Lovely place with a character cellar bar, several dining rooms, well liked food and outside seating; stylish bedrooms
The good pub guide review
If you fancy a few days exploring York, this traditional Georgian townhouse is a lovely place to stay, with 21 recently revamped, comfortable and well equipped bedrooms, both large and small; there are York Minster views across the rooftops from some. The bar is in the cellar (and open for drinks and food all day) with fine vaulted ceilings, upholstered dining chairs and sofas on big flagstones, Thwaites Amber, Gold, IPA, Mild and Original on handpump and 17 wines by the glass (including fizz). This leads to a dining room and on to a bright and airy garden room, both of which have green-painted farmhouse chairs around blonde wooden tables on pale floorboards. On the first floor is what they call the Medicine Cabinet ' a bar/reception area for both hotel and dining guests ' with quirky men's trouser-leg stools by the bar counter, grey button-back leather armchairs on either side of the fireplace and plaster judges' heads on Farrow & Ball paintwork. Leading off here are two more dining rooms with leather chesterfields and more upholstered chairs around a mix of tables on bare boards, painted panelling, tall window shutters, chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors and some unusual wire sculptures ' it's all very smart and civilised. There are modern seats and tables between lavender pots at the front of the building, white metal furniture beside the garden room, and traditional wooden chairs, tables and picnic-sets in the rear courtyard.
The good pub guide food review
As well as breakfast and afternoon tea, the rewarding food includes sandwiches (until 5pm), tempura tiger prawns with fennel relish and apple and herb salad, crispy pork belly bites with barbecue sauce and pork crackling, sharing plates, chestnut mushroom, pearl onion and leek pie, moules frites, a range of steaks, mac 'n cheese with basil pesto, 10oz gammon steak with fried duck egg, sweet pickled pineapple and thick-cut chips, and puddings such as black forest gateau with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice-cream.