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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Recap: York

Well there is really only one place to start AND finish a crawl in York. And luckily that place is at the train station. The Tap has quickly established itself as one of the best outlets in the country. Is it the impressive conversion of a Victorian tearoom? Possibly, but the fact that it has 18 pumps dispensing the water of life doesn’t hurt, either. Also boasting a large range of ales-10-is Brigantes on Micklegate. This Market Tavern pub was refurbished in 2013 and looks either (a) clean and contemporary or (b) sterile, depending on your perspective. The chief talking point here, however, was the autovac: a device unknown in the civilised land of Lancashire. I’m not keen on these cost-saving devices as they return the drip tray contents back into the beer line; although they do tend to deliver an aesthetically pleasing pint in the process.
(York Tap)
(Brigantes)
(Golden Ball)
(Golden Ball)
The Blue Bell on Fossgate is, of course, known for its nationally historic interior. That and for always being rammed. Uncomfortably warm in there, an escape across the street to the Ossett owned Hop proved of little relief as, understandably on a Saturday, that was also packed to the gills. Much more pleasant was the Golden Ball on Cromwell Road. This Grade 11 listed Victorian corner boozer, extensively refurbished by John Smiths in 1929, has a glazed brick exterior and its nationally historic interior boasts four rooms: bar, back room, lounge and snug. This became the area’s first co-operative local in 2013 and shows that the best people to run a pub are people who know and care about it.
(Phoenix)

(Blue Bell)
(Swan)
Yet another pub with a nationally historic interior-York is full of them, apparently-is the Swan on Bishopgate Street. This has a traditional West Riding layout that consists of a bar in a wide passageway and two rooms at either end of the bar. Another pub with a cracking interior-if only of regional historic importance-is the Phoenix on George Street. With a real log fire in the front room and bar billiards in the back, it has a warm, relaxing atmosphere that invites you to sit down and stay awhile. The Maltings at Tanners Moat is handily close to the station and boasts reclaimed doors on the ceiling and a reclaimed toilet acting as a seat in the corner as well as some fine beers. And then there’s the York Tap. Again…

4 comments:

Erlangernick said...

Definitely will avoid the place with the autovac whenever I'm back in York! I'd like to see a database of autovac places, as well as a CAMRA AGM motion next year to ban them. Nasty stuff.

RedNev said...

I wrote a post on the autovav in 2013, which caused a furious Yorkshireman to rant abusively in the comments below. I tried to reason with him and offered him the opportunity to explain why anything I was written was wrong. He couldn't.

Yes, I'd scrap them too, and I can't understand how they don't contravene health regulations.

Tyson said...

Sadly there are more of them about than you might think. I believe Market Taverns use them in all their pubs. Strangely, some people love autovacs
http://pintsizedticker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/i-love-autovac-me.html?showComment=1429784945713#c5988906041886873478

Nick Boley said...

CAMRA's Technical Advisory Group will be looking at the Autovac imminently.