Outside the Walmgate entrance to the city on the opposite side of the road, this is a split level real ale pub with the bar in the rear area of the lower front section which has two entrances. It has a cosy traditional feel to it and plenty of rotating cask ales from microbreweries.
A fairly decent walk past the very end of the city walls, a few decent ticking opportunities up Fossgate but this is a steady ten minute stretch from there. The pub is a low slung, fire feature, corner booth haven with nice and sedate atmosphere (no football) and decent music on our visit. There are eight cask taps of incredible value although slightly treacherous blonde/bitters on my visit.
The beerlist rotates on a large screen, including price/style/ABV. Casks don’t seem to sit around for too long according to our barman - and the price per pint (most under £3) underlines this. You’d fail not to get a handful of ticks for your efforts and if not there are 3/4 local kegs at equally decent value (Northern Monk on my visit). Food seemed to be standard one-man-and-a-microwave efforts and we went elsewhere after an enjoyable hour.
(I did get overcharged which was swiftly corrected on my first visit to the bar; likely more my fault for being the barman’s ear than his).
An absolute gem of a pub, which, although still owned by Castle Rock, is free of tie. The 8 hand pumps have a constantly changing range of beers from Micro’s throughout the country. It may not be as historic as some in the centre, but is always a pleasant place for a drink. Prices are very reasonable for york. Food is burger based, which is also good value . Well worth the walk out
Was rather dull and boring, when we there there, not on account of beer but overall vibe, servce, and ambiance. They did have a few unique tsps including odd keg craft beer. Not a favorite pub of York but worth a visit for the beer, especially when walking around the city walls as it’s near a gate.
A likable and consistent British pub very close to the medieval gateway (Walmgate Bar) of the old city walls, and just across the street from Waggon & Horses. The pub is now a free house, no longer with ties to the Castle Rock Brewery. Eight active hand pumps for cask ales and seven on keg. We had ales from smaller microbreweries like Hop Studio, Magpie and Blue Bee. A kind of strange to be in a pub in York and listen to music from our hometown in Norway. It turned out that the barman had some relation to Tromsø. Apart for Pussycats we enjoyed classic Rolling Stones tunes, like Little Red Rooster – one of the best pieces of music ever made… (visited, 26.01.2013).
Visited on 22/1-2013 on The Jorvik Trail.
Larger, modern pub just outside the citywall. The deco, a bit modern and seems like a young peoples place ( we were though welcome :-) ).
Great variaty in the beers, from several microes in the local area. Not all the beers were in the best condition. Friendly staff and nice, quiet music. A fireplace as well, with a sign " Out of Order "...
A large, slightly shabby pub with friendly service and a good range of beers on tap and in bottles.
The Rook and Gaskill is a freehouse but it’s owned by Tynemill (essentially Castle Rock), which explains why there were so many Castle Rock beers on offer, although there was a good range of others too. It’s on two levels and seems a little bit run down but we enjoyed our visit nevertheless. It was a Saturday evening and surprisingly quiet.
The pub’s motif is an etching of two nooses, a reference to the pub having been named after Leonard Gaskill and Peter Rook, the last people to be executed at St Leonard’s gallows down the road in Green Dykes. They were hanged on 1 May 1676. Their crime? Stealing 13 sheep from a John Brown of Driffield.
(Last visited 25 February 2012).