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The Fox, Holgate, York

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168 Holgate Road
York
YO24 4DQ
Phone: 01904787722
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Alex Conway left this review about The Fox

A really nice road side local in the Holgate are of York. This is an Osset brewery tied house and Inside it keeps a lot of its original Victorian features and has some really good artwork and stained glass windows. There were nine real ales on the bar on my visit with one of two pumps dedicated to a cider (one cider pump was not in use). the choice comprised of the typical Osset beers (Yorkshire Blonde - £2.90, Silver King - £3.10, Excelsior - £3.30, and big red - £2.95) as well as guest beers Fernandes Senator - £3.10, Acorn drop kick - £3.05, Acorn Evoloution - £3.20, Exit 33 - £3.30, Tetleys bitter- £3.10 and the cider option was Mango - £3.60. This pub also has a really good beer garden with bar service available outside via an outside hatch, very nice on a warm October afternoon although slightly infringed by the nearby traffic.

A very nice pub just outside the center of York, My pint of Big red was very nicely kept and I would defiantly return in the future. well worth venturing to if ever around the train station end of town.

On 9th October 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fox

Situated in the Holgate neighbourhood, but still a relatively short walk from the train station (albeit in the wrong direction for the city centre), this is a great community local run by the Ossett Brewery. The pub was built for local railway workers in 1878 and retains a traditional multiple room layout to this day. Entering into a corridor, the main front bar is immediately to the right, in a small but smart room with a tiled floor and dark wood servery which has a simple frosted glass bar back. A curved button backed banquette runs along the front wall and there is a nice tiled fireplace on the end wall with a huge Ossett mirror above. The walls have been decorated with a large collection of fox themed artworks, which I thought looked really good. The corridor hosts a few slot machines, which is a bit out of keeping with the rest of the pub's look, although there were a couple of TV screens showing an England football match throughout the pub. Moving on, there is a smart lounge style room to the left - a bare boarded space with banquette and low stool seating, broken up by partitioning screens with fox motif stained glass inserts. A large pub mirror dominates the décor, which includes all sorts of old odds and ends and probably merits further exploration. Further back, past some pump clip wallpaper you find a small rear bar (the 'tramcar room') with parquet flooring and button backed banquettes with luggage racks filled with suitcases above. Another tiled fireplace can be found on the far wall. Finally at the back, two snugs appear - one with curved padded banquettes and another with basic seating and access to what appeared to be a massive beer garden.
Ossett stable beers took up much of the space on handpull, but there was space for a few guests, with the full range on this visit comprising Ossett Yorkshire Blonde, Excelsior and Silver King, Fernandes Folk Lore and Jackdaw Mild, Roosters 41 Degrees South, Exit 33 Blonde and, in a nod to the pub's former owners, Tetley's Cask. My pint of the Roosters was fantastic and I found the staff and locals to be very friendly and accommodating.
This is a pub that seemed to attract a good customer mix based on my Friday night visit, by appealing to the pub traditionalist, beer lovers, sports fans and creating an environment in which people can feel welcome and comfortable. I really enjoyed my time here and thought it was a great showcase for the Ossett Brewery.

On 28th May 2015 - rating: 8
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Old Boots left this review about The Fox

A former Tetley's Heritage pub built in 1877-8 although there has been a pub on the site since 1776, now taken on and renovated by Ossett. From Holgate Road you enter a long corridor with a hatch half way along. The main servery is to your right where on the nicely carved counter you will find ten hand pulls, four with the Ossett range, one with a cider called Side-R and five guests sometimes from the other breweries in the Ossett family. Tap stuff is provided in the form of five different lagers, Guinness and a keg cider from Stowford Press. The room itself is neatly renovated in Victorian style with plush bench seating, Britannia tables, open fire and a lovely tiled floor, the decor is fox based with umpteen pictures of foxes in various styles. Across the corridor is a sitting room in similar style, although this one has a mainly Dick Turpin theme, there is big screen as well and a potted history of the pub. Two nice repro Art Nouveau fire places complete the atmosphere. Behind the servery are two small snugs with a railway theme, the carriage works used to be behind the pub. Behind that is yet another small sitting room with access onto the smoking shelter/ veranda and the large beer garden. Ossett have carried out a super job in this renovation and with the Volunteer being a shortish stagger away there's every reason to visit this quarter of York more often, it's only a five minute bus ride from the station if you don't fancy the walk.

On 16th May 2014 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
York, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Poppleton, 2.41 miles, 46 min walk (show)
Hammerton, 8.25 miles, 2 hr 39 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Fox, York
29th Jan 2016, 09:18
Request to remove pub from area York West by ROB Camra approved
 
29th Jan 2016, 09:18
Request to remove pub from area York West by ROB Camra

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by ROB Camra
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