What a place. Upstairs from the bottle shop. Looks old and Tudor. Tiny bar, handful of tables. Touristy, but also a student hang out. Met local students Jon, Tom and Gustave who then accompanied me on a pub crawl around the city. Tried the food too - very filling.
Visited on 25th June 2016. Single roomed pub above the Trembling Madness bottle shop.
It’s all high ceiling, wooden beams and stuffed animals on the wall. Place was full of diners and was warm and noisy. Managed to share a table and grab a quick beer. Prices and quality decent. Service quick.
It’s touristy so maybe try and avoid more popular times. It OK.
Above the drinks shop in an older world, predominantly wooden room with plenty of creaks as you move around it. There’s not a lot of space though, with very small tables in the nearly square room. The service area is small but packs in choices on cask and keg, all of which are worthwhile, backed up by a good bottle choice - which you kind of expect given the bottle shop is below.
This medieval drinking area is now extremely popular, and often now difficult to get into. 7 pr 8 beers on either cask or keg, with range of bottles, plus the option of bringing things up from the excellent shop downstairs.
Strebs (213) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015| Updated April 24, 2015
Even though this place doesn’t have a great selection of beers, I really liked being able to make a selection downstairs and have the lads or lasses chill it for you for quaffing upstairs. The meat and cheese platters were magnificent! The place was crawling with students and tourists and everybody added to the bonhomie of the gathering. On one occasion I was seated next to a table full of visitors from Japan and they could not have been more delightful. This place probably doesn’t appeal to the beer cognoscenti, but they would be missing a great time! Recommended!
Inviting bar upstairs from the beer shop. Heaps of wood, stuffed animals and such. Very busy but managed to grab a seat at the small bar so I didn’t order any food but it looked tasty. The crew were busy pouring pints and prepping plates of food in a rather confined space. Good atmosphere. Really liked it up here.
Rune (630) Tromsø, Norway | July 31, 2014| Updated August 1, 2014
(A review of the bar, not including the excellent beer shop downstairs). Last time I visited York it was too crowded to find a free chair here. This time we went before noon on a Friday and found the place rather empty (for a while). It’s a medium sized, four-sided room located in the first floor of in a timber framed building (15th century) with a small serving bar near the entrance. Only three cask ales from microbreweries in Yorkshire added by a few on keg. Exhibition of animals heads on the walls. Polite service. The place is special for its old charm and worth a visit. Entrance from the shop downstairs (visited 11.07.2014).
Finally got to call in here after hearing about this place for so long, but sadly left disappointed. Went straight upstairs where the dining area was pretty cramped, full of tourists marvelling at the dusty stuffed animals and wooden beams.
They are the only selling point for this place. The staff are pretty clueless and kitchen looked filthy. I ordered a pie which never arrived. When I asked about it 30 mins later, I got baffled looks. Asked for a refund and got no apology.
I asked one member of staff if the ciders were local. She said no. I googled the ciders and they are produced about 20 mins North from York. If you don’t know, fair enough but don’t lie.
Sad to say but felt like a tourist trap. Beer room downstairs felt like walking into an oven too.