Built into the ancient city walls on the northern side of the city, everything York has to offer is no more than a 10 minute walk. The railway station is not far off equidistant and while no immediate parking is available, guests can drop off passenger before making use of the discounted parking scheme nearby. Ask reception for details.
The bedrooms I poked around are of varying shapes, sizes dictating to by the age of the building and overall are a pretty good standard, though there is perhaps need for a little TLC in some cases. All are en suite with either bath, power shower (or both); decorated in warm creams, brown and mustard colours and come dressed in traditional furniture. Along with a choice of single and double, iron and wood framed beds topped by handmade mattresses, free WiFi, flat screen TV’s and a hospitality tray also come as standard. The Attic room boats a Jacuzzi and extra floor space, though tall people may find the sloping roof troublesome. Moreover and importantly, the buildings heritage also makes for access issues whichever room is chosen with all 12 bedrooms only reachable by an extremely steep and narrow staircase which is a serious obstacle to anyone with limited mobility.
I do like the bar here, intimate in its dark ambiance, wooden floors and lit fires during the winter that goes a long way to creating a fine atmosphere. There’s a pleasant garden at the back bounded on one side by the city’s historic walls and views of the nearby Minster opposite and is a tranquil place for some summer al fresco refreshment.
Eating and drinking
Locally themed, traditional and comforting pub fare is served in the enigmatic bar at lunch and dinner time (kitchen closes 6pm on Sunday’s for main menu offerings) and is excellent value for money at around £14 for two courses. A light bite option is available all day every day and there are daily specials from the board each night. Breakfast is competent and plentiful with hearty and healthy options available. Popular with real ale aficionados, the reputation of the beer served here is extremely good meaning the small bar can be busy with locals.
Flat screen TV’s, free WiFi and all rooms with ironing equipment together with the whole of the city to explore from the door step.
A get a super welcome and good service whenever I call in.
Who stays there
Popular with couples and small groups on leisure breaks able to manage the staircases.
Rates include breakfast with room prices varying according to the day of the week, Sunday to Thursday offers the best value, though they soar when major events are in town. No parking to hand but guests can unload passengers and luggage directly outside then take advantage of the £5 parking vouchers from reception which can be used in the Marygate car park until 8am the following day.
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Central location
- Steep stairs
- Some bedrooms in need of TLC