Pubs in York: take a historic pub crawl

England is well known for its historical pubs, some dating back to the middle ages, and what better place to do a historic pub crawl than York?

York Pub Crawl

As one of England’s most historical cities, there are plenty of pubs in York worth a visit.

Copyright: Phil Wiley

Copyright: Phil Wiley

Ye Olde Starre Inn which is in Stonegate, a quaint narrow paved street, is my favourite pub in York. It’s hard to walk past it without popping in for a pint of cider, or Theakston’s Old Peculiar (a Yorkshire beer). They also do great ‘pub’ lunches, and the atmosphere is not too bad either 🙂 You’ll have the time of your life. Especially if you’re on a York pub crawl with your mates.

Not only that, but being the oldest pub in the city, Ye Olde Starre Inn holds real historical significance. It dates back to 1644,  the time of King Henry VIII’s reign, and is the subject of many ghost stories. The Battle of Marston Moor was fought near York in the English Civil War and the Inn’s cellar was used as an operating room for the wounded. It is said their screams of pain can still sometimes be heard throughout the pub. Another interesting story is that of the two cats who were apparently bricked into the pillar between the door and the bar. It is said the cats can be heard scampering through the pubs and that dogs bark and hit their heads against the pillar trying to get to the cats.

York Pub Crawl – The King’s Arms

Another pub in York that is of particular interest is the Kings Arms. This is one of, if not the best known, of the pubs in York. As you wander inside to the warm, friendly atmosphere take a moment to look around. As you are greeted by the smiling staff and a friendly open fire (in the colder months) you will notice the pub’s inside decor of stone and wood features plaques of water heights.

The Kings Arms is best known for its capacity to flood. Being located on the banks of the River Ouse, every time the river bursts its banks the famous York pub goes under water. When it’s not flooded they serves up a fantastic king-sized meal. Sit inside by the fire, or on the banks of the River Ouse and have a pint or two and a bite (well a lot of bites) to eat.

York and the surrounding area is said to contain one pub for every day of the year, although this now probably a little exaggerated. It is said, with poetic licence, that there is no point within the city walls where one can stand and not be able to see at least one pub and at least one church. So if you like English beer go on a York pub crawl.

by Kate Wiley



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This is the Ghostly Pub Tour of York as Detective O’neil takes the general public to the most haunted pubs around the city of York.

York Pub Crawl – The Golden Fleece

The Golden Fleece is an inn in York, England, which has a free house pub on the ground floor and four guest bedrooms above. It was mentioned in the York City Archives as far back as 1503 and is rumoured to be haunted. The inn claims to be the most haunted public house in the City of York. The back yard of the inn is named “Peckitt’s Yard” after John Peckett, who owned the premises as well as being Lord Mayor of York around 1702. His wife Lady Alice Peckett is said to haunt the pub, which was featured on the British TV programme Most Haunted in 2005.

[caption id="attachment_861" align="alignright" width="400"] The Golden Fleece, York – Photo: Phil Wiley[/caption]

“Many guests have reported seeing the late Lady Peckett wandering the endless corridors and staircases in the wee, small hours and, including ghostly apparitions and moving furniture, hers is just one of the five resident spirits.”

The pub is situated on The Pavement in the centre of York, opposite the historic Tudor street called The Shambles.It has a recognisable large golden fleece (dead sheep) hanging above the door. Nearby attractions also include the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall (who were former owners of the inn themselves), Cliffords Tower, and York Minster….source:

York Pub Crawl – York Brewery

York Brewery opened in May 1996 in York, England using the disused brewery equipment of Lions Original Brews from Burnley and was the first brewery within the city walls for 40 years. In 2007, it expanded so to increase its output by 50 per cent. In December 2008 York Brewery was taken over by Mitchell’s Hotels and Inns of Lancaster which plans to expand its business and create jobs.

It produces award-winning ales (and what other kinds do you want to drink on your York pub crawl 🙂 )

The brewery’s ‘Centurion’s Ghost Ale’ was named champion in the Brewing Industry International Awards 2002 and won the ‘Best Strong Bitter’ Gold Medal at the Great British Beer Festival in 2006 and 2007. Its beer, ‘Guzzler’ won the gold medal in the bitter category of the Small Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) North Beer Competition in January 2006 and the gold medal in the bitter category of the North Beer Competition, held by the Society of Independent Brewers, in January 2007. ‘Yorkshire Terrier’ won the bronze medal in the Champion Beer of Britain competition held at the Great British Beer Festival in 2000, and the silver medal in the Society of Independent Brewers North Beer competition in February 2003.

The brewery produces four ales year-round: Yorkshire Terrier, Stonewall (removed as a permanent for 2009, replaced by Constantine), Guzzler and Centurion’s Ghost, as well as several seasonal ales. Centurion’s Ghost Ale, which is 5.4% alcohol by volume, is York Brewery’s strongest beer and is named after an incident when an apprentice plumber saw Roman soldiers marching through the cellar of Treasurer’s House in York. ‘Brideshead Bitter’ was produced in conjunction with Castle Howard, where scenes from the television series Brideshead Revisited were filmed.

The brewery is located centrally within York on Toft Green, and offers tours of its facilities to the public. As well as producing ales, the brewery also runs three pubs within York, namely The Three-Legged Mare, The Last Drop Inn and The Yorkshire Terrier Inn, and one, Mr. Foley’s Cask Ale House, in Leeds. Its beers are however available in many other pubs throughout York and the wider Yorkshire area.


Best Pubs in York for your historic York pub crawl.

The Maltings: Tanners Moat ,York, Yorkshire ,YO1 6HU (just over the river from York city centre)

Good food and beer including Black Sheep Bitter, plus the landlord keeps six guest ales on hand pump including one each from Roosters and York and four that change daily.
The Good Pub Guide calls it  a “Bustling, friendly city pub with cheerful landlord, interesting real ales and other drinks plus good value standard food”

The Golden Fleece: 16 Pavement, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9UP

Small city centre pub with good beer and added ghosts.

The Three Tuns: 12 Coppergate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9NR

Sizeable lively open-plan pub, four well kept ales such as Wychwood and Jennings, decent generous food from sandwiches up

The King’s Arms: 3 Kings Staith, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9SN

Fine riverside position (prone to flooding – past water levels shown), bowed black beams, flagstones, lunchtime food from sandwiches up, Sam Smiths; picnic-sets out on cobbled waterside terrace, open all day. It’s great York city centre location on the banks of the River Ouse means it’s often crowded and on sunny days hard to get a seat outdoors. But it should definitely be on your list for your York Pub Crawl. Unless it’s flooded of course 🙂

Ye Old Starre Inn: 40 Stonegate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 8AS

My favourite pub in York, probably because my cousin Pete Wiley used to work in there as a barman, but it’s a must on your York pub crawl, with good food and more importantly lots of good beer.

Tweets about pubs in York:


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Friday, April 27, 2012 9:12:53 PM



RT @yorkunirealale: #SocietyEv??ent Week 2 – Pub Crawl. Meet at The York Tap, 20:30, this evening.

Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:31:56 PM


Out in York on the vodka and it’s still Raining the best pubs are under water flooded. ?????

Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:20:52 AM


Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:54:18 AM

@hayleyjgreen oh so jealous. There are so many great pubs in York. Would kill for a pint now!


Doing a mini pub crawl in York, love the oldy worldy pubs! 🙂

Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:04:35 AM


Next First Thursday 1st Dec sees the return of our Ale Trail round some great York pubs. Get it in the diary! Details to follow #yorkbeer

Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:23:33 AM


@Brad_Eveleigh Hope you enjoyed York, one of my fav cities!! #loveit hope u saw the minster,the old walls! The Shambles area! Some gud pubs!

Saturday, November 19, 2011 1:59:12 AM


@minkewales York pubs: Lendal Cellars, Ye old starre (?) Inn, Minster Inn, Guy Forks, Last Drop Inn, 3 Legged Mare. Courtesy of @Samwise1701

Thursday, November 17, 2011 4:39:15 AM


On the lookout for York pubs of the good beer variety in the city centre. Mixed group but all like ale! #york

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:39:29 PM


Do you like York pubs? Tell us which one is your favourite!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:36:05 PM

Trail of historic pubs in #York planned for Thursday 21 April…Next day is Good Friday, perfect! Want to join me? Starting at @YorkBrewery

By ArfDaily at 02/17/2011 8:46

@Mrfoleys do any of the other York brewery pubs have Sky Sports? Can’t see anything on the website. Thinking about the LUFC game on twissup

By tunks23 at 02/15/2011 23:01

Having a great time in #York , been to yorvic , then had a nice meal in Henry j beans now off to hit the pubs !!

By Wardle_y2k at 02/15/2011 3:17

@davesimps0n Good Friday is 22nd April. York Brewery Pubs pub crawl day!

By djcox at 02/15/2011 2:56

At ye old starre inn with momma. Lunchtime!

By sazisaband at 02/17/2011 22:38

@DanTheBrush Some great pubs in York 🙂

By TheVodkaYeti at 02/18/2011 7:15

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One thought on “Pubs in York: take a historic pub crawl

  1. Taking a trip to York next week, going to dedicate a couple of evenings to checking this lot out. Can’t wait!

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