Bustling, friendly city pub with cheerful landlord, interesting real ales and other drinks plus good value standard food
The good pub guide review
If you're looking for a down-to-earth pub with a large range of drinks and good value food in quirky surroundings, well, here it is. Interesting drinks kept by the convivial, hard-working landlord include Black Sheep Best, Roosters YPA, Treboom Yorkshire Sparkle, York Guzzler and three quickly rotating guests, often from local microbreweries, six continental beers on tap, four craft beers, lots of bottled beers, four farm ciders, 15 country wines and 22 whiskies from all over the world. The atmosphere is bustling and friendly and the electic décor is strong on salvaged junk: old doors for the bar front and much of the ceiling, a marvellous collection of railway signs and amusing notices, an old chocolate dispensing machine, cigarette and tobacco advertisements alongside cough and chest remedies, what looks like a suburban front door for the entrance to the ladies', partly stripped orange brick walls and even a lavatory pan in one corner; games machine. The day's papers are framed in the gents'. The pub is very handy for the station and also the National Railway Museum; nearby parking is difficult. Please note that dogs are allowed only after food service has finished.
The good pub guide food review
Great value food ' at lunchtime only ' includes sandwiches and toasties, baked potatoes with lots of fillings, ploughman's, chip butties, mushroom and spinach lasagne, ham and egg, sausage and beans, beef in ale pie, chilli tacos and roast chicken and chips.