Welcome to The Water Rat

A warm, inviting pub, situated by the river in the picturesque city of Ripon. Offering traditional homecooked meals coupled with a wide selection of the best quality real ales. All of this within a homely atmosphere with idyllic views to make you feel welcome whatever the weather.

The Customer Journey

You should not visit our premises if:
You are self isolating
You have Covid 19 Symptoms
You live with someone who has symptoms

We are changing a lot of procedures and would appreciate you understanding these before entering the premises.

Before Arrival

Book a table
Tables can be booked for a maximum of 1 hour 45 minutes. (A 2 hour turn around with sanitisation). You can call in on the off chance but there may not be a table available.

NOTE : Tables are for a maximum of SIX PEOPLE.

Outside tables are for a maximum of SIX PEOPLE
You can now book outside tables also.

Note all service will be table service and we will not permit customers at the bar at this time.

Please arrive at your allotted time via the front door. These have been staggered to avoid customers arriving at once and respecting social distancing. Please respect the 2 metre social distancing rule if you are queuing outside.


On arrival you will be seated at your table and will be served by a member of staff for all drinks, orders and food. Please do not move around the pub to speak to other tables.

When using the bathrooms please respect the other guests and abide by social distancing rules. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

We advise where possible to pay by contactless / card payment that again will take place at your table.


On departing the building please leave via the fire escape that goes onto the river bank. This allows a steady flow and less interaction.

Like always we ask you respect our staff and other customers. Remember there may be vulnerable or scared people. We ask that you show compassion and understanding. If you encounter a problem wave over a member of staff to discuss.

Breaks in service
Every hour the staff have been instructed to stop service to clean and sanitise key touch points. This is for their safety and yours. This will only take a few minutes so please bear with us whilst this is carried out.

My pledge to you that if you have concerns or are unhappy you can feel free to contact me personally so that I can resolve the matter. My Email address is rick83@me.com. I take the safety of everyone very seriously and therefore will do my upmost to make sure this is adhered to.


Rick Jones

We serve food

Monday to Friday
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
and 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday Brunch/Lunch
10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Brunch 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Carvery 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Our Bar is open

Monday – Sunday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

From October until April

We are closed on Monday

01765 602251

Stay Awhile Amid its Charms

Since 2007, Rick Jones, the landlord of The Water Rat, has brought the pub into a league of its own. Whilst focusing on top quality beer and the best homecooked food Rick has managed to make the Water Rat a popular location for residents and tourists alike. Allowing all to feel welcome and enjoy their time visiting the pub.

The Water Rat is situated by the River Skell, offering ideal Yorkshire views that are unexpected for a city based pub. With an emphasis on locally sourced food and beverages the pub really focuses on embracing the Ripon community.

With the opportunity to be seated outside by the river, or cosy inside by the fire, there is the chance to enjoy your time here whatever the weather. Drawing inspiration from its idyllic surrounding the pub offers the perfect environment whether you are out for an afternoon drink
or a Sunday carvery.


Areas of the pub are available for private hire. With beautiful riverside views, we can cater for a variety of events, including parties and family functions for all occasions. We can provide a full bar and the facilities to provide many catered options which can relieve the stress caused by hosting any event!

If you have a party or family function you need to plan please use the contact form provided or feel free to call us on:

01765 602251

Beatof the Week

  • Wednesdays

    Grill night

  • Friday Fun

    Aperitivo Hour
    Every Friday 5pm – 6pm
    Enjoy some free nibbles with your after dinner drinks by the river

  • Fish Friday

    Catch two fish and chips

  • Weekend Brunch

    Served by the River
    10.30 am – 12pm
    every Saturday & Sunday

  • Sunday Night Only

    Quiz Night
    Test your knowledge
    From 7pm

What to do in Ripon

For a small Yorkshire City, Ripon has lots to offer and we want you to really enjoy your time here. We have made a few recommendations for where we think you should go whilst you are visiting!

If you fancy some more options visit www.ripon-internet.com where there are plenty more activities along with places to eat and stay in Ripon! But don’t forget to pop down to the pub for a drink and tell us all about your visit!

  • Ripon Scenic Cruises

    We love our location next to the river so we cannot recommend Ripon Scenic Cruises enough! If you love sightseeing then located just over the road from The Water Rat, at the canal basin, is the opportunity to hire a boat and take a beautiful narrowboat cruise on the canal and River Ure.

  • Ripon Races

    Throughout the summer there is no better feeling than getting dressed up to the nines and enjoying a day at the races. The racecourse is situated just outside Ripon so can be easily accessed just a short walk from The Water Rat, and we will even be happy to see you all on the walk back, whether you win or lose!

  • Ripon Cathedral

    If you consider yourself a bit of a history buff there is the perfect tourist spot for you! Ripon Cathedral, with a rich history spanning all the way back to the 7th century, is the ideal location for anyone looking to inject a bit of culture into their visit. With stunning architecture both in and out it really is a sight to behold. If you don’t fancy the walk back into town, then luckily, we have the perfect view of the cathedral from our beer garden.

Get in touch orBook a Table

Please note: Reservations are not final until we send you a confirmation email.

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