The Unicorn is a J.D Wetherspoons pub as well as a hotel situated in the Market Square in Ripon's centre.It has very fine decor and is very spacious inside,good service and a wide choice of food and drinks available.There has been an inn here since the 17th century and some of the building still retains that character as well as being brought up to date for modern times.There are a total of 32 rooms in the hotel all with mod cons such as tea and coffee making facilities and wi-fi access.In the doorway is a rather amusing statue of a dressed Unicorn welcoming you to the place.There is also limited car parking available at the rear of the hotel.
Opening times(pub):Mon till sun:7am-11pm
Favorite Dish: I had traditional fish and chips served with mushy peas,it was delicious and well worth the money at £6.75.
Yet close to Ripon Cathedral, this old an nice stone building catch your attention. At the first moment you cannot believe this one is a hotel and restaurant, but here it is!. A real XVIth century building still at work, where you may stay to sleep or having a refreshment, as I did.
Superb environment into a historic building. Can you wish anything else?
I didn't want a heavy evening meal.
I'd had too many full English breakfasts whilst I'd been exploring Northumberland.
So Iwandered the strets of Ripon, looking at what was on offer. More than I'd expected, to be honest.
But The Royal Oak appealed to me, because it offered a Ploughman's 'supper'. English ploughmen, of course, did not really eat such food.....a hunk of bread, a hunk of cheese and a raw onion or an apple is what they really ate.
But in the UK we have created 'the Ploughman's lunch' to eat in pubs, and very nice it usually is too.
This was truly exceptional. Really fresh bread, three local cheeses, freahly-cooked ham-off-the-bone, a selection of pickles (gherkins, olives, pickled onions),a slice of home-made duck pate (lovely), a little pot of tomato pickle (really delicious), grapes and a small dressed salad. Served on a wooden board (a bit odd, but perfectly acceptable).
It was all delicious...the best 'Ploughman's' I have ever had, and very reasonably-priced for what it was (8GBP).
So I had to have a pudding, of course........sticky toffee pudding with home-made vanilla ice-cream. Also exceptionally delicious.
Washed down with the pub's own Timothy Taylor's 'Ram Tam', a dark and fruity beer which is pretty potent.
O, and I got a free sample of Timothy Taylor's 'Landlord' with the Ploughman's. A traditional bitter, very good indeed.....but I prefer dark beers.
The pub itself was modern inside, with free wifi.......and on a mid-week October night it was buzzing with locals. Always a good sign, and in this case very well-deserved.
It's got rooms too..........I wish I known that beforehand, because I would definitely have stayed there.