Wet your whistle in some of York’s finest watering hole
British cities don’t come much more British than York. Cobbled lanes, pie shops, tearooms, a dazzling gothic minster, sweet stores, ghost walks and ancient city walls. If you want somewhere quintessentially British, this is the place to come! In fact, in the older parts of town, it’s almost like being taken back in time.
When I visited York, I skipped out on a lot of the tourist hotspots. I have a brother at university there so, with him as my guide, the main plan of action was to trawl the local pubs. While not necessarily the most typical tourist venture, there really isn’t anything much more traditionally British than sitting in a pub drinking ale or cider and eating a hearty meal or two.
And, in case you needed another excuse to sit all day drinking and eating, York’s pubs actually offer a great deal of historical interest. Many of the buildings are hundreds of years old; at least a couple claim to be the most haunted pubs in York, if not the whole of the UK; and one is built on the birth place of Guy Fawkes, whose failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King is annually commemorated, on Bonfire Night, when the whole of the UK comes alight with bonfires and fireworks.
Pub Crawl around York
So – when you’re done poking round the traditional shops of the Shambles and you’ve gawped and marveled at York Minster; when you’ve polished up on your Viking history, at the Jorvik Centre, and stuffed yourself on scones and jam and had your fill of Yorkshire tea, at Betty’s Café Tearooms – here are some excellent pubs to pop into for a pint, some pub grub and, if you’re lucky, some live music:
The Golden Fleece
This long and narrow pub’s claim to fame was starring on British TV show, Most Haunted, but it has much more to offer than ghouls and ghost stories. The friendly bar staff here know their stuff when it comes to ales and ciders, the food’s good and, if you wander down to back, some nights they have excellent live music.
The Snickleway Inn
Another pub which claims to be one of the UK’s most haunted. They have a roaring fire in the colder months to sit by and read about the various spooky encounters on site.
Guy Fawkes Inn
Built on the birth site of the infamous Guy Fawkes, this pub is almost as old as its namesake and looks it! Right near York Minster it has accommodation, tables adorned with gas lamps and lots of nooks and crannies, where you can plot the revolution, or what to get for dinner, over a pint of real ale.
The Old White Swan
Situated in a collection of buildings, which date from the 16th Century, this place is also said to be haunted and is famous for exhibiting the World’s Tallest Man, in 1781. It now exhibits award winning ales and a good selection of whiskeys.
The Royal Oak
Offering locally sourced, homemade food and a good range of ales and ciders, the Royal Oak also has ghostly claims and really packs in the punters with some top-draw local bands.
If you stay in accommodation in York, all the pubs on this list are situated in the centre of York, all within easy walking distance of each other. Most serve traditional food, local ales, British cider, Gin and tonics and whiskeys and all have bags of character. Public Houses, throughout the UK, are an excellent way to escape the rain, the cold, the crowds or to relax before, after or even during sightseeing. York has some of the best pubs in the country and visiting them really is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening, mixing with the locals and experiencing something truly British.