After my post on the 1980 North Yorks Guide, reader “US” Dave asks;
“Other than the Black Swan are there other York pubs in that guide then that are commonly visited now ? “
The answer seemed to be “NO”. Most of York’s 2021 GBG entries are outside the centre, and the central pubs long ineligible for the Guide because they serve beer you’ve heard of.
I scoured Google Maps to see which ones I could tour virtually. Your choice today was Yates, Revolution or the Black Swan, which I’d NEVER been to.
Anyhow, I must have walked past it, as I remember that cat on the wall.
I presume it’s most famous for being haunted, along with 87.2% of York pubs. The ghost of Pre-emptive BRAPA stands outside, waiting in vain for the Swan to make the GBG.
“Ain’t that just lil ‘ol England !” exclaimed the Southworths on their visit after an afternoon of Betty’s, the Fudge shop and that place with the smells.
I’m sure they were as amused as I am by the botched restoration of these two Renaissance masterpieces on display in the Oak Room.
Upstairs, we have the
CAMRA GBG selection rooms four poster “Stag” room. Better than the Travelodge, anyway.
“But enough of fluffy pillows, what about the bar ?”
I’d take you there now, but the ghost of “‘ol man Mackay” is in my way, muttering about Brew York taster sessions.
Here we are; looks quite decent for those of us who prefer beer we’ve heard of, like Golden Dragon and whatever it is left of Deuchars on the far left.
OK, no Blue Bell or Maltings, but it all looks nice and pubby to me.
Just a shame they dropped the Bass, but then some folk made huge mistakes after 1980.
Photos by Jonathan Somers via Google Maps