Real Ale & Pork Pies
York, founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71AD, is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and offers a wealth of historic attractions; including York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination.
However, even though this is all well and good, for us, York is a favourite destination for two other activities; drinking a wide selection of real ales and eating the most delicious pork pies, topped with a slice of black pudding! This is pub crawl heaven.
Given Amanda was successful gaining a new job this last week and as she is on garden leave for the next four weeks, a Friday visit to York was called for. We started out at the Blue Bell, a J D Wetherspoon pub in our home town of Scunthorpe, at 0930 for a full English breakfast and our first pint of the day. With two full bellies, we walked to the train station and hopped on the 1018 to Doncaster, with a bottle of Peroni to pass the time while waiting on the train to York. Virgin trains now offer Adnams Southwold Bitter in cans, which was a very welcome way to pass the journey into York.
The first stop after leaving the train was a massive 200yd walk to York Tap, more ale and the first pork pie. Let the celebrations commence…a half pint in as many bars as we can manage! The York Tap was followed by The Punchbowl, York Brewery (for a game or bar billiards), Gibson’s, Brigantes, The Falcon Tap, Missoula, The Slug and Lettuce, Winner Winner, The Lowther, Plonkers and Pivni. That’s 12 bars and a whole load of fun before heading back to the train station. The highlights were York Brewery (as ever), finding bottles of Brooklyn Brown Ale in Winner Winner (a new bar to us) and the usual rocket fuel strength beers in Pivni, a bar you must visit if you ever find yourself in York…an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful.
The train back to Doncaster included another can of Adnams (thanks Mr Branson), a connection back to Scunthorpe, a taxi home and bed. Another fantastic day out on the ale in one of our favourite UK cities.