiz wasn't on. That's why we booked. Can't understand why it's not back up and running. Love The Half Moon though.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 15, 2021
Rachael M.
Although we didn't eat on this occasion, we definitely intend to next time, the food looked fantastic. I'd give the Half Moon top marks all round, the owner and staff are doing all they can make it the best pub experience they can for customers within the current restrictions. Even though there was an obvious rush of customers they didn't let their standards slip, it shows that they care and have pride in all that they do, we found everything to be spot on and impressed that they delivered on all levels including service with a smile. 10/10 Well done Team Half Moon, looking forward to next time. Thank you :)

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 14, 2021
Sue (sunbeam) B.
We always enjoy coming to the Half Moon. Staff friendly and welcoming. Table service is great and cleanliness is second to none. Just wish you served your pizzas Tuesdays to Sundays which are scrumptious and so is the food boards.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2021
Simon O.
great. thank you.

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Jul 10, 2021
Tom M.
Nice pub, very friendly Staff, good selection of beers Very welcoming But it is my local

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2021
Gary W.
We didn’t have food.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2021
Una T.
Fantastic place to eat,drink & relax. Staff were really friendly & attentive. Both the meat & cheese platters were excellent. Couldn't fault it. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 06, 2021
Norah J.
Brilliant atmosphere and the staff very professional, polite and friendly, cheeseboard was divine … Pizza even better , watched the footie in the courtyard and a great result For our team,! Just a perfect evening out .

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 03, 2021
Peter K.
Best pub in Knaresborough

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 30, 2021
Peter B.
Great pub.. Highly reccomend

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Jun 25, 2021
Corrie G.
Favourite oub

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 24, 2021
John P.
Excellent service drinks and food. Best in the area. John Parker

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
Clare W.
Great night!! The staff at the half moon are excellent so attentive and very friendly

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Jun 16, 2021
Robert W.
Excellent food and very friendly helpful staff. This is a great place, I will be back again.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 15, 2021
Kate R.
We had a lovely relaxing lunch. The service was very friendly. We brought two dogs and were kindly allowed to sit in the courtyard with them. Lovely atmosphere outside we felt like we were abroad The food was amazing and wine even better! Will be visiting again

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 14, 2021
Catt D.
Can’t beat an afternoon at the Half Moon! The staff are really friendly and everything was spot on! :) I would recommend the meat and cheese boards! They’re amazing!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 14, 2021
Jane L.
Always have a fabulous time when we visit. One of our favourite pubs; great service, lovely food and fantastic location. Thank you all for such a lovely time xx

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 10, 2021
Trevor I.
Excellent food and service on a lovely evening the only annoyance was the two people smoking Will be inside next time

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 09, 2021
Patricia R.
It’s lovely to be back in again and the staff are very friendly and helpful as usual, we are looking forward to be going back.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 09, 2021
Brian S.
Great to be back with Tom and the team looking after us.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 06, 2021
Paul S.
It was very good as always nice to see Tom and the gang again after so long .

Overall: 10/10
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May 30, 2021
Susan O.
Lovely atmosphere. Great staff. Enjoy drinks and sharing platters. Sue

Overall: 10/10
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May 28, 2021
Fiona O.
Always good! It’s our local and we are regular customers. The Covid rules are well organised and make people feel safe.

Overall: 10/10
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May 28, 2021
Gary F.
Brilliant organisation, customer service and atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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May 26, 2021
Jim T.
Staff were friendly and service came quickly and with a smile. Food was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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May 26, 2021
Tim C.
Amazing attention to detail in this stylish gem of a pub. Great range of delicious local beers and friendly and attentive team. Superb

Overall: 10/10
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May 25, 2021
Kathryn S.
I did not have food on this occasion but everything was excellent as usual

Overall: 10/10
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May 24, 2021
Dennis M.
First time back to our regular haunt after lockdown mk2 and we weren't disappointed. Beers, food platter and the attention of the team get top marks. Great to be back.

Overall: 10/10
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May 23, 2021
Zoe W.
Fantastic to be back, felt very welcome and very safe, can't wait to return

Overall: 10/10
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May 20, 2021
Pat D.
Great place for a drink and food.

Overall: 10/10
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May 20, 2021
Richard B.
So amazing to have you open again! One of my favourite pubs with some of the best staff in the town. Can’t wait to go back

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2021
Craig H.
Great pub with great wine and beer plus good simple food offering. Definitely one to put on your list when you are in Knaresborough

Overall: 9/10
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Jul 25, 2021
Lisa T.
Can’t fault it, staff lovely as usual and the pizza was great too. Only marked down as the table reserved for us was more of a drinking table and not that comfy.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
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Jul 22, 2021
Peter M.
Lovely food and wine, friendly service and it was great sitting outside in the evening sunshine

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jul 04, 2021
Ian M.
Only two things would have improved a lovely visit to the half moon…. It was a Friday so no pizzas on the menu

Overall: 9/10
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Jun 09, 2021
Mike B.
Very relaxed and made to feel welcome. It will be nice when a bit busier just to lift the atmosphere.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
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May 25, 2021
Janette C.
Lovely to be back - fabulous staff and comfortable atmosphere. Back again very soon