Not the smallest pub I’ve ever been in, but in the top 2: Hanging on to its "local" feel with admirably grim determination. "No groups" warns the notice on the door: Mal and I wondered if we constituted a group. Dark and snug inside, like the pubs of my ’70s youth. About 6 pumps, and we enjoyed a swift pint of Roosters All-star. It was crowded, but that wouldn’t take much: The coal fire on an unseasonably warm February day contributed to a slightly muggy atmosphere.
Visited on 17th December 2016. Two roomed heritage pub across the road from the Hop. A corridor connects the two rooms and provide additional space for standing. I headed to the back room and managed to find a seat. Had to peer through the hatch to get saved, had a decent range of cask beer, I managed to pick up a new beer here too. Service was good, prices decent. It’s a really nice old pub and is probably a nicer venue than beer destination.
Visited with Gustave and Jon on a York pub crawl. The door you choose determines the course of your evening, since there are lots of nooks and crannies. The pictures on the wall confirm your choice. Small but interesting beer list. Cozy traditional place.
This is a cramped but wonderfully atmospheric heritage pub across from Hop. Behind the brick frontage is a two roomed public house with the bar facing the front window and stretching from wall to wall. There’s a few small tables between here and the window, and people are encouraged to share tables and chat given the lack of space. All the taps and cask pumps are here as there’s only a hatch for service if you are in the back room. This one is slightly bigger, but not by much, however it’s the best room and is beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. The hallway that you’ll enter to get in either room has a small ledge for standing drinkers, and is divorced from the more atmospheric parts of the pub.
PietS (81) Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands | March 21, 2016
Great old-style bar: cosy atmosphere, nostalgic decor, nice people. The beer selection is not very extensive, but they have some interesting beers. We had no trouble visiting on a saturday night at about ten, but I can imagine it gets easily crowded.
We have been visiting the Blue Bell for many years, it is now under new management but is run largely in the same manner. Because it can get inundated with visitors it does run a bit of a strict policy on who can enter, particularly with large groups, this can make it feel unwelcoming. The beer range is small, but so is the pub. Lovely fixtures and fittings, all handed down. Well worth a look.
The most quintessential local that I’ve ever visited. Although there is not a selection of beers to satiate true beer geeks, places like the Blue Bell are to be treasured. Thanks to Rune for his recommendation to stop here. Highly, highly recommended!
Visited 25 October ’14. Possibly the quirkiest pub in York. Very small but inside oozing character - little changed since Edwardian times. Good selection of cask beers, very friendly service and locals