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
Monday Evening - Outside 17:00 - 23:00
Monday Evening - Inside 17:00 - 23:00
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

4.89 out of 5 stars based on 1371 votes

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Jan 28, 2023
Jo B.
Fabulous

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Jan 18, 2023
Matthew H.
As always, great hosts, great food and nice and warm by a roaring fire.

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Jan 13, 2023
Heather S.
A lovely pub, great food and good service!

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Jan 10, 2023
Mike B.
Another great experience as usual. Young staff welcoming and professional.

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Jan 03, 2023
Sue B.
As always first class. We are always made welcome. 10 out of 10 every time. Well done team. Very happy customers.

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Dec 27, 2022
Keith B.
Didn't eat but have in past and was very good. Twas a bit cold outside on Christmas day but to be expected. Good atmosphere . Service and drinks very good. Always good service. Favourite place in Knaresborough.

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Dec 21, 2022
Marie N.
Absolutely fantastic atmosphere, food & service x

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Dec 19, 2022
Darryl P.
Quality all round , great food beer & service full marks.

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Dec 15, 2022
Anton H.
I love the Half Moon. Basically the perfect pub. Great beer, small but great menu of pizza, cured meats and cheese, friendly staff who like what they do. Just consider myself lucky to have this place in Knaresborough. Thanks for a nice evening!

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Dec 15, 2022
Kate W.
Great night thank you.

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Dec 11, 2022
Will J.
Don't change a thing! Great platter, great beer, great fire!

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Dec 10, 2022
Simon C.
Great pub !

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Dec 09, 2022
Jude M.
A lovely evening as always at the Half Moon and all the service great as usual. We got a lovely table right in front of the log fire.

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Dec 06, 2022
Ron P.
Great experience as always !!

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Dec 05, 2022
Amanda C.
Absolutely great place, superb staff, good portion sizes and brilliant atmosphere!!

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Dec 04, 2022
Mark L.
Fantastic afternoon in a lovely friendly pub with great food and service

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Nov 21, 2022
Nicola T.
Really good food and surroundings. Brilliant service .

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Nov 18, 2022
Joe D.
Great pub fantastic pizza great staff

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Nov 15, 2022
Peter D.
As always near to perfect, Tom and his team do a brilliant job !!

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Nov 05, 2022
Sue A.
Always great service and a lovely welcome but above all a great atmosphere with a real buzz!

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Nov 02, 2022
Christopher T.
As always a warm welcome, fantastic service and great atmosphere. The fires are a great bonus.

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Oct 26, 2022
Sir Ken G.
Fantastic food, service and ambience as ever. Many thanks!

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Oct 25, 2022
Tracy M.
Lovely pub with a lovely atmosphere, kind of place where you could stay all day and sample all the beers

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 23, 2022
John I.
Everyone is friendly and welcoming and the food is always excellent.

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Oct 22, 2022
Alison B.
Excellent service from lovely staff. Food also excellent-we had pizzas followed by cheese board and port. Great to have such a fantastic place on our doorstop. Highly recommend.

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Oct 19, 2022
Ken G.
A most enjoyable visit. Good food, great beer and most pleasant staff.

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Oct 13, 2022
Kathryn S.
Great evening lovely pizza xx

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Oct 10, 2022
Phil W.
Best pub in Knaresborough!

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Sep 30, 2022
paul j.
Great pub and such lovely staff

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Sep 15, 2022
Tina S.
Fabulous food great service. We had a lovely time here with our friends the atmosphere was so relaxed

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Sep 08, 2022
Steve H.
Our wedding anniversay and just love our time at half moon. Great food, ambience and service. Cannot be faulted. Thanks to Molly and the staff.

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Sep 08, 2022
Amina T.
Absolutely loved it! The pizza was even better than we could have hoped for! Definitely coming back!!

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Aug 27, 2022
Sue B.
We always enjoy visiting and the staff are friendly, welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them. The food is delicious especially the pizzas. Keep up the good work.

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Aug 20, 2022
Jim T.
The friendliness and customer focus of the staff is first class and, importantly, is consistent. Just disappointed we aren't able to visit more often.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 18, 2022
Neil G.
Excellent service as always in this friendly pub. Small and cosy, and the staff are Always on hand to cater for your requirements. Worth a visit whenever you are in Knaresborough.

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Aug 08, 2022
Phillipa C.
Super evening. Superb service, excellent platters, good wine prices, Cannot fault anything. Happinness

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Aug 07, 2022
Judy M.
As usual - we had a lovely night with friends and family. Great pizza and beer! Service perfect.

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Jul 31, 2022
Gary F.
Great service as always. Fabulous beers and wines too.

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Jul 24, 2022
Lucy D.
Lovely location and interior decor. Great selection of local beers, great service, and lovely platters. Would definitely return.

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Jul 15, 2022
BILL R.
As always, great food and service.

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Jul 15, 2022
Joe D.
Excellent food & drink great service friendly staff

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Jul 14, 2022
Janet W.
Great food, service and atmosphere and love that it’s dog friendly

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Jul 14, 2022
Susan C.
Lovely pub, great location, delicious food, friendly staff, good value for money.

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Jul 06, 2022
Mike B.
As usual the pub was clean and tidy. A lovely greeting and made to feel welcome immediately. Very attentive and pleasant staff. Beer well kept and good choice of wines..

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Jul 03, 2022
Carol H.
Everything about the half moon is lovely.

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Jul 01, 2022
David T.
A superb dining experience. Great staff and food. Choice could have been more extensive but what was on offer was first class. We will certainly return again

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 30, 2022
Anton H.
Such a nice place to go for a few beers. Staff really friendly and the pizza was delicious. Terrific, this is how pubs should be!

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Jun 30, 2022
david w.
Tom,Molly and their staff work incredibly hard making sure all clientele are looked after really well food fab especially the pizza ,can’t recommend enough

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Jun 25, 2022
Sir Ken G.
A fantastic pub with absolutely superb food, drink and service! Thank you to Tom, Molly and staff.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2022
Dave M.
I loved our evening at the Half Moon. Great staff, superb food and really nice atmosphere. Thank you .