Sneak peek: Ripon’s newest hospitality venue opens today
Last updated Sep 23, 2023
John Cotterill (pictured right) had the first pint poured by landlord Adam Coulson at last night's preview.

The newest addition to Ripon’s hospitality sector opened its doors at 12 noon today (Saturday).

Adam Coulson, owner of the Portly Pig on Kirkgate, invited the Stray Ferret to an eve-of-opening sneak peek to find out what the independent bottleshop and taproom has to offer – and there was plenty to see.

The focus is on serving real ales, craft beers and ciders on tap in bottles and cans, while spirits and wines are also on the drinks menu.

The bottled and canned drinks are principally produced in Yorkshire.

Mr Coulson told the Stray Ferret:

“The majority of the drinks have been sourced from independent breweries, distilleries and wine suppliers based in Yorkshire.

“We’re offering something a bit different that we hope adds to the attraction of Ripon as a city with a great community of independent  businesses.”

Dog owners and their dogs are welcome.

The Portly Pig’s historic premises, which have been converted to include a ground floor bar and upstairs seating areas, have seen a variety of uses over two centuries.

Number 5 Kirkgate will be known to many as the former Oasis Florists and those with longer memories will recall it being the offices of the Ripon Gazette newspaper.

A civic society plaque by the front door shows that before then it was a Town (Council) House from 1835 to 1851and then a borough police station with four cells between 1875 and 1887.

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