Find a pub in York

York is a city steeped in captivating heritage and culture. As one of the oldest cities in the UK, its history actually predates the medieval architecture that characterises the city, having been a major settlement for the Romans, then the Saxons, then the Vikings.

Nowadays, beyond its cobblestone streets and medieval walls, York is bursting with cultural hotspots and fantastic activities for visitors and locals, with a vibrant food scene and thriving nightlife too. York also has an incredible range of distinctive Greene King pubs where you can absorb the quintessentially Yorkshire atmosphere and surroundings while sipping deliciously refreshing pints. From centuries-old neighbourhood haunts to modern bars serving premium spirits, York has a Greene King pub to suit every taste. 

Best pubs in York

As you wander through York's charming streets and soak up its historic architecture, you'll stumble upon several fantastic pubs, each with its unique appeal. From historic pubs with stories to tell, to modern gems with a twist, here are a few standout favourites:

Find your local York pub

The exterior of The Golden Lion pub in York

Craft ales in traditional settings

Right in the heart of York's historic city centre, The Golden Lion is a traditional pub with an eye-catchingly ornate exterior. Only a minute's walk from the iconic York Minster, it's the ideal starting point for exploring this beautiful city, whether you want a hearty breakfast to kickstart the day’s adventures or a swift half.

Renowned for its cracking selection of craft ales and premium gins, The Golden Lion is a must-visit for enthusiasts. But that's not all – you’ll also discover live music on certain nights and live sports on the big screens to keep you entertained. While you're here, don't miss our cosy beer garden, perfect for savouring a pint or two in the fresh air. And yes, we're dog-friendly, so four-legged companions are more than welcome.

The interior of Lendall Cellars

A taste of history in an 18th century cellar

Lendal Cellars, a charming cellar bar that dates back to the 18th century, was once the Lord Mayor's wine cellar. Located in the heart of York, it exudes a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and is a much-loved spot for both locals and tourists.

Step into history as you enjoy excellent food and drinks. Thursday evenings are extra special with our Cellar Sessions Jam Night, featuring talented local musicians. And don't miss our fantastic beer garden to make the most of the weather when the sun shines on Yorkshire.

The interior of Ye Olde Starre Inn

A landmark pub with ghostly tales

Built in 1644, Ye Olde Starre Inne is quite possibly York's oldest public house with an incredible history. During the English Civil War, it served as a hospital and mortuary for soldiers. This Grade II listed building has witnessed centuries of York's history, and it has a few stories of its own.

As you take in the majestic views, keep an eye out for ghostly shadows of soldiers and the eerie presence of black cats that lived here 300 years ago. A real must-see for tourists and a staple for locals, The Old Star is dog-friendly too, making it the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing pint after exploring York with your pooch. Treats and water bowls are ready for your furry friends, and our eclectic food menu ensures there's something tasty for everyone.

A pint of beer

Sports, spectres and centuries of spirits

Situated just yards from Micklegate, the southern entrance to York, The Windmill Inn is steeped in legend and lore. Some say it's haunted by the ghost of a girl who was run over by a brewer's cart, and others have reported experiencing a mysterious cold mist. The Windmill Inn has even been listed as one of the five most haunted pubs in the city by The York Press.

Nowadays, The Windmill Inn is known for its always-inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect place to meet up and tuck into tasty pub grub with family and friends in York. Sports lovers will find a haven here, as we broadcast live cricket, golf, rugby, and all the big footie fixtures.

Our spacious, airy beer garden provides the ultimate setting to savour refreshing drinks and generously portioned meals in the sunshine, and you'll relish our diverse food menu. With a rich history dating as far back as 1735, our pub is nearly 300 years old, making it a true York gem.

More about York

York is a bustling city with plenty of history and a vibrant culture, offering a wide range of attractions and unique experiences for both residents and visitors. Explore the city's ancient streets, visit iconic landmarks such as York Minster and the iconic Clifford’s Tower, and immerse yourself in its fascinating heritage.

Discover the captivating history of York, from its medieval walls to its Roman roots. Explore the city's many museums, including the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum, a must see for train enthusiasts. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the picturesque River Ouse, or relax in one of York's beautiful parks.

York is also renowned for its culinary scene, boasting a thriving food culture that offers everything from modern bistros with Michelin stars, to trusty, traditional British pubs serving up classics that everyone loves. Whether you're craving something homely and comforting or modern fusion cuisine, you're guaranteed to find something to tantalise your taste buds.

No matter if you're a history enthusiast, an aspiring foodie, or simply seeking a cosy pub to watch the world go by, York offers a huge choice of pubs to tick all your boxes. Embrace the city's one-of-a-kind charm and lively atmosphere, and pay a visit to one of York’s Greene King pubs to make your trip even better.

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