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Snickleway Inn, York

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A curiously named pub, with the usual olde features, nick nacks ghosts etc. From a beer menu mostly new to me I chose (according to my dodgy diary entry) a pint of Ridgeway Jail Break, (3.40). A pleasant pub but in my current cynical mood, barely above average.
Queenslander - 2 Sep 2016 22:26
Small and historic pub on one of York's main shopping thoroughfares. From what I could see, there was just one small bar. Ales were Theakston Black Bull Bitter, Adnams Ghost Ship, Jennings Sneck Lifter, Roosters Yankee & Yorkshire Heart Blackheart Stout. Cider was Westons Old Rosie. Another quality York pub which oozes character.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jul 2014 14:22
Very traditional pub half way up Goodramgate.

Lots of nick nacks on display inside with a few old beer signs aswell.

5 pumps offering a range of ales from various breweries, 2 of them locales, I opted for a pint of Purple Moose Brewery Glaslyn Ale @ 4.2% and some chilli nuts, which were excellent and good value at 60p.

Busy Saturday afternoon crowd, mainly all locals.

Nice pub overall and slightly different to the others I had already visited in town.

lezford - 16 Apr 2014 13:56
Nice pub, with lots of history, dating back to the 1600's. Supposed to be very haunted, but don't let that put you off! Good ales served, including Roosters, Cask John Smiths. Didn't eat, but the menu looks interesting.
ahsund72 - 11 Nov 2013 11:59
Pleasantly quiet on an early sunny Sunday evening early in June. At least 5 real ales on the pumps. An histioric pub; a framed hand-written sheet just inside the door gives a little histiric info about the pub and its ghosts - a mostly benign bunch. A local brew, Rooster's Yankee, a pale ale, is going down well. Don't do food on a Sunday evening so off elsewhere after this one pint.
shaggyorigin - 2 Jun 2013 18:26
Cannot pour Guinness properly to save their lives. But then the quality of the drink is the best in York! The staff are always friendly, helpful and quick to service. The atmosphere is great, prices are very fair, this place is great!
Defender82 - 4 Apr 2013 12:45
I also visited on a Saturday night, I would describe it as comfortable rather than quiet. A good range of well kept beers on the bar. Efficient, friendly staff and a good mix of customers; diners at the tables and drinkers chating at the bar. A good all-round pub
Islander - 12 Nov 2011 16:02
The Snickleway Inn is yet another pub vying for the title of “Most Haunted Pub in York”. A comfortable, pleasant, high-ceilinged pub, with two distinct areas in which to drink. It was a Saturday evening when I visited and very quiet compared with some of the pubs in Goodramgate.

There was a decent enough range of ales on – Wharfebank “Tether Blonde” at £3.00, Timothy Taylor “Landlord”, Rudgate “Viking”, Jennings’ “Snecklifter”, Ossett “Silver King” and John Smith’s Bitter which was cask!

Nothing about The Snickleway really made an impression – either positive or negative. 6/10.

5thearlofwimbourne - 22 Oct 2011 14:58
Some of the best beer in York, last time I was in we were spoiled for choice with Taylor's Landlord & Best Bitter and Rudgate Freyja's tears, a recent star of the York beer festival amongst others.
rememberbass - 4 Oct 2011 20:06
Nice pub that I recently visited for the first time.friendly and welcoming with decent real ale.


Ayresomeangel - 24 May 2011 15:35
Seems to be a local pub for local people(?) a group of four of us went in and were not only ignored by the bar person - It was not busy - but the (LOCALS) sat on the bar stools all looked at us and shifted their seats together, which seemed to be encouraged by the girl behind the bar, we were then ignored for a bit longer, before deciding that it wasn't worth the hassle and left. I wouldn't bother going in unless the staff and locals already know you - even then I wouldn't recommend speaking, in case you get you say something they don't like ie: trying to order a drink!!.----AVOID
NH77 - 25 Jan 2011 22:52
Nice traditional pub with a good choice of beers.
multiplexor - 8 Sep 2010 21:58
Great pub friendly staff and a good range of real ale for a small bar. This is some of the best kept ale I've drunk in a long time. I must disagree with caliwag, There is a great choice of all types of ale from strong to session dark to very pale. if anything caliwag needs to get real and should have noticed the locale badges on atleast one ale. I would rather choose between 5 good real ales than 20 bad ones that stand around going off because they aren't shifted quick enough.
norwichchris - 19 Aug 2010 16:17
Well, in terms of York, I would not go out of my way to visit. I agree it has character, but atthe end of the day the beer choice is not wonderful, never has been. Whoever the landlords are need to get real and understand that there are now hundreds of fantastic breweries within 50 miles of York...Choice is the watchword of the politicians, so lets have more choice in a decent pub!
caliwag - 6 Aug 2010 21:47
Bloody marvellous pub. If in York find it and go there. It even has the odd tv celebrity frequent it. Please post which famous person you have seen in there. I saw Harry Gration
adamisboozingasusual - 17 May 2010 20:39
A lovely old pub with, most importantly, a very satisfactory selection of ales and a friendly atmosphere.

Can highly recommend and will definitely be visiting again.
egummow - 7 Jan 2010 20:17
Went here last weekend after walking past and thinking it looked nice... once inside it was more than nice - a lovely old-style pub with high ceilings and immense character. Old Speckled hen was very very good - probably the best pint i've had from a pub to date.

Will def be back next time i'm in town. Highly recommended.
essjaydee - 14 Oct 2009 22:49
This pub has lots of character and is well worth a visit. There were 3 real ales on when we visited and the John Smith's which we tried was spot on!!
multiplexor - 14 Jul 2009 20:33
Splendid half timbered interior decorated with brassware and willow pattern plus some interesting prints and pictures. One divided big room with big clear glass windows looking out onto Goodramgate, a little less touristy than some streets in York. Cask beers from Black Sheep, John Smiths and Marstons, (Old Speckled Hen), with a similarly unadventurous keg offering. Sadly my Black Sheep was more than a bit tired. Some good cartoons in the Gents by a local artist called Phil and “probably the smallest beer garden in the world”. Not a style of decoration or a beer list that will appeal to all but there is a friendly atmosphere and it is comfortable enough. It is also alleged to be the most haunted pub in York.

oldboots - 17 Jun 2009 18:31
Belated review this,by about 18months.took a friend to York for a day trip,hunger pains for him Ale pains for me,saw ourselves stood outside,in we went,had a light lunchtime snack,just the job,but the ale was something else.Talk about frothing foaming nectar,we had found it,great crowd of people in there aswell,we were singing it,s praises all the way home,and still do,taken till now to remember the name,as the Terminator says well be back,or at least i will as i am travelling to York 1st weekend nov,Yes you got it right,i shall be spending my Sunday here,b4 leaving Mon am,what a treat,my friend will be jealous he,s paying me a visit here in Somerset the same week,will i brag,bet your life i will,
james55westhead - 28 Oct 2008 09:35
Always worth calling in when making your way down Goodramgate. I have by chance attended the pub quiz a couple of times, and found it to be one of the better ones.
MountainMan - 8 Apr 2008 17:07
Always worth calling in when making your way down Goodramgate. I have by chance attended the pub quiz a couple of times, and found it to be one of the better ones.
MountainMan - 8 Apr 2008 17:06
Always worth calling in when making your way down Goodramgate. I have by chance attended the pub quiz a couple of times, and found it to be one of the better ones.
MountainMan - 8 Apr 2008 17:06
I think this pub is very good because me and my family visited york for a couple of days and were very much suprised at the pubs at night not letting children in. On the second night after a lovely meal (it was ok to let the children in when spending money on food) after about 10 visits to a number of pubs where no children were allowed we came to this pub and they kindly let us in with our son who is 13 years of age. We had a lovely nigh with a quiz, and a lovely roaring fire and very hospitable people. We greatfully appreciated this, so we recommend this pub to other people.
anonymous - 5 Nov 2007 17:01
This place just gets better ! Great beer and large baked potatoes served at lunchtime. Full of regulars with brilliant nicknames such as : Longshanks, Numb Nuts, Little Legs, Wire Wool Head and Herman The German.
littlewilliebrompton - 16 Sep 2006 10:58
Great place warm friendly pub. Make sure you visit, especially the beer garden (you'll find out why)
LSANDS - 17 Jul 2006 15:05
As below, I agree, a wonderful, comfortable, friendly pub. great beer and food, good service, nice interior, pleasant little outdoor yard for summer.
alistair_cross - 20 Apr 2006 12:35
In real life this pub always was and always will be known as The Anglers Arms. Letters are still delivered here addressed to the Anglers.

The word "snickleway" does not exist in York dialect. The nearest you can get in York dialect is "snicket". The name change from "Anglers" came at the same time as a book called "The Snickleways of York" was popular.

Despite the name change cash-in the Anglers never compromised the quality of the ale, it was famous as keeping one of York's best pint of John's.
k1G - 5 Mar 2006 19:49
Forget comfort food-this is a comfort pub!colourful warm and friendly-with a lively history.Rather strange looking at the front bar-as some strange force,appears to have moved the 1st floor ceiling!...One of them pubs you genuinely want to revisit.
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 7 Jan 2006 21:30
Still a great pub full of old characters who will happily chat away to anyone. frank the landlord is a legend, the way he barks at the young bar staff has me in stitches !!!
daveleetravis - 8 Nov 2005 21:29

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