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5.3 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews

Six Poor Folk

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Six Poor Folk, 25 Castlegate, HG5 8AR Knaresborough

Further Information

As the name suggests, this outstanding Knaresborough cafe and restaurant seeks to serve humble, wholesome food to ordinary folks, with little fuss and minimal fanfare. Well that’s all well and good ﹘ but if they didn’t want fuss, Six Poor Folk shouldn’t have made food like this! A growing number of real-food connoisseurs, from far further afield than kooky Knaresborough and nearby Harrogate, are fussing excitedly over what this little kitchen on Castlegate is managing to do, creating first-rate restaurant-quality food in a casual cafe and bar, relying on high quality products from producers from around Knaresborough, Harrogate, wider Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

With the combined professional experience of their passionate chefs and worldly inspiration of the well-travelled minds behind this Castlegate market cafe and bar, these ingredients become an outstanding selection of lunch and dinner meals somehow simple, sophisticated and satisfying all at once. With fantastic fish from Hartlepool straight to Harrogate, mouth-watering meat from Kirkby, barrows of fresh vegetables and hand-picked craft beers and boutique wines from the bar, Six Poor Folk ﹘ and their popular ploughmans lunches, evening share platters and dozens of individual dishes ﹘ are throwing their weight behind the fight to remind people what food is meant to taste like.


71 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
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Gill W.
1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 05:02

Excellent food. Busy night with large group in but kept checking we were ok. Would recommend!! Excellent rissotto / steak. Reasonable prices for excellent quality.

James B.
1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 19:41

What a lovely restaurant! Excellent food, atmosphere - nicely done out - and friendly attentive staff who made us feel very welcome. Would definitely go again.

Jo M.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 02:39

Lovely place, really nice feel to it, fantastic food and great service. Sunday lunch was delicious, meat really tender and great yorkshire pud.... Will be returning!

Andy D.
1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 02:37

A lovely evening for my birthday. Great food and superb staff. It really could not have been any better. Thank you to everyone at 6 Poor Folk. Maybe a few more Vegan options but the Beetroot and coconut curry was amazing .

Liz B.
1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 16:45

Pre-theatre supper, but no problems. We were welcomed and looked after warmly, and the food was served prmptly but not rushed. There was an interesting selection of dishes for all courses, which made it difficult to choose. We all chose asparagus, but we're delighted with the surprise of the accompanying crispy duck eggs. The egg was very complementary with the asparagus and added substance. I thoroughly enjoyed my main course of baked aubergine and mushrooms, by my fellow diners were very impressed with the dramatic presentation if their vege burgers, which arrived as towering stack to the table. They spent the rest of the meal extolling the virtues of celeriac (which is not something you normally hear, even if it is one of THE most versatile vegetables). Lovely meal, but no room for dessert!

4 reviews so far 6
27.05.2016 17:14

The food and service were exceptional. Our server couldn't have been more helpful and friendly, guiding us through the menu and explaining that the ingredients are locally sourced from award winning suppliers . And that the dishes were freshly prepared and when our food arrived we were not disappointed. It was a great experience and excellent value for money. Thankyou Six Poor Folk.

Jan W.
1 review so far 5
16.11.2016 18:26

Always love the atmosphere here especially when Paul Mirfin band is playing! Disappointed with the food in that the meat served to one of the party was pretty tough however everyone else seemed very pleased. Service good in that there was a replacement meal offered but the bill was not reduced to include the cheaper meal. The service was already added to the bill and we were told it wasn't so we contributed again without realising it. Felt a bit done about that. Things always get complicated when a group is being catered for but that seems to be the nature of the beast. On the whole would go back especially for our group gatherings, the staff are always very pleasant it's just the end where you have to work out the bill, there must be an easier way!

4 reviews so far 6
20.05.2016 20:42

Another great evening at Six Poor Folk in Knaresborough. The food was as ever fantastic freshly prepared local produce served in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. We loved the new additions to the menu and are looking forward to the live music this Friday evening from 8pm, Friday Night is Music Night is now a regular event.

4 reviews so far 6
05.06.2016 18:35

Fun night out, we popped in for dinner . The food was up to Six Poor Folk's usual high standard and then stayed to listen to the band The Birdman Rallies and 6PF's resident singer Sarah Boyle. Very talented and a great evening good food, good drink and great entertainment....what more could you ask for.

Tim L.
1 review so far 6
01.11.2016 10:08

I've been waiting to go to six poor folk for a couple of years now so was really looking forward to our booking and thankfully I was not disappointed at all! The service was superb. Very friendly and efficient staff who were comfortable to make a little joke here & there and the food was amazing too. Had the Hanger Steak and it was cooked to perfection and as for the mushroom ketchup...sounded weird but can I buy a whole jar please??? Best meal out I've had in a long time. Can't wait to go again.

eric b.
1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 20:19

This was not the first time we visited SIX POOR FOLK, and this visit was just as good as previous visits. The service was first class and the staff were very attentive, but not overly so THe food was very tasty and we did not have to wait very long. COST WAS ABOUT £45.00 for two starters, main courses couple of glasses of wine and a pint...Good Value A very casual dining experience and we will most definately visit again.....LOVE IT

Carole C.
1 review so far 5
22.06.2016 02:48

Overall we enjoyed our visit to Six Poor Folk. The welcome was friendly and our table was right where we wanted it. Food was good, although my Caesar Salad was not particularly enjoyable. The rest of our party all enjoyed their food though. We will go again.

4 reviews so far 6
20.04.2016 19:22

Delicious food and great service meant we had a very enjoyable meal and drinks. Six Poor Folk really is a gem conveniently situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of Knaresborough.

Jane A.
1 review so far 3
03.06.2016 06:35

I have been to restaurant number of times and always had a good meal.Had a very poor experience on this occasion in respect of the main course - The Ploughmans. Issue was that a piece of cheese was presented that you wouldn't put in a mousetrap, and the bread was woeful. However on a positive note the service that we received was fantastic and every effort was made to rectify the issue- presented with an alternative cheese. The establishment also recognised the issues when we received the bill, without any prompting. The front of house staff were very professional and made this occasion an enjoyable experience. Don't be put of using this restaurant with my negative feedback l will go again and do hope this was a one off experience.

Andrew P.
1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 07:30

We had an excellent meal at Six Poor Folk. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant has an excellent atmosphere and we will be very happy to go again.

Bill H.
4 reviews so far 6
20.02.2017 18:59

We have eaten here three times, each time we have been surprised with the menu, always with an interesting surprise. I had the mussels, they were delicious followed by a tasty pork chop with a crisp red cabbage pickle. Our wine was also lovely, not too strong for a lunch time jolly. Certainly will return !

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 01:48

My first visit under the new management. As I told Roger yesterday evening, the food, his staff, the whole experience was simply one of excellence. I don't eat out very often myself, but am more than happy to spead the good news that this is a place where one can expect maximum satisfaction on all levels.

Bob B.
1 review so far 3
05.12.2016 18:45

Had the salad ... Mainly lettuce and leaves asked for chicken but just before the food arrived told there was no chicken but would bacon chorizo do instead. Obviously choosing something else would have delayed my meal so went with this. Poor amount of bacon and chorizo arrived but with the lighting turned down couldn't see just how poor this salad was with the lettuce. For over £10 I think salads should have peters onions cheese olives and not just lettuce. Especially if you pay extra for chicken. Have something else or go somewhere else.. So Bar does better value better food.

Sian E.
1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 06:05

We went along for an early doors drink and dinner last Friday night, had a nice bottle of Provence Rose, a pint of Roosters Yankee, a sharing fish platter and 2 mains for less than £60. Really tasty quality food and tremendous value. At last an alternative to Carriages

Louise L.
1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 03:21

Good food. Good service. Helpful friendly staff. Good atmosphere. Nice place. Reasonable priced dishes. Nice to see some decent vegetarian options too and a selection of fish and meat. Alcohol also good - selection of local beers on draught and wine good and not over-priced.

David H.
2 reviews so far 5
26.06.2016 08:17

Overall we enjoyed our visit to Six Poor Folk. The food was very good but service was quite slow. will go back again in the future.

Catherine B.
2 reviews so far 5
18.02.2017 19:34

Warm friendly service and great food. Loving the new menus offering good variety of choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers. Only one small downside, 2 of our party love a cheese board rather than desert and although on the website menus it wasn't available.

Noreen H.
1 review so far 5
04.06.2016 21:04

The flatbread was a bit hard, maybe better to use pitta bread. Service not as good as other times we have been, but think that was due to the band outside. Good idea, but not if you want to have a quiet chat with friends.

Joan A.
1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 01:24

Lovely food and really different. It's a super place and the staff were very helpful. Only one small thing stopped this getting a 6 star rating- the good could have been a bit hotter. Will be back when I am next in Knavesbrough

Peter A.
1 review so far 5
22.10.2016 18:42

Informal atmosphere and friendly staff who were attentive without being overly efficient. Our food was really tasty- well cooked steak and veg combinations we'd not had before but would have again. We love this place just need more regular baby sitters!

Catherine G.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 02:35

Good food. Friendly staff and good service- what more could you want? !! Perfect for a walk into town, so wine is a great option and the walk home ends a lovely evening.

Janice G.
1 review so far 6
18.08.2016 01:30

Lovely meal with plenty of choices for non meat eaters. Great atmosphere. They even made a desert which was not on the menu but we had it on a previous visit, thank you

Chloe T.
1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 07:20

Very lovely! Love the beer garden the best with the sofa! Was a bit too noisy with there being a children's party upstairs but the food was amazing and staff very attentive.

John R.
2 reviews so far 3
27.04.2016 20:56

We went on a Saturday night and it was really busy, the staff did seem a little flustered. I was asked if having my burger medium was OK. I said 'Yes' if only it had been it was cooked with in an inch of it's life and was pretty tasteless. My wife's steak was better and she enjoyed it. The service was pretty poor.

Emma S.
2 reviews so far 6
21.01.2017 18:14

Great food, service and atmosphere. Good and varied menu. Didn't feel rushed and the food came out hot. Log fire was very welcoming. Would definitely recommend and will go back myself.

Vicky H.
1 review so far 5
07.07.2016 18:28

always excellent food and service. the team are friendly yet professional and make you feel well looked after! you must try the sharing fish platter, omg! fish pate and bacon jam is the best thing ever!

Rachael B.
1 review so far 6
04.12.2016 09:07

Absolutely delicious and lovely atmosphere. Always good but think this was our best meal yet. Good value as well, you're not ripped off with drinks like a lot of places.

Helen B.
1 review so far 5
22.11.2016 20:47

Good food with good customer service. I have been before when it was under different management and found it lacking, however this little gem of a restaurant has improved 100% and has a bright future.

Peter S.
1 review so far 5
18.10.2016 05:50

Very good steak and great local beers. A very good local singer and rounded off with an excellent cheeseboard for me and a crumble with malt custard for my wife. We will certainly be back.

Tom B.
1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 18:22

We've eaten there before & as always the food is delicious, it's a great atmosphere & the staff are really friendly. I would definitely recommend to friends & family.

2 reviews so far 4
19.05.2016 19:15

Nice helpful staff. Food was very nice, well prepared and presented. Biggest downside was the menu was very limited and the fact that some of the items on the menu were not available even though the restaurant was very quiet didn't really help.

Tony D.
1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 17:28

A really great venue. A high standard of food (you need to try the woof fish), really friendly staff and atmosphere. I will be going back there again.

joanna c.
1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 20:22

Love this restaurant. Delicious food as always and buzzy atmosphere. Good value wine list and sensible size portions. Highly recommend 6 Poor Folk its our favourite Knaresborough restaurant.

Mark W.
1 review so far 6
11.07.2016 17:40

The food is excellent, the staff make you feel very welcome, great atmosphere, lovely surroundings. Good value for money, no long waiting for food to be served

Judi N.
1 review so far 6
04.11.2016 17:48

Great food and service. Lovely ambience. Menu is a mix of traditional and innovative offerings with plenty if vegetarian options plus the best steak for miles around.

Vicky D.
1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 17:32

Excellent food-a really well thought out menu and good setting. Reasonably priced wine, the salt cod is fantastic! Went twice in 2 weeks, other restaurants take note!

Eric C.
1 review so far 6
27.11.2016 04:50

This is a really nice friendly place with very good service. The food was nicely presented and of really good quality whilst also being very reasonably priced.

Michael G.
1 review so far 5
01.11.2016 09:18

Excellent food and great atmosphere. At the current time the restaurant is without a drinks licence so this is not ideal. However, we understand this will be sorted soon. Definitely would recommend.

Jane D.
4 reviews so far 4
19.08.2016 18:47

I had the fish cakes, they were very nice, but 2 small fish cakes and a few salad leaf's seemed a bit skinny for a main course! Staff very friendly but service was quite slow considering it was fairly quiet.

keith A.
1 review so far 4
23.02.2017 20:16

Generally good, beer was not very nice, seasonal veg tasted ok but looked like kale or cabbage with some other veg finely chopped, I was expecting broccoli and perhaps cauli, veg let it down. Was not impressed with tin dishes.

Sarah B.
2 reviews so far 6
16.10.2016 18:14

Not been for a while and we were not disappointed- excellent food and service. New menu with plenty if choice. Very happy. We will be back.

Diane M.
1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 14:47

We thorough enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious and so attractively presented and the service was excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Nick B.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 01:02

Menu not large but covers everything you could want. Wine list very reasonable. Food very good. Staff excellent. Service very good. What more can I say.

Ben V.
1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 06:12

Great food, great service! Really impressed with everything - child friendly so perfect for our family trip but also will definitely go back without the kids.

Caroline A.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 04:51

Lovely meal, enjoyed the new menu, great service, had 2 fussy children with us and they enjoyed their kids meal, we will be back :)