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12 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3WP. 14 craft ales and 3 ciders great wine selection showcasing fine ales from around the world.


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4 months ago

Fantastic pub. Lots of choice for beers, ales and lagers, as well as other options. The pizzas are great and there's a decent menu to choose from. Cozy outdoor seating too. Certainly a place to visit on a trip to York.

John Waite

5 months ago

Excellent selection of beers/lagers. Freshly made food and a great atmosphere. Busy place so book if you are going in a group.

Charlotte Mann

7 months ago

My absolute favourite haunt in York, just outside the city walls. Drinks are extremely reasonably priced which makes it a popular hotspot among students and the food is always a decent portion. Service is quick and the staff are lovely. With board games and and a free pub quiz on Thursday evenings what more could you want? Would love to see the cheesecake out on the deli counter more often though!

Dr Oliver Sacks

7 months ago

Heading towards the city walls from the East towards the foreboding Walmgate Bar you could easily saunter past the Rook & Gaskill pub in search of a more traditional, vibrant, authentic (feel free to add your own adjectives here) public house but you'd be missing an exquisite opportunity to sample one of the most delightful, welcoming and truly unique hostelries in York - née, Yorkshire - actually, the whole of the North if I'm being objective here. Yes I've eaten in footholds of Langdale, supped in Haworth on the hill, partaken lunch in the Pipe and Glass and pushed through the madding crowd in Whitelocks in Leeds but that chorizo scotch egg and pint of IPA in the Rook knocked the previous holders off their pedestals - this is a pub that does it all. Its namesakes (Peter Rook and Leonard Gaskill - the last men to be hanged in York in 1676 for sheep rustling only a stone's throw away from the here) might not have been quite as eager to hustle if this had been their local. Attracting students (you can barely get a seat during term time) and locals alike, its uniqueness flows from the warm owner's welcome and his understanding that real ale isn't a fad but a unique way of life for crusty old gits like me and a whole other swath of society fed up with identikit beer selections - the big boys have no say in here - local ales from a mear 3 miles away, Belgium triples, ciders from the West Country, you name it - it's on the wall. If you've ever been to the House of Trembling Madness, think their selection of ales but with a more friendly front of house and better snacks (and a better chance of seat). I'm lost for words really - go there and drink then tell me you're not moving to York.


1 year ago

One of the best pubs in York, spoiled for choice as there are many different beers to choose from, all from independent breweries, they have a huge digital beer menu on the wall to help you choose. We've been here 4/5 times since our daughter moved to York and every time we loved it. Great mixed crowd of young and old people. Food is good value as well, we had a burger and a pizza, impressed with both.

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