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York -  around King's Square 1


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York is a walled city in North Yorkshire. The city was founded by the Romans and has been an important part of British history ever since. The city became a major trading and religious centre. Eventually chocolate and railways became the major industries in York, though they have now declined. At present the biggest employers are in service industries.

York is easily reached by road or train and has many attractions for tourists. Cars can easily be parked for a week while attractions, shops, cafes restaurants and bars keep a visitor occupied.

Places to visit

York Minster a medieval cathedral while Clifford’s Tower is most of what remains of York castle.

Jorvic centre celebrates the Viking influence on York

National Railway Museum brings us more into the present past.


York is a place where many people enjoy a pub crawl as it is full of interesting bars.


Almost all pubs do food.


Lots have outside seating.


Most have some sort of courtyard to the rear for smoking if not sunbathing.


Several have room top terraces.


York CAMRA offers a map identifying real ale pubs.


Steve Bastables gives his take on many pubs in York


There are five pub crawls illustrated for York involving 39 drinking establishments. Several pubs feature in more than one crawl.

All journeys start from the Minster which is the tallest place in York

1.   Around The Minster.

2.   In the middle lanes

3.   Down Stonegate

4.   Around King's Square

5.   About Fossgate

Trail 4 - Around Kings Square (Red icons) 8+2

From the front door of the Minster walk along and past the right hand side where the road curves round and The Cross Keys appears on the corner.

Additions - go up from here and there is the Golden Slipper and The Royal Oak.

Turn right into Goodramgate to discover The Habit and opposite it The Snickleback Inn and further down on the right is The Old White Swan.

Keep going across the crossroads to Church St and there is the Golden Lion on the right, continue along and turn left into Patrick Pool and as this narrows there is Pivni

Leaving here continue down the alley and turn left. This will take you to a small square where there is The Duke of York and on the road beyond this The Last Drop.

Cross Keys is one of four Nicolson pubs in the centre of York. This one is situated at a Y-junction and spreads down both streets. The servery has a similar shape serving two sides of a triangle. There is plenty of comfortable seating and ding tables and chairs. Some rooms around the right hand side and here is also an outside courtyard looking out towards the minster.

Have a pint here

Real ale :     Red Macgregor (Orkney):  Nicolsons PA;  Three Swords;  Dick Firkin;  Britannia

                     (Navigation); John Smiths; The Rev James Rye; Off The Wall

Lager:         Becks;   Stella;  Peroni;  Carling

                 Aspall Suffolk;  Strongbow

Two additional visits

Golden Slipper is a multiroomed traditional bar. The entrance takes you along a short corridor to the main bar area with the servery ahead on the left. There is seating round to the left between the window and the servery. Off to the right are two smaller rooms and just beyond the bar area a small ‘library’ room. There is an outside courtyard at the back. Offers food.

Have more here

Real ale :    Farmers Blonde (Bradfield);  Bombardier;  Golden Pippin (Copper Dragon); Timothy Taylor Golden Best

                    ; Proper Job (St Austel)

Bitter:         John Smiths

Lager:         Coors;  Carling;  Heiniken; Amstel

                  Milestones cloudy cider;  Strongbow Guinness

Royal Oak has 17th Century Inn emblazoned outside (perhaps 1591) on a mock Tudor frontage. Inside is a corridor where there is  a small sitting room to the right;  with a small bar first left then further on, still left,  a lounge. The servery is in the middle and serves both these  areas. Food is important in the lounge which also has a small seating area up a few steps. The back lounge has been tastefully and carefully decorated and then has red fairy lights hanging around the room.

Have a pint here (in the bar)

Real ale :  Golden Salamander; Dark Island;  Old Peculiar;  Rev James (Brains); Theakstons Best Bitter

Lager    :Becks;  Carling;  Estrella

The Habit is another pub with a shop window appearance; however, it is not a bottle shop. Downstairs is a small room, which narrows with depth, with small servery at the far right. Downstairs has very basic tables and chairs while upstairs has low couches and low tables. There is also a terrace with York Minster touring over it. Food is recommended. Music most nights. Kegs piled in corners.

Have a pint here.

Real ale : Absolutely (Madness) ; Hobgoblin; New World;  Old speckled Hen

Craft:       Shipyard Pale Ale  13 Guns IPA (Thwaites)

Lager:;    Krusovice;   Leffe;  Estrella;  San Miguel; King Star (Wychwood)

Cider:     Rekorderlig   Apple ;  Strawberry Lime Guinness

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