A few people got 20/20 on part one. Apologies for the error in the quiz for those who downloaded it at first. The link was pointing to an old version of the quiz stored on the server. That has now been deleted.
See how you get on with Part 2 (click to download)
Just for fun I’ve made a quiz with a difference.
See if you can identify 20 places in York that serve real ale from the view you get standing at the front door looking outwards. How many of you are sober enough when you leave to take notice of your surroundings?
It’s in Excel format and can be downloaded HERE
Use the comments facility to leave your answers and the first person to get all 20 gets a free pint at Fulford Arms.
What’s On in October Newsletter (pdf)
You can now download the monthly newsletter as a pdf. file
As the leaves rapidly turn brown and create new work for me, by blowing around the pub and car park, I can’t help but welcome the darker nights and the homely atmosphere that the pub wears like a warm winter coat. This is our first autumn in the pub, and we are especially looking forward to welcoming the new influx of students. In fact we are banking on them using the place as a meeting point. As well as somewhere to socialise and study over coffee and cake during the day.
I love winter in a good real ale pub, and York drinkers are really spoilt for choice. The one thing I will miss since taking on my own pub is those evenings sat by the fire in the Blue Bell with a nice pint of Bradfield’s Farmer’s Stout. However, I will make sure we do get out when we can and continue to pop into other favourite haunts such as The Maltings, The Swan, The Slip and the Rook and Gaskill. I haven’t had the chance to pop over to the dark side of town yet to check out the revamped Volunteer Arms but it sounds great and, with the forthcoming opening of the York Station Tap it seems that drinkers are going to be in for a real treat in our city.
Let’s hope that the next time we read about a pub that is struggling and facing closure that it is one that doesn’t make an effort to provide a high quality experience. I know that not everyone likes the same thing, but my customers tell me they don’t want mass produced keg beers and alcopops in a loud pub where conversation is impossible. In my short time running a pub I’ve learned one thing. There is no such thing as a bad pub. Any pub can be turned into a nice place to visit. It just requires the landlord or landlady to give it some TLC and treat the customers with the respect they deserve.
As the summer (was there a summer?) fades into a distant memory, the nights are pulling in and the pub is getting that cosy feel on an evening again. To me that says one thing: A return for movie night!
Sunday nights look the most likely and we’ll launch in a couple of weeks. The question is… what shall we show first?
Hi folks. Just a quick post to let you know that we will be offering Cask Ale Club members a daily discount on a selected ale.
Today you can buy York Brewery Yorkshire Terrier for £2.60 (£1.30 half) on production of your membership card.
Those of you who have signed up in previous weeks but not received your card can now collect a temporary one from behind the bar. Why not have a swift pint while you’re at it?
See you at the bar…