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.
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.
Review - Roman Bath ***
New review now online, here’s the summary:
The Roman Bath is a strange pub as it’s also a museum with it being located upon the remains of a Roman bathhouse, hence the name. It’s a pretty straightforward pub inside though just with the random addition of roman artifacts here and there which cheer the place up somewhat. Mainly it has a reputation as a live music venue and it was packed out when we visited with a good rock band on, the crowd was of the older persuasion but friendly enough. Considering how busy the place can get we were very disappointed by the poor selection of beer on offer, the quality wasn’t great either, although it was pretty cheap. The toilets were a bit of shabby state too. There is high praise for their small walled courtyard area though as not only do they make great use of the space with plenty of seating, heating and covers there is a hatch straight through the wall for bar service, genius idea. All in all not a bad pub if you’re after some live music but the poor beer lets it down somewhat.
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