England > North Yorkshire > York
Rune (464) TromsÝ, Norway | February 14, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
About 10 minutes from the railway station, over the bridge, turn left, straight through the Museum Gardens and there you are at this cosy, little pub. Itís tied to the Marston Pub Company and offers five cask ales by hand-pumps. We came here early on a Saturday, at opening time 11.00, and stay here for a well-kept pint, talking to two nice German tourists. The pub promotes a traditional local feel and friendly service. There are three snug rooms, and a toilet outside in the backyard. With a history going back to 1903 there is a real heritage and Edwardian atmosphere to enjoy here. (visited, 26.01.2013).
Boudicca (900) London, England | April 28, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
A quiet down to earth Edwardian pub in a lane by the Museum Gardens.
The Minster Inn has five hand pumps. Jennings Sneck Lifter is the regular cask and there are usually around three guest ales.
Thereís a drinking corridor with a hatch into the bar, which is on the right and rather like a 1960s/70s sitting room with the chimney breast covered in neatly arranged corks. It feels very much like a localsí pub although I noticed that in the room to the left, where we sat, there was a leaflet box marked ďVisitor Information PointĒ. The second room is quite cosy, decorated in red ochre and rich green, with games like 3D noughts and crosses for the use of customers. Interestingly for me (hailing as I do from the Pennine foothills, but on the Lancashire side so in York Iím in enemy territory) there was a map of Lancashire and West Yorkshire and a sketch of Saddleworth Bank in the Square, Dobcross. I felt very much at home!
(Last visited 23 February 2012).
BlackHaddock (414) , England | April 2, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited over the weekend of the York Christmas Market (26-28 Nov 2010). This was the quietest of all the pubs I managed to get into (very busy weekend, the city was overflowing with visitors). One or two tourists in the pub, but mostly friendly locals.
We sat in the front bar, by a roaring coal fire and chatted with some regulars, didnít venture down the corridor into the back room, being happy to stay put where we were.
Cask ale and a chat, this is what this pub is all about. Just off the normal tourist routes around the city, enough not to get crowded too often and loved enough by locals to ensure youíll never drink alone in here. A proper pub.
BeeryD (15) , | January 13, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely staff and great atmosphere. The beer was well kept while a little uninspiring, but the table games and air of friendliness made up for it!
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Just out of the city walls, but close to the Cathedral and York gallery, the walk to this pub offers some of the best views on York. Its remote location and limited cask range of 5 may not be the townís best, but the walk is nice and the 3-legged mare which is an absolute must remains very close. Iíd do the walk, be it only for tourist reasons and once there, the feeling of the place is as authentic as it gets, just out of tourist reach and bursting with loud locals.
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