Thursday, August 06, 2009

A Trip to York

Every year a group of drinkers from Huddersfield goes to York to sample the delights of the ancient city and take in a few pubs and a few beers. This year a gathering of eight headed out of the town on a bright sunny Friday to see what was on offer. (If this report inspires you to try the same then Friday or the weekend is the best time due to some pubs opening hours).

After the train journey our first call is always the Minster Inn on Marygate, a short walk over the river and a place to discuss the route to take from there on. On this visit the five handpulls on the bar just gave offerings from the Marstons empire, with three Jennings beers available. We made our choice and sorted out the plan of campaign.

Just up the road and back on ourselves was the Bay Horse, a pub now managed by Andy Henstock, previously eulogised in these pages as the manager of the Green Cross at Moldgreen. As it was just before Yorkshire day Andy had a beer festival featuring Yorkshire ales on in the upstairs bar. Twenty beers were on offer, but a bit overpriced at £1.50 a half. We sampled a few while watching the cricket on Sky, with the best of the lot coming from Five Towns, and Goose Eye. There was some Mallinsons to follow but not on the bar during our visit.

An impressive pub nevertheless, but time and beer waits for no man and soon it was off to the Judges Lodgings, on Lendal. The weather was kind and we were able to sit outside whilst sampling the Great Heck beers on offer, and in one case, the exotic cheese platter. There are two beers brewed specially for the pub and both we in good nick.

Next port of call was the Guy Fawkes, a wonderfully historic pub, which I had never previously visited, and again we congregated in the rear beer garden sampling an offering from Wold Top, (keeping the Yorkshire theme going!!). A regular call on the trip is always the Blue Bell on Fossgate, where we managed to shoehorn ourselves in, and down a pint of their wonderfully kept Adnams, while working out the plans for the rest of the crawl.

Round the corner from the Blue Bell is the Golden Fleece, so a quick half in this historic pub set us up for the hike to the Bishophill area, a wonderful oasis of calm just off Micklegate, and the delights of the Golden Ball. We were lucky, the pub opened at 4.30 pm, and we arrived at 4.29. There are six regular beers on the bar and one changing guest which was Norhumberland 'Fog On The Tyne' on our visit. I think we all sampled this, and it ran off just after, but was on good form all the same.

Just two more pubs to go as we headed back to the Station. The First being the Ackhorne, which is usually quiet but not this night as it seemed to be the place to visit
for an after work drink. I chose a Roosters 'Yankee' and must say I have had it better.

We soon drank up and left for the Maltings. Another must visit pub but which in my opinion seems not to be the place it once was. It again was heaving but we managed to get served, I chose Beartown 'Peach Melba', a tick but a weird beer. It is worth knowing that drinks cannot be taken out of the pub, or Shaun, the landlord, pursues you and relieves you of your beer until you come back inside!

All that remained was to return to the Station and get the train home. However many of the group were salivating at the sight of a loco hauled train on the opposite platform doing a charter run back to Huddersfield. But being a bus, not a train man, I cannot recall the details. As always it was a good day out, the beer was not cheap though never reached the £3 level, and the weather was kind to us. All that remains now is to sort out the pubs for next year!!!
pics: courtesy of beerintheevening

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