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Golden Ball

2 Cromwell Road
York
YO1 6DU
Phone: 01904652211
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Pub SignMan left this review about Golden Ball

The Golden Ball is a Victorian era backstreet pub that underwent an inter-war remodelling thanks to the John Smith's brewery, leaving it with arguably the most interesting internal layout of any pub in the city. A terrazzo floored corridor leads you past a series of doorways before finally depositing you in the rear right main bar - a bare boarded room with a small but highly attractive servery on the front wall with a cream tiled counter upon which a selection of bakery products had been provocatively positioned at one end. Basic seating is supplied throughout this room, including numerous benches around the perimeter and there is some unusual map image wallpaper on the back wall, a brick fireplace to one side and a dartboard. To one side of the bar there is a highly unusual snug type space, with terrazzo flooring and space for just two tables and some bench and low stool seating. A small hatch here allows customers access to the bar and the space is opened out to the corridor, making it a feature that is quite possibly unique to this pub. To the rear there is a comfy lounge, or smoke room if you prefer, with curved banquettes and low stools arranged around a tiled fireplace. Bell pushes still survive above the banquettes and a large bay window looks out to the smartly presented rear garden. Local art lines the walls and many items appeared to be available to purchase. There is one final room to the left of the entrance - a newer addition converted from private quarters in the 1990's, where you will find a bar billiards table, smart tile fireplace and additional seating in a smart carpeted space.
The ales available on this visit comprised Black Sheep Golden Sheep, Taylors Golden Best, Moorhouse Black Cat, Treboom Yorkshire Sparkle, Adnams Southwold Bitter and Little Brew Porter. This struck me as a pretty decent selection and my Yorkshire Sparkle was better than I'd initially anticipated.
This is a really interesting pub that was good to explore and learn about. It seems very popular, with many of us confined to the corridor and garden due to the lack of available seating, and rightly so. Another excellent central York pub and one more for the revisit list.

On 28th May 2015 - rating: 8
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Steve of N21 left this review about Golden Ball

A good community corner back street local and despite its multi room layout, was sufficiently busy on this Friday evening to mean we were restricted to spending most of the time vertical drinking in the central corridor and getting in the way of people on the way to the toilets.
Despite that I still enjoyed the brief visit here before departing back to the station, especially as the Moorhouse Black Cat was on fine form.
In agreement with the other reviewers, this is another of York’s pubs well worth seeking out.

On 4th May 2015 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about Golden Ball

I visited the Golden Ball on a recent Friday evening when the pub was fairly busy even before the large group I was with arrived. This is a multi-roomed pub with a bar to the right that supports seven hand pumps and a limited standard selection. There was no background music during my visit and I didn’t see any televisions, but there is a bar billiards table in a seating area to the left of the entrance. Blues is advertised for the first Thursday of each month.

This is a good pub and is worth a visit.

On 26th April 2015 - rating: 7
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York city centre by Will Larter
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  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 April 2015 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 April 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 01 October 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
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Last inspected: August 24th 2010
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Events at Golden Ball
9pm, Thu 19th Oct - 11pm, Thu 15th Feb
8pm, Mon 23rd Oct - 11pm, Mon 29th Jan
8pm, Tue 24th Oct - 10pm, Tue 27th Feb
9pm, Thu 7th Dec - 11pm, Thu 5th Apr