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About Us

The Royal Shepherd The Royal Shepherd is the only pub in the country to have the name. The pub is thought to have been named after George III at the beginning of the 19th century.
He was nicknamed Farmer George after creating model farms at Windsor, and The Royal Shepherd is thought to have been named in his honour in keeping with Skipton's agricultural and sheep farming connections.

A "charter" outlining its royal connections that used to hang on the wall but went missing when the pub was closed for several months in 2011.


The Royal Shepherd Inn, which has been haunted since 1782 by the ghost of John Southworth who was murdered there. As well as Molly Barker and her faithful dog, Tag, who still haunts the Canal path to this day.

Today we aim to preserve the traditional character of the pub whilst providing you with all the comforts of modern life. From showing live sporting events including premier league football and international rugby to live bands and acoustic acts to free WIFI, all within the setting of our dog friendly, canal side pub servings traditional food and drink. 

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