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Pub SignMan left this review about Minster Inn
Situated just far enough from the town centre to make it a peaceful retreat, but cose enough that it’s not a chore to get to, the Minster Inn is a very pleasant traditional two room pub. Entry is into a fairly wide corridor with doors leading left to a lounge and right to the bar and front room. The bar is accessible from the corridor, so that those in the lounge don’t have to enter the front room every time they want a drink. The front room itself is fairly compact and minimalist, with a single banquette running the length of the wooden floored space, providing enough room for three tables. At the far end of the room is a fireplace which in itself is nothing special, but it has been adorned with wine corks which cover the section of wall above. A few pictures of old York pubs line the other walls, prompting much nostalgia from the other people in the bar during my visit. Several humorous books are on display on the mantelpiece and each table had a handheld puzzle on it – mine kept me distracted the whole time I was here and I still failed to crack it. The lounge looks like a fairly comfortable spot to relax over a few pints and has a single curved banquette and regular seating. There is a small garden to the rear with a covered decking area and what I assumed was the pub’s former sign propped up against a wall. The gents are out here too and are a little bit of history in themselves.
I’m not sure if this pub is tied to Marston’s, but their beer certainly seems to dominate the hand pumps. My choice was Ringwood Bold Forester, Marston’s Burton Bitter and Single Hop Marynka, Jennings Sneck Lifter and York Guzzler (£3.00). My pint of Guzzler was in tip-top shape and went down very easily after an afternoon traipsing around in the pouring rain.
I really liked the feel of this place and thought it had an ideal location that makes it feel a bit like a well kept secret. The landlord seemed like a no nonsense sort of bloke who knows exactly how he wants to run his pub, and on the evidence of my visit, he’s doing a very good job of it. I’d encourage anyone visiting York to add this to their itinerary and I look forward to a return the next time I’m in town.
On 11th July 2012
- rating: 8
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OogyWawa . left this review about Minster Inn
Lovely little friendly community boozer worth finding as it's a little off the beaten track nestling down Marygate off the main Bootham thoroughfare into York. Beer usually well kept although one gripe is that the landlord doesn't listen to the punters that tell him that blonde and golden beers are under-represented on the bar - there are too many of the darker bitters one at any one time from the Marston's stable.
That said - those that are served are well kept. Can't bring myself to give it more than a 7 - mainly due to the distinct lack of "guest" ales and the huge choice of beers available in other York pubs - but certainly a very worth Good Beer Guide pub.
On 13th May 2012
- rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Minster Inn
I see the ratings here climbing 8 to 9 so here I am with 10 as this pub so very well deserves top marks. I hadn't picked to visit here on my list of York pubs. But thanks to a tip off, am glad I called in, this really is a proper pub. Staff management and customers all very friendly and have a great chat. Very clean and well run, they even polish the brass pipes in the gents outside. This pub is quite difficult to leave as the choice and standard of beers are so good. I went for the Banks Lions roar, Marstons Burton Bitter, Ringwood Boondoggle and Jennings Snecklifter. Will certainly call again.
On 19th March 2011
- rating: 10
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