The Skipton Press Guide to… Three Top Venues With A Twist

Coffee & Clay

Fancy creating a pottery masterpiece with your afternoon tea?  Floating down the UK’s oldest canal whilst tucking into a lovely Sunday dinner?  Or how about browsing an extensive vinyl collection with a pint of local ale?  

Of course you do!  Which means you’ve come to the right place…

Let’s Do The Twist

Skipton is home to many a brilliant bar, restaurant and café (view our growing list of guides here), where you can eat, drink and be merry to your heart’s content.  But a handful of Skipton’s hotspots offer a rather unique twist to the norm, making them not just a place to go to but an experience to remember.

We thought we’d highlight what we think are three of the best.  Agree with our choice?  Have we made some glaring omissions?  Then let us know in the comments section below!


The Skipton Sound Bar


The Skipton Sound Bar has gone down a storm with locals and out-of-towners alike since it opened in May last year.  The aptly named Skipton Sound Bar is a vinyl shop… with the added benefit of having an alcohol license!  The bar and the boys who run it – Miles, Phil and Paul – are really welcoming, serving an array of craft ales sourced only from local breweries.  Often buzzing with a regular schedule of live music, The Sound Bar offers a unique experience for drinkers and music lovers alike.  

The Skipton Press interviewed the owners of The Sound Bar earlier this year, which you can read here.


You can find The Sound Bar at 15 Swadford Street, BD23 1RD – a stone’s throw from the town centre.

Opening Hours:

Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – 12 – 8pm

Thursday – 12 – 8pm

Friday – 12 – 9pm

Saturday – 12 – 9pm

Sunday – 12 – 7pm


User review:

This is one place you have just got to visit!!  Super atmosphere…. great bar staff and an eclectic mix of music makes it one of the few places that is hard to leave.  Can’t wait to return and continue our musical and beverage journey!!  No hesitation in recommending. – 5 Stars”

Review by “MarekLontour”, visited October 2016.  Source:


Coffee & Clay

Coffee and Clay

A family-run café and activity centre, Coffee & Clay couples a friendly and relaxed café with an engaging painting studio for people of all ages.

The café, with its hearty homemade food and Fairtrade tea and coffee, is an attraction in itself.  However, whilst tucking into their fabulous food, customers can also get creative by making and painting their own pottery.  This makes it a lovely place to bring the kids on a rainy day!  

Pottery is a great release for creativity, and it keeps the kids busy whilst the grown-ups can enjoy a catch-up with friends – or have a go on the potters wheel themselves!

You can find out more about them at their website here.



Coffee & Clay can be found at number 14 on Skipton’s High St, just off the roundabout

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday – 9.30am – 4.15pm

Sunday – 10.30am – 4.15pm

User review:

“Painting ceramics… great for a rainy day activity for any age.Great for other days too. Totally absorbing and great that one can just drop in at any time. No booking required. Nice cafe downstairs with lovely, friendly staff. Will definitely go again.- 5 Stars”

visited June 2016. Source:


Skipton Boat Trips – Dinner Cruises


Does the idea of a relaxing cruise along the Skipton canal whilst tucking into a hot roast dinner float your boat?  If so, this is the perfect place for you.


If you decide to venture on this fantastic food cruise then a great afternoon awaits.  You’ll set sail at mid-day, take a seat at the table and be bought drinks by the friendly bar staff whilst you wait for your meal.  And what a meal!  Hand-carved roast beef, crisp roast potatoes, vibrant veg and – of course – the obligatory Yorkshire pud!  All with a hearty glug of rich roast gravy.

And if you’ve still got a bit of room left after the mouthwatering main then their delicious dessert will soon fill that gap…  

Now that’s a feast fit for any captain’s table!



You can find Skipton Boat Trips at Waterside Court, just off Coach St.

To book:

Visit their online booking form here and get a cruise in your calendar!

User review:

Lovely meal on a great cruise boat. 2 1/2 hour cruise on Leeds to Liverpool canal with a lovely Sunday lunch 2-course meal served on board.  Spotlessly clean boat – well done to all the staff!

Review by “Rita H”, visited June 2016.  Source:


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