Visited on 25th June 2016. A narrow alleyway off Stone gate brings you to this venue. Nice old pub with lots of old wood panelling in terms numerous rooms. Nice decor and a decent crowd. Beer range was decent enough with local beers featuring. Quality was decent. Prices not bad. Not a bad venue overall.
Down an alleyway off Stonegate, this eventually opens out into a small front courtyard for the pub. The building has an older world appearance and design, with the inside also atmospheric enough, although thereís a lot of modern touches given itís part of the Taylor-Walker pub chain. You should be able to find their specially brewed ale here if youíve not had it before, but it will also include a range of guests, include regional ones with Naylorís well represented at the bar on my visit. Food is served here.
Claims to be Yorkís oldest pub. Iím not sure if it is but it certainly gets the tourists in. The beer range is usually some national blands, accompanied by something more local. If your lucky it might be Jolly Sailor, or Whitby. However itís mosst likely be something from Naylors. Beer quality is also a bit of a lottery at times as well. Iíve not tried the food, but it seems to be from Taylor walker corperate menu
Visited on 22/1-2013 on The Jorvik Trail.
Older cosy pub ( claims to be the oldest pub in town ) close to the pedestrian zone. Nice deco, small different tables, friendly staff and beers are ok. Nice little beergarden in the back. Think they do traditionel pubmenu, didnt eat though.
A rather generic pub with six hand pumps and another six run-of-the-mill kegs.
Ye Olde Starre is tucked away off the street and entered through a covered alleyway. There are courtyards front and back. An old wrought iron banner across Stonegate proclaims that itís the oldest licensed premises in York although it doesnít feel particularly old inside. Itís multi-roomed with a couple of cubicle areas in the main bar. The food looked fairly standard but quite cheap. The menus are laminated and pre-printed. This fits with the rather corporate feel but itís OK as such places go.
It was here that I had what I think was my first Partners beer (Ghost). Formerly Anglo-Dutch, I understand they named their beers after Dutch sayings. My favourite is ďYou canít nail a fart to a wallĒ although, as I canít find any reference to it anywhere, this particular name may be apocryphal.
(Visited 26 February 2012).
Itís a well known York pub and so I thought worth a try. It was a Saturday mid afternoon and the pub was busy. A bog standard selection of beer, not very well kept from the pint I had and surly service from the barman. I found a place to sit, but my pint and newspaper in peace was disturbed by a bunch of Geordie halfwits conversing with each other by standing 6 inches apart and bellowing. Noticeable how other people were hurrying up and leaving while this progressed. OK, so you canít blame the pub for some of the idiots who drink there, but overall not a very good experience for a pub which could make much better use of its location and "history".
Been in here a few times, I donít really think of it as a proper beer place, just a decent pub in York with a few ales. Usually very busy and does pub food on a busy tourist street. Nothing to write home about.