Beginning tonight The Attic, part of Harlequin Coffee House opens it’s doors into the evening too, bringing us The Attic by Night, including many more craft ales. Good to see the place get this extra licencing for every Friday and Saturday night. They’re launching with a special Oktoberfest style evening. We hope to be able to make it down on our next Review session, unfortunately we were not free this weekend.
Sutlers bar and restaurant to open in former Army and Navy Stores (From York Press) by Alex Ross
WORK is under way on a new bar and restaurant to replace a well-loved family-run shop in York city-centre.
The former Army and Navy Stores at the top of Fossgate is being turned into Sutlers, a venue with a ground floor bar and first floor restaurant with room to cater for 150 diners.
The store closed in the summer of 2012 after 93 years in the city, and builders have now moved into the empty space.They hope to be open by the end of the year.
Andrew Moller, of P.E.B Architects, the firm behind the plans, said: “The existing shop fronts have been removed and we are in the process of getting everything finalised through the planners to get three new shop fronts, but retain one which is part of the listed building.
"At the moment we think there will be about 130 in the restaurant but it can accommodate up to 150.
"We are hoping to be open before Christmas."
The plans are being spearheaded by Cleethorpes businesswoman Rachel Greaves, who submitted a planning application to City of York Council with the hope of altering the premises last year.
Richard Beal, the owner of the bar, said: “Working with the council and taking into consideration the historic nature of the building, we are investing heavily into bringing what was once a popular store back to life.
“Having spent a great deal of time designing the internal layout we started work on the renovation of the property in August and hope to be open before the end of this year.
“Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for anyone who would like to take time out for a coffee, good food or a drink to enjoy with friends.
“We are really excited about this development and are looking forward to sharing more details about our offering and opening over the coming weeks.”
Sutlers will be the latest in a string of new bars or cafes to open in Fossgate in recent years. City-centre councillor Brian Watson has voiced concern that too many businesses are being turned into pubs, bars or restaurants, and police have also said that York city-centre has reached saturation point for licensed premises.
This is probably going to be one of the last new bar/restaurants in York now that licensing has been restricted, but we have been waiting for further news on this site for some time, so nice to see development has started. Fossgate really is developing into a wonderful little area of the city and I look forward to visiting Sutlers once it opens.
York Beer Festival Part Two
Well we returned to the festival for a very successful Friday night, possibly one of the busiest I’ve ever seen! We met up with York Ale Guru once more and worked our way through our wishlist. Obviously most of the LocAle winners and more popular beers had already sold out but we still managed to have consistently great or outstanding beers!
Our highlights were Anarchy - Algorithm, a superb Belgian Wheat beer, The Hop Studio - Obsidian, a perfectly balanced Black IPA, Brass Castle - Annexation, a smooth and mighty rich Imperial Russian Stout, Hay Rake - Dawn’s Called Thyme, a stunning unique beer infused with thyme, this would have been perfect with Sunday dinner, amazing stuff! And of course I took a little return to Daleside - Monkey Wrench our favourite from the LocAle judging. A stunning amount of great beers to try, we were very impressed by the choice and the dedication of the volunteers to organise such a great festival. We had a great two night and look forward to an even bigger and better festival next year. If you missed it, shame on you! To those that ran it, a huge thanks. We may even come help out next year!
York Beer Festival Day One
Well we were very pleased to be asked to be on the panel judging the shortlist for the LocAle awards and we had a great time scoring all the beers with York Ale Guru, Beer Hawk Maggie and Alan P, generally the consistency was outstanding, just a few that weren’t so good and we put that down to them just not being ready. Our personal top three are as follows:
- Daleside - Monkey Wrench
- Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout
- Hop Studio - XP & Brass Castle - Wallop (Joint)
The official LocAle winners for the festival were:
- Bad Company - Comfortably Numb
- Brass Castle - Wallop
- Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout.
We were stuck at the Brass Castle & Bad Seed bar for a good few hours to begin with and we highly recommend this as first port of call when you go to the festival. Both breweries putting on a superb and diverse selection. Highlights being Bad Seed’s Smoked Maple Belgian Ale and Brass Castle’s First Gold, a wet hop ale using local hops from Yorkshire Hops. Wallop was a clear favorite again, even stronger than last year, although we did prefer it aged in port barrels rather than the sherry barrels used this time. But still a great beer.
A couple of other beers we would recommend would be Rudgate - Brew No.1 Vanilla Mild, York Brewery - Moors-ish and Treboom - Myricale. It’s also worth checking out the small but wonderfully unique Foreign Beers bar, some wonderful examples from all over the world that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK!
Obviously with over 450+ beers to choose from there’ll be much more out there to recommend, we’re heading back on Friday with our programme’s all noted up for round two. Look out for more info then.
6th Knavesmire Beer Festival 2014
Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you should be aware of the imminent return of the York Beer & Cider Festival next week. Latest stats topping out at 450+ beers to be available over the four days, the especially good news it that over 300 of those will be sourced from Yorkshire itself, an impressive feat and a wonderful celebration of our great counties diversity of ale!
We are also very pleased to have been asked to sit as judges on the LocAle Awards panel, so right from the get go Within the Walls will be in attendance tweeting you our first responses to some of the best beers that will be there. Look out for us at the Trade session after the judging and come say hello. We’ve also planned to attend on Friday and possibly Saturday, but if last year is anything to go by you really want to get their early to try the most popular beers. We’re looking forward to trying some first harvest ales too, as quite a few local breweries are utilizing fresh hops from Yorkshire Hops which will hopefully be ready in time.
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We hope to see you there.