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A “public house” is an establishment where the public can meet and find a comforting drink and a delicious meal. The term public house dates back to the late 17th century, and was used to differentiate private houses from those which were open to the public as ‘alehouses’, ‘taverns’ and ‘inns’.  It is still a popular term, often called a “pub,” in Ireland and England. We opened The Public House in a space which has been a continuous drinking establishment in Ripon since the 1870s.  We think that is a fitting connection between our name and the history of our location.

In many small villages in England and Ireland, pubs are the focal point of local communities. Yet, the public house concept seems to ring true no matter where you come from. Our vision is to provide a similar meeting place for the local community. A cozy spot where you can be greeted with a smile and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. We hope to continue the age-old tradition of providing a welcoming place, open to the public, where friends and strangers alike can eat, drink and be merry!