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.
Renovation for the Nation
York pubs seem to be going refurbishment crazy this year, maybe a sign that recession is behind us now, either that or competition in York is so high there’s really no place for slackers (as our reviews will clearly point out!)
So added to my list for the next review session in May is firstly The Whippet Inn, formally The Yorkshire Hussar, a beautiful pub that suffered greatly from poor location, but has now been refurbished and reopened as a steak and ale house. We’re already hearing good things so can’t wait to visit.
Next up is Brigantes, who not only are they having a refurb but they’re knocking through into the vacant shop nextdoor to expand. Having worked on the exterior signage at my day job I’m looking forward to seeing it all finished and welcome a return there to update our review, it’s been too long.
Looking back at my post archive I notice that Ye Olde Starre Inne have been planning a refurb for a few years now, so happily they’ve announced that a massive £38k will be spent on expanding the pub this month and protecting some of the original features. We already love this pub so any improvements will surly help towards attaining a 5/5 score.
I’ve also just learnt that City Screen are undergoing a big refurbishment too which will include their popular bar area as well as the seating and other bits in the cinema, we’ve not visited yet but now I’ve heard the plans it’ll be another one to add to the list.
Judges Lodgings still has scaffolding all over it, but no word yet when it’ll reopen. Brigantes and Ye Olde Starre Inne will be open by the end of the month I beleive. Also don’t forget that The Blue Boar, formally The Little John has been going strong for a few months now, you can read our full review to be posted on Monday.
Without the Walls?
Well as we make our way through the (mostly) fine drinking establishments of York I suddenly realised we’ve only got about 28 places left to visit. Now that will probably still take us a fair while and I’ve also got a bit of a backlog of reviews to write and publish from my notes, but we always like a challenge, especially when it comes to visiting pubs.
So tentatively I’ve updated our Google Map with a selection of pubs Without the Walls, working on the basis of being within eyeshot (or there a bouts) of the City Walls. This of course is an addition to the main project that won’t be undertaken till all (or most) of the pubs within the walls are covered, but I think with having visited a few of those outside the walls already that it’d be worth our while to expand and tell you all about more great York pubs.
Stunning photo from Ouse Bridge of flooded York by night, you can just make out the Kings Arms with the water lapping at the top of the windows and the Lowther on the left. It’s looking like the peak height has been reached now which was over 5metres above normal levels, would have loved to head into town this weekend to get some snaps but I think we’ll start to see levels dropping now. I hear there’s quite a few pubs and businesses riverside that will still be closed for a few days with the clear up, so if you’re heading into York best to check what’s open first.
Credit: Ben Bently.