York has some of the most historic pubs in the country that are seeped in tradition, while serving some of the finest ales and beers on the market at the moment. Here we will take a look at some of the best pubs to visit when you are in York in terms of their history and the great drinks they serve.
The York Tap
The York Tap is a traditional pub located at York Train Station, therefore visitors can step off the train to freshen up with a great beer or real ale beginning their visit to York in real old fashioned style! This pub has only been open for a year and already it has so many awards such as National Cask Pub of the Year and York CAMRA pub of the season.
This superb freehouse offers thirty two draught beers, ciders and ales meaning visitors will surely find a drink to suit. The York Tap is sited in a renovated part of the railway station that has been sympathetically restored keeping many of its original features such as the stained glass domes on the roof and the old tea room features that were originally here making the pub very attractive plus giving it real atmosphere.
The York Tap also offers a range of international bottled beers for those of us who want to take in the atmosphere of the pub but prefer a more modern drink while doing so. Visitors to York who wish to have a couple of beers in quiet surroundings that have a historic feel will really enjoy this traditional real ale pub.
The House of Trembling Madness
Now here's a name for a pub! The Trembling Madness located on Stonegate above an off license certainly fits the bill for those who wish to step back in time. The pub is sited in a first floor medieval hall that dates back to the 1100's and is riddled with atmosphere! Visitors will notice at once that the pub does not sport one particular style but is a combination of styles that have been brought together over the centuries making the pub rather unique.
The House of Trembling Madness sells rale ales to its many visitors along with continental beers and caters for those of us who like a bite to eat with our beer. It was one of the first Norman buildings to be built in that era and houses many different "heads" that can be seen adorning the walls that include bears, deer and wolves.
Situated close to York Minster this pub is a must visit for those of us who want to say they have had a beer in one of the oldest pubs in the country. The pub is also a great supporter of charities and hosts many different events throughout the year in order to do so.
The Maltings is just three minutes walk from York Railway Station and is a traditional pub that offers great ales along with delicious food all under one roof. The Maltings also serves four different types of cider, guest beers that change regularly plus the fabulous Black Sheep beer that is ever popular with its customers.
The Maltings was established in 1842 and has had a number of names throughout the years culminating in the present name that we think suits the pub well. As you would expect from a pub called The Maltings it keeps a selection of fine whiskies from all over the world including Scotland, Ireland, Japan and India, while its selection of fruit wines is second to none as most fruits you can name are featured somewhere along the line.
This family run traditional pub has traditional opening hours too that hark back to the days before all day opening. The interior has wood panelled walls, while the furnishings stick to the traditional theme with wooden stools, benches, tables and a leaded fireplace.
The Black Swan
The Black Swan was originally a private dwelling that was built in the fifteenth century and was owned by the Sherrif of York no less. The house eventually became a pub in the sixteenth century and has had many parts built onto the building over the years right up to and including the twentieth century.
The Black Swan is said to be haunted which brings in visitors who hope to come across one of the earthbound creatures during their visit. Visitors can also book one of the pubs Ghost Suppers that is preceded by a Ghost Walk around York beforhand.
The pub also has accomodation for those who dare (ghostly goings on remember) while the superb traditional decor of The Black Swan includes amazing beamed ceilings and open fireplaces. Anything and everything is served in terms of drinks including real ales, while the pub is also host to York Folk Club.
The Red Lion
The Red Lion is located on Merchantgate in the heart of the city of York, dates back to the thirteenth century and is Grade II listed. The pub has three roaring open firplaces keeping the place cosy in winter while outside there is a superb beer garden that is ideal for families in the summer.
The Red Lion is also said to be haunted a fact that attracts visitors rather than putting them off, while inside one of the chimneys is a priests hiding place harking back to Elizabethan times when Catholicism was banned and harbouring a priest was punishable by death.
Food is also served at The Red Lion plus it is homemade giving that homely feel to the place. A whole host of beers, wines and spirits are available along with soft drinks plus that all important coffee in the afternoon.