Review - The Phoenix Inn ****
New review now online, here’s the summary:
Nestled right up against the south side of the City Walls the Phoenix is very much removed from the City centre but definitely worth the extra distance as you are rewarded with a very pleasant traditional and well-kept pub. It feels a lot like an upmarket local and the décor is all gleaming brass and ambient candle light. They have a good selection of real ales which are regularly changed although the prices are average. As is traditional with this type of Victorian pub the front snug is warm and welcoming with the bar and an open fire, the back room has plenty of seating tucked away, including a bar billiards table, which they regularly use as part of the pub team. The yard to the back is peaceful and airy, looking directly onto the City Walls, a real treasure of an outside space in warmer times. You can clearly see why The Phoenix keeps winning CAMRA awards, especially with its quite isolate location they really have put their heart and soul into a proper community pub that is still well presented and welcoming to all.
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Within the Walls Map
Finally got round to updating our map, the full downloadable pdf version is available on the site now. I did have to reduce the size of the markers a little as there are now so many pubs and bars opening down the same streets that it was getting a little crowded. As ever if you do notice any errors please get in touch.
We’ve now installed a new search bar feature on the website, so if you’re a little overwhelmed searching alphabetically through our reviewed pubs you can now simply type in what you’re after. Technology eh!
Congratulations to The Golden Fleece for Winning the 2013 Best Pub/Bar Award at the Visit York Tourism Awards, closely pipping the post over The Maltings, The Akhorne, Trembling Madness and Evil Eye. Very much deserved, although not our top choice (wink at the Maltings), but either way very well done, and second year in a row that is good going.
Here’s a little reminder about what we had to say in our review on this four star scoring Pub:
Renowned as one of the most haunted pubs in York and cashing in heavily on this fact The Golden Fleece manages to stay off too much kitsch ghost paraphernalia with just a fake skeleton hanging out back. Established in 1503 its extensive history as a public house makes it also one of the oldest in York, retaining many features from throughout the ages. The front of the building hints at the narrowness of the pub but hardly gives away how far the building actually goes back, it’s a lot bigger than you’d think. There is a small room and bar at the front then as you tilt yourself and traverse the old rickety floor down to the bottom of the pub there’s a bigger bar area with a wonderful range of beers and access out to a large decked courtyard, which with its covered pergola sections and ample seating is a lovely secluded gem of outside space. Apparently the wonky floors also hark back to the fact that The Golden Fleece was built on wooden foundations, either way although not brilliant for access it really does add some spooky fun-house style charm. Also with full suites of amour and many other traditional pub trinkets throughout it really is does have charming appeal. The only thing that lets them down somewhat is the terrible state of the toilets, very grotty compared to the rest of the well maintained building. The Golden Fleece is still an essential stop, especially the beer garden.