20 York pubs & bars lost in the last 20 years - which do you remember and which do you miss most?

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York's beer scene is booming, with new pubs, new breweries and hundreds of new beers. But it hasn't all been good news. Like all cities and towns, York has also seen many closures over the years.

Here, in no particular order, are 20 of the most recent losses. Share your memories below and tell us which you miss most.

 

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1 - The Magpie, Penley's Grove Street - This pub was built in 1962, replacing a previous one of the same name. But it closed in 2004, despite a campaign by locals to save it.

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2 - The Locomotive, Watson Street - This pub dated back to the mid-1800s and was popular for many years with railway workers. It closed in 2010 and has been replaced with housing.

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3 - The Junction, Leeman Road - Opened in 1994, replacing the Pheonix Working Men's Club, but closed last year due to falling trade.

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4 - The Cygnet, Price Street - This Victorian pub changed hands in 2009 but became unviable. It was demolished and houses have been built on the site.

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5 - The Reindeer, Penley's Grove Street - Like the Magpie, this was built in 1962 to replace a predecessor of the same name on the same site. It closed in 2009 and became a Londis store.

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6 - The Fossway, Huntington Road - The Bridge Hotel opened in 1939 and was renamed The Fossway in 1993, but closed in 2009. It is now a church.

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7 - John Bull, Layerthorpe - There was a pub here as far back as 1824, though the it was rebuilt in 1937. Despite a huge "Save The John Bull" campaign, the pub closed in 1994, when the owner repossessed it and demolished it, to make way for a car show room.

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8 - Turf Tavern, Thanet Road - Opened in 1955 but closed in 2010 despite a local campaign, and was demolished to make way for housing.

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9 - Fox and Hounds, Copmanthorpe - The pub dated back to the 1860s and underwent an extensive redesign in 1978, but it closed in 2011.

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10 - The Frog Hall, Layerthorpe - Built in 1927, on the site of a predecessor of the same name. It closed in 2002.

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11 - Yorkshire Hussar, North Street - This is one of the most recent closures. After a tough few years, the pub closed in 2013 and became a restaurant called The Whippet Inn, although still with a public bar.

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12 - The Bay Horse, Gillygate - This pub closed in 2003 and became Cert 18, and has operated as several businessse since, including Stereo, The Speakeasy, and The Pink Pony.

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13 - Yearsley Grove, Huntington Road - This large private house became a hotel in 1937, then a pub after WWII. It was demolished last year.

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14 - The Gimcrack, Fulford Road - This too was once a private house, but opened as a pub in 1936. It closed in 2002 despite local opposition. The building was saved from demolition and is now flats.

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15 - The Bonding Warehouse bar and restaurant, Terry Avenue - This was badly hit by the floods of 2000 and never re-opened. After more than a decade of uncertainty, developers are now turning it into flats.

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16 - The White Rose, Cornlands Road - Opened in 1957, to cater for the booming Acomb community, but closed in 2009 and was demolished in 2010.

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17 - Alice Hawthorn, Wheldrake - After more than 140 years, this pub served its final pints in 1999. It is now a house.

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18 - Tang Hall Hotel, Fourth Avenue - Opened in 1979, replacing a previous large pub on the same site. It closed in 2005.

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19 - Harry's Bar, Micklegate - Opened in 1984, but became The Bedroom in 2002 and then The Room (pictured). It subsequently became a lap-dancing club called Bohemia, which has also since closed.

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20 - Edward VII, Nunnery Lane - Formerly Wright's House, the pub was renamed as the Edward VII shortly after the King's coronation in 1902. It has now closed and is to become housing.

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Which lost pubs and bars do you most miss? Share your memories below.... 

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1:01pm Mon 24 Feb 14

MrChuckles says...

Wow, this makes me feel old...
Wow, this makes me feel old... MrChuckles
  • Score: 26

1:15pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Bonding Warehouse and the Gimcrack. Both had good rooms for gigs and they used to put on good ones.

Speaking of which, a notable omission here is The Spotted Cow.
Bonding Warehouse and the Gimcrack. Both had good rooms for gigs and they used to put on good ones. Speaking of which, a notable omission here is The Spotted Cow. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 43

3:39pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Blimp says...

The Lion and Lamb, Blossom Street complete with old glass beer pumps and Roman crypt seating. Some joker in the 1980's killed it by decking it out in purple velvet and rope lights and calling it "The Nickel and Dime" and if we ever find out who it was, there'll be a new head stuck on Micklegate bar.

It was Brilliant, we Loved It and wish there was More Please.
The Lion and Lamb, Blossom Street complete with old glass beer pumps and Roman crypt seating. Some joker in the 1980's killed it by decking it out in purple velvet and rope lights and calling it "The Nickel and Dime" and if we ever find out who it was, there'll be a new head stuck on Micklegate bar. It was Brilliant, we Loved It and wish there was More Please. Blimp
  • Score: 32

4:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Percy Filth says...

The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos.

Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street.

Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel.

Brubakers on Blossom St !
The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos. Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street. Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel. Brubakers on Blossom St ! Percy Filth
  • Score: 21

4:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ousetunes says...

The first pub I ever went into in York was The John Bull. It was my first date with a penfriend whom I eventually fell in love with and this is pretty much where it started, in March 1988.

For this reason alone, I always cherished The John Bull and was and remain incredibly saddened by its demise and destruction. For the record, I was treated to the delights of The Spread Eagle, Lendal Cellars, the pub beneath the Dean Court Hotel and even the York Arms that same night.

The relationship lasted 18 months but my love of York and its fine pubs remains to this day!
The first pub I ever went into in York was The John Bull. It was my first date with a penfriend whom I eventually fell in love with and this is pretty much where it started, in March 1988. For this reason alone, I always cherished The John Bull and was and remain incredibly saddened by its demise and destruction. For the record, I was treated to the delights of The Spread Eagle, Lendal Cellars, the pub beneath the Dean Court Hotel and even the York Arms that same night. The relationship lasted 18 months but my love of York and its fine pubs remains to this day! Ousetunes
  • Score: 39

6:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

big boy york says...

what about the night clubs that have also gone, casanovas, the old world , prince consort ib bootham, riverside now yates, jollys now bingo hall in fishergate
what about the night clubs that have also gone, casanovas, the old world , prince consort ib bootham, riverside now yates, jollys now bingo hall in fishergate big boy york
  • Score: 9

7:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

NickPheas says...

"Despite a huge "Save The John Bull" campaign, the pub closed in 1994, when the owner repossessed it and demolished it, to make way for a car show room."
Want even for a show room. It was because they wanted a bigger car park. Criminal.
"Despite a huge "Save The John Bull" campaign, the pub closed in 1994, when the owner repossessed it and demolished it, to make way for a car show room." Want even for a show room. It was because they wanted a bigger car park. Criminal. NickPheas
  • Score: 24

8:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

viking99 says...

The Alice Hawthorne was my local in the 60/70's

one you have missed is The Clock Parliament street which is part of M&S now
The Alice Hawthorne was my local in the 60/70's one you have missed is The Clock Parliament street which is part of M&S now viking99
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

tony canham boots says...

Also missing from the list are The Fox, in nether poppleton, The Great Northern on rougier st & The Tiger on Market st, all great pubs in the day.
Also missing from the list are The Fox, in nether poppleton, The Great Northern on rougier st & The Tiger on Market st, all great pubs in the day. tony canham boots
  • Score: 13

9:19pm Mon 24 Feb 14

big smiffy says...

The railway king george hudson street best pub In york untill it became edwards then reflex and now pop world what has happened to york ?????
The railway king george hudson street best pub In york untill it became edwards then reflex and now pop world what has happened to york ????? big smiffy
  • Score: 15

9:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Seadog says...

Definitely the John Bull, though I didn't discover it until a year or two before it closed!

PS: the Cygnet was my local in 75/6 when I lived in a student house in Nunthorpe Avenue, and I remember it with affection ... but it was hardly Victorian! (c1960 I'd say. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
PPS: I ought to feel nostalgic about the Magpie, since it was where I was taken on my first night as a "fresher" at St John's in September '72 ... but, strangely, I don't!
Definitely the John Bull, though I didn't discover it until a year or two before it closed! PS: the Cygnet was my local in 75/6 when I lived in a student house in Nunthorpe Avenue, and I remember it with affection ... but it was hardly Victorian! (c1960 I'd say. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.) PPS: I ought to feel nostalgic about the Magpie, since it was where I was taken on my first night as a "fresher" at St John's in September '72 ... but, strangely, I don't! Seadog
  • Score: 11

9:47pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Seadog says...

If we're including hotel bars, then yes ... the Dean Court basement was quite special. Sadly no real ale there in the mid seventies, but the keg Forest Brown wasn't bad and the snacks were sensational! The 50p "Cheese Lunch" gave you at least five different wedges of cheese, fresh crusty bread and a generous dish of home-made chutney to die for!

I remember feeling devastated when it when it went up to 55p: worse still when they abandoned the home made chutney for a commercial brand! I think it lingered until the early 80s, but that time it was but a shadow of its former self.
If we're including hotel bars, then yes ... the Dean Court basement was quite special. Sadly no real ale there in the mid seventies, but the keg Forest Brown wasn't bad and the snacks were sensational! The 50p "Cheese Lunch" gave you at least five different wedges of cheese, fresh crusty bread and a generous dish of home-made chutney to die for! I remember feeling devastated when it when it went up to 55p: worse still when they abandoned the home made chutney for a commercial brand! I think it lingered until the early 80s, but that time it was but a shadow of its former self. Seadog
  • Score: 12

9:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Seadog says...

And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ...
And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ... Seadog
  • Score: 13

10:30pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Non-corporate entity says...

Seadog wrote:
And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ...
I'm pretty sure it comes every year during the summer months?
[quote][p][bold]Seadog[/bold] wrote: And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ...[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure it comes every year during the summer months? Non-corporate entity
  • Score: -6

11:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Old_Man says...

Most of these pubs were complete dumps and deserved to close. The John Bull being the major exception. I didn't shed any tears when Turnbull died.

A more interesting article would be to speculate on 20 pubs that won't be here in 20 years.
Most of these pubs were complete dumps and deserved to close. The John Bull being the major exception. I didn't shed any tears when Turnbull died. A more interesting article would be to speculate on 20 pubs that won't be here in 20 years. Old_Man
  • Score: 0

11:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bagnall1928@yahoo.com says...

the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on
the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so.
Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home.
the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate.
Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord.
they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!!
the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so. Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home. the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate. Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord. they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!! bagnall1928@yahoo.com
  • Score: 16

12:44am Tue 25 Feb 14

fromthegroves says...

The first pub i ever went in was the John Bull. And i was only a few days old as it was my grandads pub. Before it was sold to timothy Taylor. It was the best pub ever back in the days. It was such a sad day when it got knocked down and i have never bought a car from turnbulls out of principle for my grandma x
The first pub i ever went in was the John Bull. And i was only a few days old as it was my grandads pub. Before it was sold to timothy Taylor. It was the best pub ever back in the days. It was such a sad day when it got knocked down and i have never bought a car from turnbulls out of principle for my grandma x fromthegroves
  • Score: 17

7:43am Tue 25 Feb 14

mortandindi says...

Does anybody remember The Centre Bar in Piccadilly? it used to be next door to the ABC cinema....
Does anybody remember The Centre Bar in Piccadilly? it used to be next door to the ABC cinema.... mortandindi
  • Score: 18

8:01am Tue 25 Feb 14

Poosticks says...

I used to love Harry's Bar, after Brubakers and before The Nag's Head!
I used to love Harry's Bar, after Brubakers and before The Nag's Head! Poosticks
  • Score: 20

8:13am Tue 25 Feb 14

Tootsiepuppy says...

Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing.
Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing. Tootsiepuppy
  • Score: 6

8:36am Tue 25 Feb 14

take 5 says...

also missing the davey jones locker bar in piccadilly with its video jukebox back in the 80s
also missing the davey jones locker bar in piccadilly with its video jukebox back in the 80s take 5
  • Score: 14

8:36am Tue 25 Feb 14

take 5 says...

just realised the headline says the last 20 years doh
just realised the headline says the last 20 years doh take 5
  • Score: 4

8:43am Tue 25 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Seadog wrote:
And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ...
I used to go there, it wouldn't be allowed now!
I remember the first time I went, staggering up and down those rickety steps, thinking to myself "This is crazy" and then seeing so many people crammed in and dancing... On a boat!
[quote][p][bold]Seadog[/bold] wrote: And then there was the "Barge" ... moored just below Skeldergate Bridge: I could go on all night but I'd better not ...[/p][/quote]I used to go there, it wouldn't be allowed now! I remember the first time I went, staggering up and down those rickety steps, thinking to myself "This is crazy" and then seeing so many people crammed in and dancing... On a boat! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 11

9:05am Tue 25 Feb 14

nearlyman says...

Old man is right, many were dumps...............
.....progress....
Old man is right, many were dumps............... .....progress.... nearlyman
  • Score: -2

9:18am Tue 25 Feb 14

big boy york says...

Tootsiepuppy wrote:
Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing.
imperial if im not mistaken
[quote][p][bold]Tootsiepuppy[/bold] wrote: Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing.[/p][/quote]imperial if im not mistaken big boy york
  • Score: 16

9:59am Tue 25 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

most of these pubs were honest to goodness boozers in working class areas,not fancy dan gastro pubs.the common denominator which caused the demise of the estate pub or small local was the smoking ban .people can deny it and come up with other excuses but that was the overriding cause.on top of pubs which have shut forever we have pubs which changed beyond all recognition,the brewers and the falcon to name but 2.for any drinkers who were regulars or anyone who only went in once,the irascible ray coucom mine host at the maggie will never be forgotten.
most of these pubs were honest to goodness boozers in working class areas,not fancy dan gastro pubs.the common denominator which caused the demise of the estate pub or small local was the smoking ban .people can deny it and come up with other excuses but that was the overriding cause.on top of pubs which have shut forever we have pubs which changed beyond all recognition,the brewers and the falcon to name but 2.for any drinkers who were regulars or anyone who only went in once,the irascible ray coucom mine host at the maggie will never be forgotten. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 7

10:36am Tue 25 Feb 14

Firedrake says...

mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?
mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different? Firedrake
  • Score: 9

10:55am Tue 25 Feb 14

Old_Man says...

Roskoboskovic once again living in the dark ages. If the smoking ban was the only reason people stopped going in dumps like the Magpie them I'm the pope. People stopped going in because they were frequented by low lifes and drug dealers. Look at the Castle Howard Ox for example? I wouldn't go in there if the beer was free! Good pubs survived. Crap ones close. It's as simple as that.
Roskoboskovic once again living in the dark ages. If the smoking ban was the only reason people stopped going in dumps like the Magpie them I'm the pope. People stopped going in because they were frequented by low lifes and drug dealers. Look at the Castle Howard Ox for example? I wouldn't go in there if the beer was free! Good pubs survived. Crap ones close. It's as simple as that. Old_Man
  • Score: 16

11:41am Tue 25 Feb 14

beermeup says...

I agree with Old_Man, most deserved to close, they were awful. The exceptions for me would be The John Bull, The Alice Hawthorn and the Loco. The rest were pretty dismal!
I agree with Old_Man, most deserved to close, they were awful. The exceptions for me would be The John Bull, The Alice Hawthorn and the Loco. The rest were pretty dismal! beermeup
  • Score: 2

1:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

deuteronomy says...

The Reindeer was a fantastic pub,Margaret and Pat Larner and family were absolutely fantastic and made it an awesome little boozer, can still see everyone on a sat/sund night singing away to The Jam !! Then BIG BRI and marg had it and continued the trend till they moved to Worsborough after several successful years in The Groves had fantastic years with the footy/Darts and cricket lads.Then it went downhill pretty fast, but at one time there were some brilliant people frequenting this little gem.Oops forgot Ken and Carol another gr8 partnership.
The Reindeer was a fantastic pub,Margaret and Pat Larner and family were absolutely fantastic and made it an awesome little boozer, can still see everyone on a sat/sund night singing away to The Jam !! Then BIG BRI and marg had it and continued the trend till they moved to Worsborough after several successful years in The Groves had fantastic years with the footy/Darts and cricket lads.Then it went downhill pretty fast, but at one time there were some brilliant people frequenting this little gem.Oops forgot Ken and Carol another gr8 partnership. deuteronomy
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

old orleans.... simples
old orleans.... simples Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -8

2:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

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  • Score: -7

3:05pm Tue 25 Feb 14

take 5 says...

i'll have a pint of what bob marleys on !!!!!! lol
i'll have a pint of what bob marleys on !!!!!! lol take 5
  • Score: 14

3:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Grey Lady says...

bagnall1928@yahoo.co
m
wrote:
the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on
the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so.
Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home.
the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate.
Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord.
they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!!
He he, a lot of the Landlords in those days weren't rowdy young kids either.

Ok, new blood and new ideas etc, but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub or avoid town.
[quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so. Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home. the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate. Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord. they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!![/p][/quote]He he, a lot of the Landlords in those days weren't rowdy young kids either. Ok, new blood and new ideas etc, but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub or avoid town. Grey Lady
  • Score: 7

4:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

nickywall says...

There should close the like popzone and bars like that.there should close them at 12pm at night because the young people are go into the river and die it not very nice for there family's.there need to be something done about this I think what do you think.lv Nicola wall from York.
There should close the like popzone and bars like that.there should close them at 12pm at night because the young people are go into the river and die it not very nice for there family's.there need to be something done about this I think what do you think.lv Nicola wall from York. nickywall
  • Score: -12

5:19pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lamplighter says...

Firedrake wrote:
mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?
These were two separate pubs Firedrake. The Painted Wagon was under the ABC and closed around 1979. The Centre Bar was part of the White Swan. The basement of the White Swan was also a pub, first The Munster Bar, then Davey Jones Locker.
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?[/p][/quote]These were two separate pubs Firedrake. The Painted Wagon was under the ABC and closed around 1979. The Centre Bar was part of the White Swan. The basement of the White Swan was also a pub, first The Munster Bar, then Davey Jones Locker. Lamplighter
  • Score: 7

5:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Junkyard Angel says...

The Imperial - This was known as 'Stalingrad' I believe !!
The Imperial - This was known as 'Stalingrad' I believe !! The Junkyard Angel
  • Score: 10

6:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

whitehorse says...

I have no idea how long it was open for, but I think it closed in 97-98. There was a fantastic pub called the Cells, on the corner of Parliament Street and Jubbergate. There's an o'Briens sandwich bar there now. Anyway, it used to open later in the evening and stay open past regular closing time. It had to serve food to do this, so if I remember right, you would be a couple of quid and get a plate of chips or plain pasta. Then you'd go down into these old Police cells where they had fantastic live music (usually only Jazz) and a range of fantastic whisky. I liked this place, because it's more of the kind of pub I'd like to see in the city. It was an alternative to Silks or Toffs and you could still stay up late, chat with mates and have an alcoholic drink without ear-bleedingly loud dance music.
I have no idea how long it was open for, but I think it closed in 97-98. There was a fantastic pub called the Cells, on the corner of Parliament Street and Jubbergate. There's an o'Briens sandwich bar there now. Anyway, it used to open later in the evening and stay open past regular closing time. It had to serve food to do this, so if I remember right, you would be a couple of quid and get a plate of chips or plain pasta. Then you'd go down into these old Police cells where they had fantastic live music (usually only Jazz) and a range of fantastic whisky. I liked this place, because it's more of the kind of pub I'd like to see in the city. It was an alternative to Silks or Toffs and you could still stay up late, chat with mates and have an alcoholic drink without ear-bleedingly loud dance music. whitehorse
  • Score: 18

7:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Grey Lady wrote:
bagnall1928@yahoo.co

m
wrote:
the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on
the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so.
Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home.
the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate.
Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord.
they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!!
He he, a lot of the Landlords in those days weren't rowdy young kids either.

Ok, new blood and new ideas etc, but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub or avoid town.
"but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub"
You've obviously not been to the York Arms recently. It is like the Jeremy Kyle show with drinks.
[quote][p][bold]Grey Lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: the older pubs that are closing were largely used by men after work, or on the way home, a place to take the missus for a drink for half an hour or so. Charlie and Mrs. Greaves at the Lion and Lamb in Blossom Street, a good pub where a man could stand in his working gear before going home. the Locomotive a similar place off Holgate. Everyone knew someone, the men would chat with the landlord. they werent frequented by the kids in those days, most landlords didnt encourage them. Those are the pubs that are better to keep than the noisy rowdy young peoples haunts!!![/p][/quote]He he, a lot of the Landlords in those days weren't rowdy young kids either. Ok, new blood and new ideas etc, but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub or avoid town.[/p][/quote]"but if you want to go for a "quiet drink" these days you have to go to a Sam Smiths pub" You've obviously not been to the York Arms recently. It is like the Jeremy Kyle show with drinks. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

johnbarkingdog says...

Seadog wrote:
Definitely the John Bull, though I didn't discover it until a year or two before it closed! PS: the Cygnet was my local in 75/6 when I lived in a student house in Nunthorpe Avenue, and I remember it with affection ... but it was hardly Victorian! (c1960 I'd say. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.) PPS: I ought to feel nostalgic about the Magpie, since it was where I was taken on my first night as a "fresher" at St John's in September '72 ... but, strangely, I don't!
The Cygnet stood on that site during the 2nd World War when the Page family had the licence till they left in 1976. The Cygnet replace an older pub of that namethat was situated in the same area.
[quote][p][bold]Seadog[/bold] wrote: Definitely the John Bull, though I didn't discover it until a year or two before it closed! PS: the Cygnet was my local in 75/6 when I lived in a student house in Nunthorpe Avenue, and I remember it with affection ... but it was hardly Victorian! (c1960 I'd say. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.) PPS: I ought to feel nostalgic about the Magpie, since it was where I was taken on my first night as a "fresher" at St John's in September '72 ... but, strangely, I don't![/p][/quote]The Cygnet stood on that site during the 2nd World War when the Page family had the licence till they left in 1976. The Cygnet replace an older pub of that namethat was situated in the same area. johnbarkingdog
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Seadog says...

Thanks Johnbarkingdog. That's worth knowing. Perhaps the building I remember was a bit older: 40s/50s maybe ... at the very tail end of the Deco style. But it certainly wasn't Victorian. Still, if it had a predecessor of the same name, that would account for the Press' ( not untypical) error. Will have to consult the late, great Hugh Murray's definitive account of York pubs. I've got a copy somewhere, I think.
Thanks Johnbarkingdog. That's worth knowing. Perhaps the building I remember was a bit older: 40s/50s maybe ... at the very tail end of the Deco style. But it certainly wasn't Victorian. Still, if it had a predecessor of the same name, that would account for the Press' ( not untypical) error. Will have to consult the late, great Hugh Murray's definitive account of York pubs. I've got a copy somewhere, I think. Seadog
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

Firedrake wrote:
mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?
Painted wagon was under abc cinema. I remember one of the bouncers was Jackie Egan, and the bouncers had an Alsatian dog with them. Centre bar was at front of White Swan, which has been derelict for years. Happy days.
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?[/p][/quote]Painted wagon was under abc cinema. I remember one of the bouncers was Jackie Egan, and the bouncers had an Alsatian dog with them. Centre bar was at front of White Swan, which has been derelict for years. Happy days. yorkandproud
  • Score: 6

8:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Blimp says...

Brilliant list invoking memorable pubs?

Thanks for all the contributions everybody!
Brilliant list invoking memorable pubs? Thanks for all the contributions everybody! Blimp
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RJB York says...

The Grobs ;)
The Grobs ;) RJB York
  • Score: 7

9:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

pierrequiroule says...

Another vote for the John Bull - the best pub bar none. I left York when that pub closed - oh, and I'd never even consider buying a Mazda.
Another vote for the John Bull - the best pub bar none. I left York when that pub closed - oh, and I'd never even consider buying a Mazda. pierrequiroule
  • Score: 4

9:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

oi oi savaloy says...

what about going back 30 years..
market tavern
londsborough
lord nelson
tiger
painted wagon
munster bar
imperial (stalingrad arms)
big coach
de grey rooms bar
kingston
etc etc

can't stand all these new chain places that are taking over just making every town centre exactly the same
what about going back 30 years.. market tavern londsborough lord nelson tiger painted wagon munster bar imperial (stalingrad arms) big coach de grey rooms bar kingston etc etc can't stand all these new chain places that are taking over just making every town centre exactly the same oi oi savaloy
  • Score: 14

9:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Grandoldduke says...

BRUBAKERS .........all of york met in there on a friday,saturday and sunday at 7pm and everybody had left by 8pm
BRUBAKERS .........all of york met in there on a friday,saturday and sunday at 7pm and everybody had left by 8pm Grandoldduke
  • Score: 15

12:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Blimp wrote:
The Lion and Lamb, Blossom Street complete with old glass beer pumps and Roman crypt seating. Some joker in the 1980's killed it by decking it out in purple velvet and rope lights and calling it "The Nickel and Dime" and if we ever find out who it was, there'll be a new head stuck on Micklegate bar.

It was Brilliant, we Loved It and wish there was More Please.
This for me - was just thinking the same. Not sure about a lot of the twenty - some real dives there.
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: The Lion and Lamb, Blossom Street complete with old glass beer pumps and Roman crypt seating. Some joker in the 1980's killed it by decking it out in purple velvet and rope lights and calling it "The Nickel and Dime" and if we ever find out who it was, there'll be a new head stuck on Micklegate bar. It was Brilliant, we Loved It and wish there was More Please.[/p][/quote]This for me - was just thinking the same. Not sure about a lot of the twenty - some real dives there. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Exiled Tyke says...

Percy Filth wrote:
The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos.

Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street.

Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel.

Brubakers on Blossom St !
The pub on Taddy Road was The Fox & Hounds, later the Fox & Roman
[quote][p][bold]Percy Filth[/bold] wrote: The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos. Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street. Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel. Brubakers on Blossom St ![/p][/quote]The pub on Taddy Road was The Fox & Hounds, later the Fox & Roman Exiled Tyke
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

MilkandTwo says...

Tootsiepuppy wrote:
Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing.
The Imperial?
[quote][p][bold]Tootsiepuppy[/bold] wrote: Pub on Kingsway North roundabout - forgotten its name. Demolished and now housing.[/p][/quote]The Imperial? MilkandTwo
  • Score: 3

12:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

I remember most of them and I'm not what you'd call 'old'!
The Fossway Pub was one of those "pssst, wanna buy some speakers" types of pub....
I remember most of them and I'm not what you'd call 'old'! The Fossway Pub was one of those "pssst, wanna buy some speakers" types of pub.... Magicman!
  • Score: 5

12:49am Thu 27 Feb 14

Thunderblade says...

whitehorse wrote:
I have no idea how long it was open for, but I think it closed in 97-98. There was a fantastic pub called the Cells, on the corner of Parliament Street and Jubbergate. There's an o'Briens sandwich bar there now. Anyway, it used to open later in the evening and stay open past regular closing time. It had to serve food to do this, so if I remember right, you would be a couple of quid and get a plate of chips or plain pasta. Then you'd go down into these old Police cells where they had fantastic live music (usually only Jazz) and a range of fantastic whisky. I liked this place, because it's more of the kind of pub I'd like to see in the city. It was an alternative to Silks or Toffs and you could still stay up late, chat with mates and have an alcoholic drink without ear-bleedingly loud dance music.
On a night out with work colleagues many years ago, as an alternative to the usual trip to a night club for late drinking it was suggested we should go to the Cells. Having paid the ridiculously cheap entry fee, we got down to the serious business of quaffing more beer, it wasn't a bad pint. Things where going quite well until the guy who had suggested the place shouted over the music to ask what I thought of it. I shouted back " The beers alright but I cant stand Jazz" just at the point when the music stopped, deathly silence and a lot of glaring from the patrons then followed, the situation was then made worse by the raucous laughter from my colleagues, even in drink I was too embarrassed to stay so " got my coat" and left.
[quote][p][bold]whitehorse[/bold] wrote: I have no idea how long it was open for, but I think it closed in 97-98. There was a fantastic pub called the Cells, on the corner of Parliament Street and Jubbergate. There's an o'Briens sandwich bar there now. Anyway, it used to open later in the evening and stay open past regular closing time. It had to serve food to do this, so if I remember right, you would be a couple of quid and get a plate of chips or plain pasta. Then you'd go down into these old Police cells where they had fantastic live music (usually only Jazz) and a range of fantastic whisky. I liked this place, because it's more of the kind of pub I'd like to see in the city. It was an alternative to Silks or Toffs and you could still stay up late, chat with mates and have an alcoholic drink without ear-bleedingly loud dance music.[/p][/quote]On a night out with work colleagues many years ago, as an alternative to the usual trip to a night club for late drinking it was suggested we should go to the Cells. Having paid the ridiculously cheap entry fee, we got down to the serious business of quaffing more beer, it wasn't a bad pint. Things where going quite well until the guy who had suggested the place shouted over the music to ask what I thought of it. I shouted back " The beers alright but I cant stand Jazz" just at the point when the music stopped, deathly silence and a lot of glaring from the patrons then followed, the situation was then made worse by the raucous laughter from my colleagues, even in drink I was too embarrassed to stay so " got my coat" and left. Thunderblade
  • Score: 7

10:48am Thu 27 Feb 14

yorkmax99 says...

what great memories i stared drinking in town in 1977 when i was 18 still go in town but avoid the centre full of d**k heads its alos ruined by the **** hole stag and hen parties, goodramgate for the oer 40's etc is like old times lots of old friends from past years
what great memories i stared drinking in town in 1977 when i was 18 still go in town but avoid the centre full of d**k heads its alos ruined by the **** hole stag and hen parties, goodramgate for the oer 40's etc is like old times lots of old friends from past years yorkmax99
  • Score: 5

12:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Percy Filth says...

Grandoldduke wrote:
BRUBAKERS .........all of york met in there on a friday,saturday and sunday at 7pm and everybody had left by 8pm
I remember it had a ridiculously huge TV screen, about 25 fruit machines and never more than 5 customers
[quote][p][bold]Grandoldduke[/bold] wrote: BRUBAKERS .........all of york met in there on a friday,saturday and sunday at 7pm and everybody had left by 8pm[/p][/quote]I remember it had a ridiculously huge TV screen, about 25 fruit machines and never more than 5 customers Percy Filth
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

spikeboy60 says...

Exiled Tyke wrote:
Percy Filth wrote:
The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos.

Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street.

Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel.

Brubakers on Blossom St !
The pub on Taddy Road was The Fox & Hounds, later the Fox & Roman
The Fox and Roman was originally called The Fox...used to go with the parentals as a kid and had to go into the beer garden
The other one was the Starting Gate...used to be the Motel...now housing :-(
[quote][p][bold]Exiled Tyke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Percy Filth[/bold] wrote: The pub that used to be on Tadcaster Road, just up from the Cross Keys - Starting Gate was it ?, it was a Harvester-type pub but OK on the way back from Tescos. Railway Tavern and Richard III on Rougier Street. Tiles Bar in the basement of the Royal Hotel. Brubakers on Blossom St ![/p][/quote]The pub on Taddy Road was The Fox & Hounds, later the Fox & Roman[/p][/quote]The Fox and Roman was originally called The Fox...used to go with the parentals as a kid and had to go into the beer garden The other one was the Starting Gate...used to be the Motel...now housing :-( spikeboy60
  • Score: 6

1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bigalduncs says...

imperial best pub in york by far
imperial best pub in york by far bigalduncs
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Yorkieroy60 says...

Remember a few of the older ones Coach & Horses Nessgate (big coach) already mentioned-The Burns Hotel next to Tiger Inn-The Tavern in the Town (about nine bars) Henneky Inns- the Zarf Club Stonegate - no bouncers on the doors in them days although certain one's could have done with them!-the older one's of us will know which one's:-)-Happy days!
Remember a few of the older ones Coach & Horses Nessgate (big coach) already mentioned-The Burns Hotel next to Tiger Inn-The Tavern in the Town (about nine bars) Henneky Inns- the Zarf Club Stonegate - no bouncers on the doors in them days although certain one's could have done with them!-the older one's of us will know which one's:-)-Happy days! Yorkieroy60
  • Score: 4

11:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

gazlan says...

used to enjoy the history and ambience of the oak rooms in Bettys cafe cellar. ah the illuminated glass pig, the diamond scrolled mirrors........ got banned though for mentioning to the bar man i had seen his crisp new shirt in the sales earlier that day. some folk can be touchy.
used to enjoy the history and ambience of the oak rooms in Bettys cafe cellar. ah the illuminated glass pig, the diamond scrolled mirrors........ got banned though for mentioning to the bar man i had seen his crisp new shirt in the sales earlier that day. some folk can be touchy. gazlan
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

yorkmax99 says...

what about the Lonsborough in high petergate,was it babs sadler who ran it?
what about the Lonsborough in high petergate,was it babs sadler who ran it? yorkmax99
  • Score: 5

8:06pm Sun 2 Mar 14

wallman says...

yorkmax99 wrote:
what about the Lonsborough in high petergate,was it babs sadler who ran it?
Babs fletcher the Godmother with her gang
[quote][p][bold]yorkmax99[/bold] wrote: what about the Lonsborough in high petergate,was it babs sadler who ran it?[/p][/quote]Babs fletcher the Godmother with her gang wallman
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Sun 2 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

Firedrake wrote:
mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?
The Centre Bar was the ground floor of the building that's out of use on Piccadilly. It was a great place where we went before moving onto the Hypnotique in Lady Peckets Yard to dance to some Northern Soul or The Cats Whiskers where Mecca Bingo is now .

The Painted Wagon was in the basement of the ABC cinema which now houses Marks and Spencers.
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: mortandini: I believe I do remember the Centre Bar, but as the Painted Wagon. It was in a basement, as I recall. Or am I thinking of something different?[/p][/quote]The Centre Bar was the ground floor of the building that's out of use on Piccadilly. It was a great place where we went before moving onto the Hypnotique in Lady Peckets Yard to dance to some Northern Soul or The Cats Whiskers where Mecca Bingo is now . The Painted Wagon was in the basement of the ABC cinema which now houses Marks and Spencers. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 4

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