Pub Of The Week: The Black Swan, York

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It goes without saying that a 15th-century house-now-turned-pub will ooze character.

The walls, the dark oak panelling, the stone floors; all have soaked up the history, the life and the stories of a place so old. There’s (reputedly) the odd ghost too. Exciting.

Nonetheless, all the above, does not a good pub make. However the Black Swan on Peasholme Green (named so as it 
was once a water meadow for growing peas) is a York favourite, and for good reasons.

The bar alone boasts a fireplace so big I am surprised there’s no pig roasting above the coals. Tables are snug, and filled with a cross-spectrum of both visitors and residents of York. This room is alive with conversation and laughter.

Offered from the bar, are a range of guest and mainstream ales. Food is not allowed in this room and for once I agree. This is, after all, a drinkers’ bar and ‘no chips allowed’ seems fair enough. Behind is a room, specifically for both drinkers and diners; making a friendly and amiable mix.

Then there is the ‘restaurant’ section which is altogether different. Many original features remain, but the rest has been dragged into the 21st-century, including replica tables and chairs.

The food at the Black Swan is spot-on for a pub; you will not be disappointed if good honest fare is what you are after.

Top all this off with frequent live music upstairs. You can also start a famous York Ghost Walk and eat afterwards.

What more could you want from a pub?

ELAINE LEMM

The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7PR. Tel: 01904 679131.

THE VERDICT

Welcome*****

Drinks selection****

Atmosphere*****

Food****

Prices*****

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