Archive for the ‘Pubs’ Category

King’s Arms

January 12, 2011

We find ourselves at the King’s Arms pub as the first of many stops on a night out. Tonight we are celebrating both our friends getting accepted to teacher’s college and the fact that it’s a beautiful Tuesday night. The calendar may say that it’s winter but the mild temperature is telling us to drink our beer on the patio. Apparently the rain didn’t get the memo about drinking outside.

Stat Sheet 17: King’s Arms
Notes: Drinks only!

Kat: This pub is a great example of a classic English beer house, serving local brews and full of old timey charm. The inside is warm with exposed wood, cosy booths, and thick curtained windows. While the location may seem ideal, overlooking the River Ouse with patio seating for summer drinks, we can’t neglect the fact that the river floods every year. Several times. Today’s visit was no exception. It’s been pretty rainy lately and half the outdoor seats were underwater, but we managed to find one that was pretty dry and claimed it for ourselves. Not that there were many people to fend off. We drank our pints in the crisp night air, only starting to regret our bold decision with the last drops of beer. A stranger and his dog walked past us, tipping his hat to our bravery. Being the friendly person that I am, I sprang up to greet the puppy and he was happy to meet me. I know this because he leapt up and planted his giant paws on my forearms. With Ralph, the dog, leaving a lasting impression in my heart and on my white sweater (he had muddy, muddy paws) we went on our way to the next pub, inside.

Ron: This is one of my favourite pubs.  Right on the river, it’s a great place to dangle your feet on warm days.  When it’s not warm, the traditional atmosphere inside is cozy.  It was a bit too cozy tonight (and the regulars didn’t seem happy to see us eyeing what was left of the seats inside) so we opted for the less traditional rainy evening option, and sat outside anyway.  The best thing about this pub is the cheap ale, cider, and lager flowing from the taps.  The drinks are strong and set you back less than 2 pounds per pint, which is probably the real reason we stop here at the beginning of a night out.

The cold drinks and chilly breeze urge us to move onwards, so we down the last sips and head off for a night of debauchery on the Micklegate Run.
Cheers x x


The Old White Swan

January 12, 2011

It’s a few days into December and we are both getting ready to head back to Canada for a couple weeks. Since it’s Ron’s last day of work at the pasty shop and he’s heading out of town after his shift, we thought we’d make an early pub visit today.

Stat Sheet 16: Old White Swan
Events: Live Music
Notes: TV, Wifi

Kat: This entry is a little unconventional, for us at least. It’s 10 AM and even we aren’t about to get a pint now. We are getting breakfast and it comes with a free hot drink. The entrance is a nice gated patio with the bar’s moniker arching over top. As soon as we sit down we hear Frank Sinatra crooning a Christmas tune, this place can’t be bad. Ron orders our meals and we melt into the cushioned seats and holiday atmosphere. Our table marker is a mini wine barrel; how I do love miniature versions of things. This pub is big and spacious. Even at this early hour there are a fair number of other patrons already settled in, although, not all of them resisting the pints like we are. I like this pub for afternoon or early evening drinks. The vibe doesn’t say night time hang out, to me, but I like it and I am comfortable here.

Ron: Canada here we come!  Of course, it would be wrong without saying goodbye to some of York’s pubs.  I want to be prepared for my last day of work, and a hearty full English is the way forward.  I’ve been past this place many times, and have always thought it looked nice inside.  I’m not disappointed on this chilly morning, the Old White Swan’s atmosphere is warm and inviting.  The service is friendly, and the barmaid seems more fazed by our Canadian accents than the fact that she is serving Guinness before lunch.  The food is a bit above average, and the warm drinks are a great way to prepare for my last day on the job.  I hope to come back here for lunch in the new year, though it’s probably not a great destination for a night on the town.

Feeling full and prepared to face the day, we depart, bidding the cheerful patrons good-day.  The work day has begun, though after the sun sets we plan on scouting out some new locations before we head back to Canada.
Cheers x x

Punch Bowl

December 23, 2009

Our last stop of the night is a gorgeous old building nestled in the middle of the city. This bar has been a bar since the 1400s. It’s got an interesting history, which you can read about on the back of their menu! The architecture is in the tudor style, and at the time was colloquially referred to as “brewery tudor” (or what Kat likes to call “Brewdor”) because it was a common style for brew houses in the 15th century.

Stat Sheet 15: Punch Bowl

Kat: I’m starving and we found a pub that is still serving food. I’m in the mood for fish and chips and this place has a well priced option. I go up to the bar to order my food and pint, the table markers here are little wooden spoons with an order number burned into it. The food arrives in good time and it definitely hits the spot. Ron shares my chips, but not after a long and classic struggle with the Heinz ketchup bottle. This pub is nice and cozy, but not unlike many places I’ve been before.
Ron: I didn’t find anything special about this pub.  It was very quiet and chilly.  Nothing else stood out.

After 3 pubs, we decide to call it a night. As Ron and I walk in opposite directions to our respective homes, we make mental notes of all the pubs we see along the way, and start planning future nights on the town.
Cheers x x