Pub of the week – The Slip Inn, York

Two qualities that are essential to any decent boozer are ‘unassuming’ and ‘friendly’. Things like ‘good beer’ are always useful as well but sometimes even less-than-perfect beer can be tolerated if the pub is abundant in the first two qualities. I know that’s heresy to some, but I’ve had some cracking nights in pubs with awful booze. Fortunately the Slip Inn, on York’s Clementhorpe, is unassuming, friendly, has great beer and is well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in seeing how back street boozers should be run.

The Slip was written off by Marston’s brewery a few years ago as a dead loss, but subsequently bought by the owner of the nearby Swan pub, Paul Crossland, and his business partner Jon Farrow. They remodelled a little inside and re-opened as a real ale pub with a simple, honest interior and a matching laid back atmosphere. This little, two-room pub a few strides from the Ouse and Clifford’s Tower is now buzzing with thankful locals and pub-savvy visitors every night.

Food is restricted to bar snacks but at the weekend (when they open all day, its night time only in the week) they offer superb pork pies from Richardson’s of Woodthorpe. The beer, however, is what the Slip is all about. There are 3 permanent ales – Leeds, Rudgate and Wold Top – and 2 regularly rotated micro-brewed guests. They also offer proper cider, host several beer festivals a year and hold regular brewery nights. There are even plans to build a microbrewery in the back yard.

The Slip isn’t grand or flashy, it’s unpretentious, super-friendly and, in these pub-disappearing days, exactly how little local boozers should be. It’s a reminder of how simple pubs of the past were and how such pubs can be run profitably in the future. They are even (for those who like such things, and there are many) dog friendly.

Clementhorpe, by the way, used to act as a slipway into the River Ouse and that’s how the pub got its name.

Dave Lee


The Slip Inn,

20 Clementhorpe,


YO23 1AN

01904 621793


Welcome                          4

Drinks selection            5

Atmosphere                    4

Food                                 2

Prices                              4


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