A NEW pub is due to open in York city centre and it is set to have “spectacular” unique views across the city.

Pub company and craft beer wholesaler Pivovar has teamed up with Thornbridge Brewery to open a new three-storey pub in a building on the corner of Jubbergate overlooking Shambles Market.

Work will begin on the £500,000 refurbishment of the pub on Monday, with the venue set to be named the Market Porter.

Jamie Hawksworth, director of Pivovar, said: “We have been developing the site since last year.

"It’s a horrible looking building. I think outwardly it will tidy up that corner of the market. We joke that it’s one of the ugliest buildings to look at but it’s got one of the best views to look out from. It’s got a beautiful aspect across the market, the views are spectacular. It has views that no one usually sees across the Shambles.”

He added that the ground floor will have a horseshoe-shaped bar and serving area, with gas lamp light fittings and views across the market. The kitchen will be on the first floor and the seating area will have views across the rooftops of Shambles. And from the second floor the pub will have a view of York Minster’s Rose Window.

Jamie said the pub is due to open on December 1.

Pivovar also runs the York Tap, based in York station, Pivni and Pavement Vaults as well as bars in Sheffield, Harrogate, Leeds, Newcastle and London.

But this is its first project in partnership with Thornbridge Brewery and Jamie added: “It’s quite exciting for us to be working with them.”

Planning documents say the pub will have a Georgian-style traditional appearance.

They add: “The plans for the pub and restaurant hope to attract more people to the shopping area of York which all helps towards the city’s economy. Beautiful shop fronts and signage help people choose where they would like to go as well as enhancing the streetscape. We believe the design would be a welcome addition to Jubbergate and the Newgate Market.”

The building was previously occupied by Yorkshire pawnbroker Herbert Brown & Son and, later, a shoe shop.