A few friends wandered off to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago and I recommended they call in the Guildford Arms, just about my favourite Edinburgh pub. The reaction was "not going there, it's not in the Beer Guide" - funny thing the Beer Guide, the Swan at Clementhorpe for example, is just about my favourite pub in York and I never realised that it too is not in the Beer Guide!
York Camra has made amends this month though, as the Swan has just been announced York Camra Pub of the Year 2009. The pub is on the National Inventory (part 2) for the traditional West Riding layout of drinking corridor, bar at front and lounge at the rear. There are six hand pumps, normally all serving Yorkshire ales, but one from Skinners last time we called with a cider and the delicious Broadoak Premium Perry.
The Swan is a little out of the way, so except on race days, you'll only encounter locals and discerning drinkers - but don't go till 4pm during the week - all day drinking is only at weekends.
Pic: York Pub Guide