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Volunteer Arms, York

Watson Street
York
YO24 4BH
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ROB Camra left this review about Volunteer Arms

What looks like a backstreet locals pub, is, in reality a real ale destination pub. Bar to the left as you enter and a comfortable lounge to the right. Genial bar blockers who happily moved out of the way when I was perusing the large choice of beers. They're obviously used to this happening. A great range of beers on the bar. Mainly, or maybe all (notes fail me) from Yorkshire. Chatty, friendly locals and a couple of dogs on our Sunday, early evening visit. We were just stopping off for a pint on our way into town, but I managed to slip a couple of quick halves in as well as Ms CAMRA sipped her red wine. We'll be coming back here again as we'll be doing the Holgate Road crawl again.

On 3rd June 2020 - rating: 8
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Alex Conway left this review about Volunteer Arms

A fantastic find defiantly worth the walk out of the city center for. Although the pub looks very average down a dark side street inside it is bursting with character. eight real ales line the bar i canremember seeing Taylors landlord, saltaire bitter and brass castle cliff hanger among others, the Landlord was in good nick at £3.30 a pint. Their draught keg selection is also very good with Leffe and other beers from further afield on the bar instead of the generic stuff.
We sat in the corner and was thoroughly entertained by one of the best pub bands I have seen in a while. All in all this is a mighty fine pub and thoroughly deserving of its good beer guide status. I shall defiantly be returning and advise anyone if ever near to pop in and sample their lovely ales.

On 13th December 2015 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about Volunteer Arms

This is an unassuming back street boozer that has been given a new lease of life as a real ale destination and live music venue by the people behind the Swan and Slip Inns. The front door, which has some attractive obscured glasswork with a stained glass top pane, takes you into a surprisingly large main bar area, with the servery to the rear and extends round to the left, with a dark wood counter and nice stained glass canopy. There are benches in the space opposite the bar and some padded banquettes and standard chairs to the right, in an area that was being set up for live music on my Friday evening visit. A stack of back issues of Viz, National Geographic and Private Eye magazines could be found here - pretty eclectic reading material to suit your mood. Over to the left, you will find a bare boarded area with standard tables and chairs under a pump clip collection and some fine pictures of York Minster. There is a predominantly red paint scheme which looks pretty good, although the traditional feel is lost a little to the TV screen which was turned off in one corner. A few pies were stood on the bar counter and available to purchase in lieu of a proper menu. I arrived in darkness, so didn't get around to exploring the beer garden to the rear of the pub.
I counted eight handpulls which were all in action, offering Brown Cow Thriller in Vanilla, Great Newsome Hops in the Spring, Little Brew Ruby, Treboom Yorkshire Sparkle, Leeds Yorkshire Gold, Taylors Landlord and Saltaire Pride plus one real cider. My pint of the Hops in the Spring was very good and the service was prompt if a little distant.
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, this is another excellent York pub that seems to be doing very well, despite its location that sees it slightly isolated from the city's other top alehouses. It is only a ten minute walk out here from the train station and I would certainly recommend making the effort - perhaps as a double header with the nearby Fox.

On 28th May 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
York, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Poppleton, 2.72 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Hammerton, 8.56 miles, 2 hr 45 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Volunteer Arms, York
3rd Jun 2020, 19:22
Review submitted by ROB Camra
 
13th Dec 2015, 16:33
Review submitted by Alex Conway

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday - last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 June 2020 by ROB Camra
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