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