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The Crystal Palace, Holgate, York

66-68 Holgate Road
YO24 4AB

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ROB Camra left this review about The Crystal Palace

A very understated exterior leads into a two roomed Sam Smiths pub. There is a lounge to the right and a larger room that seems to act as a taproom to the left. Both have real fires. Despite the Humphrey rules there was quite a bit of swearing going on in the tap especially a group of 4 older men sat around the fire. There's a pool table and a dartboard in this room. The lounge was quieter and very pleasant late on a Sunday afternoon with several chatty punters in. Only OBB of course on handpump and as mentioned in an earlier review below (which is from 2015 despite the date) no dark mild which is my go to beer in Sam's pubs. I'm not sure how much my pint was but the pint and a half of cider was around £3. This is a very good pub for a Sam's house and we'll probably call in here again.

On 23rd May 2020 - rating: 7
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Alex Conway left this review about The Crystal Palace

What a lovely Sam Smiths pub on Holgate road. I sat in the lounge but could see over the bar there was a more bar/games room over the other side. This was a very comfy place to sit with nice soft seating and a huge real open fire which was great on a cold winters night. Beer wise its the usual Sams range at the usual prices, sadly there was no light or dark mild sold here. The OBB was a lovely pint at £1.80.
like the Trafalgar bay not far away this is a lovely clean and nicely kept sams pub that is worth a visit. A truly lovely place to sit especially on cold night in front of the fire.

On 22nd May 2020 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Crystal Palace

Very traditional two-room pub featuring a public bar (with pool table and younger punters) on one side and a more sedate lounge (and distinctly older clientele) to the other. Modest patio beer garden out front. As a Samuel Smith's house, only OBB (£1.80) available on handpump, of course, but who can complain at that price?

On 26th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Crystal Palace

This pub has the traditional old style format with a public bar and lounge. The lounge bar is carpeted with banquettes and bucket chairs, the coal fire was lit and the place was warm and homely. The public bar has a pool table and dartboard and is clearly dog friendly as some bloke was sitting on a bar stool with his dog sprawled at his feet.
Sam Smith's beers so only OBB as a real ale, a half cost me all of 90p! Food is served and Sunday roasts were advertised for £7.95. Wednesday is bingo night, I didn't spot any other events listed, outdoor seating to the front at a couple of picnic benches.
Quite a nice pub despite the obvious lack of interesting stuff to drink, a proper local but with a warm welcome to an outsider.

On 30th March 2015 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Crystal Palace

2 roomed Sam Smith's pub. Usual Sam Smith's selection. The pub has a pool table and a dartboard.

On 14th May 2013 - no rating submitted
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is just outside the city centre and it is in an area where there are not many pubs.
There is a garden at the front of the pub for when the weather is nice and inside there are two rooms a bar and lounge i went in the lounge and this was a smartish comfortable room.
This is a samuel Smiths tied house and there was one real ale on the bar which was Old Brewery bitter and this was a very nice drink and also very cheap.
I was quite happy having a drink in here and the pub was fairly quiet as it was early Sunday dinner.

On 3rd March 2011 - rating: 8
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