Map of places

York -around the Minster 1


Hole In The Wall is red brick outside and inside. A Marston’s pub specialising in lunch and evening food. Pleasant servery  is to the left just after entering while the room opens up to the right and goes further back and round.

Yet again a haunted pub in York.

Have a pint

Real ale :      Mansfield Cask Ale;  Sunbeam (Banks);  Pedigree;

                            Battle Axe (Rudgate)

Lager:           Peroni;  Bud;  Fosters;  San Miguel; Stella;  Carling

Cider:           Strongbow and Dark Fruits;  Rekorderlig Apple                         Guinness

Eagle and Child is a Leeds Brewery pub.  A little seating either side of door then the right hand side is the servery with a tall counter not for the vertically challenged. However, around the otherside of servery is a counter at a more regular height. The room then opend out with dining tables and chairs. This these is continued in a large back room. Off of this is a large outside seating area. Decor seems a bit lacking in variety – all a bit plain. Upstairs are more rooms.

Have a pint here

Real ale :  Best; Pale ale;  Yorkshire Gold; Midnight Bell (all Leeds


Bitter:    Monsoon IPA;  Gathering Storm;  Ramen PA

Lager;     Birra Moretta; ;  Leondis Lager ;  

Cider:     Thatchers Old Rascal (real);  

Three Legged Mare is a York Brewery pub. There is seating either side of the doorway with the servery set back to the right half way into the room. Beyond the servery the pub opens out a little and has another small room just beyond. High ceiling and lots of light

It was a gallows that could hang three people at once.

Quick appearance in "Hairy Bikers' Pubs that Built Britain"

Featured in Pint To Pint, The Telegraph's crawl around Britain's best pubs

Have a pint here

Real ale :    Guzzler;  Ghost Ale;  Terrier;  (all York Brewery)

Organic Liverpool Pilsner

Bitter:   Yankee (Roosters);  Imperium;  Legion IX

Lager:     Frontier Lager; Tuborg; San Miguel;  

Cider:    Maverick Cider (real);  Thatchers Gold

The Lamb and Lion entrance is a bit hidden behind the old Botham Bar (the ancient gate). Once in to this multiroomed place, there is a rectangular room to the left with the servery on the back wall. The layout is old floorboards and five wooden tables but in such a way that people who would not go into an old cheaper bar seem quite happy for a price. The corridor from the entrance continues on with a couple of rooms around to the right and then right again. To the left there is an entrance to a very big beer garden – one of the best in the centre-overlooked by wall walk.

Have a pint here

Real ale :      Boltmaker (Timothy Taylor);  Golden Pippin (Copper Dragon); Saltire Stout Number 5; Black Sheep

Lager:    Carlsberg;  San Miguel

Cider:   Somersby;  Aspall Suffolk Guinness

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You don't buy beer, you just rent it..."





Which British river did the Romans call Sabrina?



Drink and Music


Robbie Williams

One More for my Baby

York  Arms is a  Sam Smith’s pub. The right hand door takes you to a small lounge and then on to a small seating area while the left hand door is to a large bar room. The sides are connected at back. Padded banquettes around side with some round tables. Another ghost place.

Have a pint

real ale    : Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter

Bitter         : Soverign;  India Ale

lager         :Taddy lager, Alpine, Original Organic

cider         : Cheddar Valley                                           Extra stout

trail 1 continued CAMRA branches map & links

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

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


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 1 The Minster to Monkgate - (green icons) 8+2 pubs

After staring at the front door of the Minster turn to the left and wander along the street in front of you. After the tea shop on the right is The York Arms. Further down is The Hole In The Wall followed by, at the Botham (ancient gate way) The Lamb and Lion. Coming up the other side there is The Eagle and Child and then The Three Legged Mare.

Now walking past and along the side of the Minster the road curves round and The Cross Keys appears on the corner. Up the road from this is The Golden Slipper followed by The Royal Oak.


Opposite the Cross Keys is Vahe and then just down the road is, on the right The Habit and on the left The Snickleway Inn.

York Minster trail continued