Review - The Nook ***
New review now online, here’s the summary:
The Nook began its life as a little coffee shop and has gently evolved into café by day and cocktail bar by night. Currently just opening late on weekends the bar is fresh faced to the York scene having only opened in December 2013. As you would expect from a café bar the only beer on offer is a few bottles, their focus is more coffee and cocktails. The prices are very reasonable considering and its relaxed friendly atmosphere is very conducive to staying for more than just the one. The building is a very narrow shop tucked in just next to The Blue Boar, a veritable nook indeed. And the interior has a wonderfully simple chic style, all chunky furniture and soft lighting. The large table in the bay windows is especially welcoming with books lining the windowsill. There is no outside space and just one shared toilet, although we found this rather quaint, it was like drinking at someone’s house. They do have live music regularly although the DJ that was on when we visited was a bit loud and not really in keeping with the vibe of the bar. We can imagine that this is also a great little coffee shop during the day as well as a very pleasant place on the evening, it seems to fill its very own nook with its offerings and we’d definitely recommend its reasonably priced cocktails that you’re after.
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Micklegate to get a new Pub! (From York Press)
A NEW bar is planned for York city-centre, in the site of a lap-dancing club that shut last year.
Amber Taverns has acquired 127 Micklegate, which housed Bohemia, and plans to open The Micklegate Tap in April.
The building was home to Harry’s Bar until 2002, then The Bedroom, then The Room, before opening as Bohemia. It has been empty since last March, when Bohemia closed amid financial troubles.
Gary Roberts, from Amber Taverns, said the pub would have a “contemporary / urban design” but with “traditional attributes and a warm and friendly feel”.
He said the pub would stock a wide range of cask and craft ales, with real ales from York Brewery featuring heavily. Other beers will include Affligem and Revisionist Craft Lager, and there will be a range of draught ciders, bottled beers, spirits and wines. The pub will not serve food.
He said: “We are really exited to be able to trade in York after years of looking for a suitable premise. We believe that we will help to re-invigorate Micklegate and compliment the existing pubs and bars in the area.”
Amber Taverns, which is based in Blackpool, announced last September that it wanted to open 30 new pubs, having agreed a major funding deal with Lloyds Bank.
The pub’s licence allows it to open until 4am daily but Mr Roberts said they would likely close at midnight most days, or 1am at weekends.
Pub Crawls Updated
Now that we have our new awesome map I’ve been working through updating the site, first main update is for the Pub Crawls page. Simply the files are now updated to the new map and our Walk the Walls Crawl, that I’ve been very keen to do, has been renamed to The Four Towers Challenge.
I’m thinking that this would be a perfect opportunity to actually sort out a bit of an event in late Spring or early Summer where we all take part in this challenge, maybe some kind of charity event. Anyone with any ideas drop me a line. Maybe CAMRA would be up for it?
In the mean time you can brows our Pub Crawls and download the updated PDFs to take with you. I’ll probably be posting some new one’s soon.
The All New Within the Walls Map
I’m very proud to present our new map! Completely designed by myself, this turned into a bit of a labour of love and became a lot more detailed than I originally planned, but hopefully it will make your explorations of York pubs that bit more easy.
I will need to update our reviews as the grid system is no longer in use, but that will come later. This map is available to download here and although 20meg is in beautifully crisp vector format so when you print it out it won’t loose an ounce of detail.
Future reviews will simply list the pub by page, I’ll get round to those updates soon, as well as the pub crawls, they’re next on the list.
You may also notice that this map also contains a number of pubs just outside of the City Walls, this is a preemptive strike on our future expansion of Within the Wall, to Without the Walls. A project that will only being once we have finished off all the City centre pubs.
So please share and enjoy the map, I hope it comes in handy, I’ve had a few messages about the old one so this one really should help. If you notice any mistakes please drop me a line!