Not that you really need an excuse to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the North, but next week (Wednesday 16th November to be precise) sees the long awaited opening of the 'York Tap'. The bar is at the railway station, so is handily placed to attract passengers, as well as those dedicated souls who make the journey purely to visit the pub. It is housed in the old tearoom at the station that dates back over a century and has been renovated, but retains its stained glass and skylights which will be on public view for the first time in years.
But enough of the history, what about the beer? Those of us who have visited the group's other three pubs will know roughly what to expect but not to the extent of what 'The York Tap' intends. 32 beer taps are promised on the circular central bar with 18 dedicated to 'real ale'. But not just any real ale. The owners promise plenty of interesting beers from interesting breweries. Already in the pipeline are specials from Ilkley brewery, and Magic Rock who are brewing a version of 'High Wire' with New Zealand hops. There will be other rare beers too, with collaboration beers from Thornbridge with both Kernal and Dark Star, plus beers from Hardknott, Tempest and Black Isle. There are even beers promised that will be brewed exclusively for the pub by some of the best brewers around.
If you are a lover of the foreign stuff then you are catered for too with fonts dedicated to 12 of the best the world has to offer, with American and Belgian beers both featuring as well as a massive range of bottles. No doubt a trip across will be in order very soon, it may even be one of those occasions where I never even leave the station - it might even be worth the train being delayed! (website)