Minster Inn

Minster InnMinster Inn
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Minster InnMinster Inn

Type: Bar

24 Marygate
York, England, Y030 7BH
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1904 624499 | map

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited over the weekend of the York Christmas Market (26-28 Nov 2010). This was the quietest of all the pubs I managed to get into (very busy weekend, the city was overflowing with visitors). One or two tourists in, but mostly friendly locals.

We sat in the front bar, by a roaring coal fire and chatted with some regulars, didn't venture down the corridor into the back room, being happy to stay put where we were.

Cask ale and a chat, this is what this pub is all about. Just off the normal tourist routes around the city, enough not to get crowded too often and loved enough by locals to ensure you'll never drink alone in here. A proper pub.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This gbg rated pub was right next door to my B&B, the wonderful coachhouse inn (which also usually has two real ales from york brewing on).
It's outside the city walls and a 1/2 block down marygate. This is another smaller place and the folks we ended up drinking with were all very friendly including us in the gritter game too! A gritter is a truck that spreads salt and grit on roads in England when they're expecting a freeze. The game is, the first person to see and yell gritter wins a pint on the house. Good times... They had two offerings from Jennings brewery on cask. Their bitter which was nice, and the snecklifter a wonderful porter which after tring the York guzzler became my session brew along with some very nice Ardbeg whisky. This place was also dog friendly and as mentioned had a local scene that drew you right in and made you feel very comfortable. Check this one out!

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Photo of JohnW
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a typical local pub, just off the tourist trail. The front looks over to the City Walls opposite and not far from the Marygate Entrance to the Museum Gardens. Seven hand pulls were on at time of visit with interesting range of beers, including Jennings Snecklifter and York Guzzler, together with Courage Directors, which I think is the regular beer there - the others being 'guest' beers. Pub has four smallish rooms - at front the main bar with tables and chairs on the right as you go in, on the left a small lounge and at the rear two other rooms, used mainly for games from what we could see. The pub is obviously popular with the locals and was fairly busy the two evenings we went in. Good friendly service, the beers in good condition, quiet buzz of friendly conversation (no loud music!) make this a worthwhile visit for a quieter evening pint away from the crowds! The toilets were outside in separate small brick building at the rear in the patio area, bringing back memories of pubs from the 1950's!

Beer prices typical for area, though for the cheapest beer in York, go to the Trafalgar Bay - Nunnery Lane (turn left out of Micklegate then about hundred yards) a quiet peaceful Samuel Smiths pub with OB Bitter at £1.39 a pint and Pure Brewed Lager at £2.20! (April 2008)

B'ham UK

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

When we walked into this pub, which happened to be very very close to our B&B, we felt kind of like we were entering someone's private pub as everyone who was in there were all talking to each other. The Landlord was sitting amongst the guests as were the barpersons. I noticed this quite a bit in the smaller places in the UK and it made it quite friendly feeling, but at first struck me as a bit odd. As time when on, we too became part of the conversations, which led me to believe, it just really is a nice little friendly place! As mentioned by a fellow BAer, there was more than one room (also not uncommon).

The selection on the hand pumps was very interesting, as there was only one or two I had even seen in the other pubs in York, and here is where I had my first ARRAN beer--whilst it is from Scotland, it quickly became one of my two favorite breweries on my trip to England and Scotland. They had the Sunset here.

We did eat some crisps here, but that does not consitute enough to rate the food.

Overall, should I return to York, I will visit this fine establishment again!!

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Photo of Mark
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Checked out this true "local" while in York. Located next to museum gardens on a quiet little street. Very traditional feeling friendly pub that is divided up in to sections with a central corridor leading to two of them. A small area is in front of the bar, there is another room which is behind the bar but separated by a wall and another small room that is non-smoking. The non rooms door can be closed, have not seen this feature before and it made for a very comfortable time. Nice barman and locals, a pub we would return to. Offers a good selection of ale and from more obscure brewers at that. I agree with the Camra Good Beer Guide, " this is a real pub for real ale drinkers" Well worth seeking out in the beautiful city of York

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Minster Inn in York, GB2, United Kingdom
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