The Ugly Duckling

    Riverside Tearooms, Knaresborough



Party  Bookings







Find Us





The Ugly Duckling is set in a beautiful spot by the River Nidd in Knaresborough at the end of the Municipal Car Park. So when you arrive in Knaresborough it is ideal for you to pop in and see us and partake of a coffee and cake, or whatever takes your fancy, before heading into the town.

It is an ideal starting or finishing point for walkers, and a convenient stopping off point for cyclists.

The tearoom will be fully open from 2nd December. Our normal menu will be available and we still have some spaces for our pre booked Christmas Lunches.

We also have an outside seating area overlooking the river.

Tier 2 government restrictions apply.

Please call us on 01423 868090 if you wish to reserve a table.

Gluten free available if required.

We will be happy to take table bookings via either telephone or email on 01423 868090 or Please leave your name, number of people, (max 6 at present), time and date of booking together with a phone number for us to confirm.

Boxing Day Special Menu

From 2nd December we will have a special Christmas Lunch menu alongside our normal menu Tuesday to Friday. Places are limited so if you wish to book please message us at or via facebook with your choices date, time and details before 20th November. We may also have a few spaces for an early evening Christmas meal (same menu) on 11th December if you can get a group of 4 to 6 people and are interested. Due to possible government changes no deposit is required at present. We only ask for your support. Please see Christmas Menu here.

* * *


All our customers are now required to wear a face mask when entering, leaving and moving around inside the tearoom unless you carry a medical exemption card or are a child under the age if 11.  Face masks can be removed whilst seated at the table. Our lovely staff will serve you and all will be wearing masks and sanitising after each guest has left as usual.

We cannot accept table bookings of more than 6 people at present. They should be within the same family unit or within a support bubble.

We will continue to collect information for Track and Trace either through our book at the counter or via the Covid19 QR app from tomorrow 24th September 2020. The lead person in the family should complete this.

We are also able to accept take away orders. Please call us on 01423 868090 Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm and we will be happy to prepare your order for collection.