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) #17 of 66 Restaurants in Ripon $$ - $$$ , British,
24 Bondgate Green | 24 Bondgate Green, Ripon HG4 1QW, England
+44 1765 602251
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
24 Bondgate Green | 24 Bondgate Green, Ripon HG4 1QW, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 10 people.We booked a table for 6.30pm.The Water Rat is in a lovely setting right next to the river. We arrived early so had a drink outside as the weather was good. We were looked after by Ashley who really...More

Thank R111OND
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right on the riverside, outside seating and quaint indoor seating at the rear. Quirky decoration. Had lunch here ages ago and was really good, great stop for a quick drink with the locals.

Thank Christopher E
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The pictures of this pub show a lovely setting by a river. It is by a river but the outside garden area and the side facing the river was really scruffy with old tables, it could be so much better. We booked for Sunday Lunch...More

4  Thank SAYERS51
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Love this place! Always nice staff beautiful scenery, always my first choice when going out in ripon

Thank winstonnls
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Spent a day in Ripon today and we decided to try The Water Rat because we liked the look of the location. This was one of many positives for the Water Rat. It is a cracking pub with great food. We sat outside watching a...More

Thank Darren L
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Went here for mother in laws birthday with family,16 in total. Lunch was carvery style after placing order had half hour to wait to go for food, was told that food was being replenished even though other people were going and being served. Roast beef...More

1  Thank keith c
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

My colleagues and I ended the day in Ripon and we set off to visit a pub or two. We had the fount of all knowledge with us who calls himself Frank and he suggested The Water Rat by the river. We found it on...More

1  Thank Kevin L
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This bar / restaurant tucked away from the hussle of Ripon City centre on the bank of the river is worth a visit. It was a very hot day on our visit so we were blessed with sitting out side. Order at the bar and...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Visited this pub on Bank Holiday Monday lunchtime with friends. It was almost empty so we assumed we would be served fairly quickly. Our table was looking out onto the river which was lovely. The waitress came with the menu and told us what items...More

2  Thank LezHarrogate
Reviewed 28 May 2017

It's in a unusual location, off a side-street and next to wasteland. The terrance is right on the river with beautiful views. The inside is pretty run down. It's got very friendly, professional staff and good beer. The food is very average pub food -...More

2  Thank thestars
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Bondgate Green | 24 Bondgate Green, Ripon HG4 1QW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Ripon
  • Phone Number: +44 1765 602251
  • E-mail
At The Water Rat in Ripon, North Yorkshire, we are open Monday - Sunday from 11am- 11pm. Serving Food 12 - 2:30, 6 - 9:00 Monday - Friday, 12- 3:00 & 6-9:00 Saturdays, 12 - 4:00 Sundays. Our amazing special offers include Wednesday's 2 Dine For £10 (2 Main courses , 2 Desserts) 2 mains for £12.99 (Selected Times and limited menu). Friday Curry Night, curry and a pint or glass of house wine £9.99 Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you.
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