Pub of the week – The Snickleway Inn, York

York has some fine pubs. Many are designed to lure the committed beer-head, many unashamedly dedicate themselves to pulling in the tourists and some just sit there being good for the sake of it without particularly drawing attention to themselves in any way. One such pub is the Snickleway Inn on Goodramgate.

The building dates back to the 15th century and is thought to have been, at one time, a brothel and a powder magazine during the English Civil War. There is little more to it than a double height front bar, a couple of smaller rooms and the self-proclaimed ‘smallest beer garden in the world’ – I don’t know how you go about getting that verified but certainly the small back yard is little bigger than a pool table. There are very welcoming real fires and a decent music playing all day. They also hold regular quizzes and, somewhat randomly, reggae nights.

The food is honest and hearty; doorstep sandwiches are served 12-3 every day but Sunday and at around £4 are great value, considering you’re in the middle of York. Even better are Ged Beck’s award winning pork pies, served all day with a pile of pickle they are a fine, welcome treat at just £1.85.

Drink-wise the pub offers six well-kept, regularly rotated real ales, four of them from Yorkshire, along with the usual soft drinks and spirits. Speaking of which…

For those who believe such hogwash, the Snicklegate has been named (by no less an authority than Derek Acorah) one of the 100 scariest places in Britain. It also claims – along with many other boozers in the city – to be York’s most haunted pub. This is because it is apparently inhabited by at least five ghosts. Don’t let this tosh put you off visiting, though.

Dave Lee

 

The Snickleway Inn

46 Goodramgate

York

YO1 7LS

 

01904 656138

 

Welcome                     3

Drinks selection            4

Atmosphere                3

Food                            3

Prices                          4

Accompanying high res j-pegs are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60126894@N07/sets/72157631438946064/

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