At the heart of the city’s Medieval streets and overlooked by the soaring Minster, none of the other attractions are more than a 10 minute walk away with the railway station equal in journey time by foot. Drivers while being able to unload here will have to park some 10 minutes walk away in a public car park.
I took a look at most of the 13 bedrooms, five come with Four-poster beds and gold brocade of which four have views of St Michael's Church (where Fawkes was baptised) directly across the narrow Medieval street and Minster just beyond. Given the age of the building it’s little wonder that each comes with its own shape, size and proclivities. For a touch of high class, the Belfry Suite takes up the top floor and is a maze of low and sloped ceiling (potentially head bruising) rooms offering views front and rear.
A popular spot at lunchtimes and evenings, the cosy shadowy warren of rooms have managed to retain a great deal of character. Dark wood panelling and furniture is everywhere and when the gas lights, candles and fires are lit this is a really inviting place to spend the evenings, especially during the long cold winter months. To the rear is a small enclosed terrace. No reception desk, so to check in, simply head for the far right hand side of the bar to register.
Eating and drinking
Food served is hearty, warming and almost overwhelmingly bad for the waist line. Even better a 3-course evening candle lit meal from the Yorkshire inspired menu is very well priced. A choice from the hot and cold breakfast options is also to be recommended. Those who like their ales real will also find plenty to cheer too.
A traditional hostelry in the full sense so apart from TV in the rooms, it’s only wine and beer by candlelight, good company and the surrounding city on a plate.
Whenever visiting, the people I've met working here are quite charming.
Who stays there
Leisure visitors dominate the guest list though it is worth recognising that stairs to rooms are quite steep.
A 3 course dinner is easily achievable at £20 per person while breakfast is included in the price. No parking to hand but £5 parking vouchers can be bought from reception, used in the Marygate car park (10 minutes walk) and are valid until 8am.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Abundant historic character
- Deep in the heart of the city
- Affordable eating
- No private parking
- Needs some TLC
- Steep stairs and no lift