It’s a bit like a wedge of cheese, is the York. It’s also a little bit like the Tardis. Fairly compact from the exterior, extraordinarily roomy within.
A clever conversion from a far older Edwardian interior, there is, to the left of the main door, a fairly large space with tables for diners, and, straight ahead and to the right, the drinking area. On a day that was sunny but on which that infamous Sheffield wind was blowing, a seat in front of the coal fire was a lovely place to be. Whoever did the décor for the place has a sense of style and wit.
One of the great pleasures of a good pub is noting that the clientele are a good mixed bunch, and that is evident here – we are right in the middle of a student housing area, but over there are two gents of a certain age finishing their lunch and at the far end is a family with friends.
The menu is well-balanced, and there are also a few snacks. I can vouch for the sausage sandwich that was vast, delicious, lovely bread, great meat, crisp little chips and a salad and dressing.
To complement that came two pints of a lovely Bad Seed brew. The York has a bar full of delights for a real ale fan. Great Heck is another firm favourite with the punters, it seems.
The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable – I’ll wager that changes on quiz nights! Tasting evenings also seem to be popular, so here is a living, working pub that is trying its darndest to engage with its clientele at every level.
The York, 243 to 247 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 3BA. 0114 2664624. Open daily.