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I used to be a regular here but I gave it up when the York Tap opened next door. The Coopers bar staff are normally students are very pleasant and the place has been refurbished so it can no longer be called "dirty" but as another poster said its days are surely numbered, at least as a bar. Since the Tap does not do food, Coopers would be better as a restaurant.Beers are still hideously overpriced and they no longer accept their own "loyalty card"!
DavidVincent - 17 Mar 2013 14:23
The Coopers brand is synonymous with overpriced dross. Just yards away is the York Tap (not mentioned on here for some reason) which is infinitely better with a large range of ales surprisingly well kept.
anonymous - 13 Jan 2013 09:57
Most pubs attached to or nearby stations attract a " dosser" type of customer, like Nottingham , Birmingham or St. Pancras. This was a pleasant surprise. Very smart place, and friendly bar staff. Well worth a visit while waiting for a train.
davidchar - 24 May 2012 07:36
All has been said in the reviews below - however, in the last month the all new York Tap has opened in the adjacent building (where the Model Railway Exhibition used to be). It is at the other end of the spectrum to this establishment, whose days now are surely numbered ...
MountainMan - 7 Dec 2011 19:23
3.40 for a pint of Speckled Hen!!!!!!!
Daylight robbery!!!!!!!!!!!
sootythebeerbear - 3 Oct 2010 13:48

Outrageously priced nondescript place you only visit as a last resort cos your train is late. Better off buying some tinnies from the shop next door and drinking them on the platform.
Yorkmackem - 27 Feb 2010 12:44
Spent a great day in York for my birthday last week, however it was somewhat spoilt by accidentally coming in here. Normally we stay in a decent pub and make a last minute dash for the train, but this time we thought we'd be sensible and have a leisurely stroll back and grab a drink here. They did have real ale (Black Sheep and something from Birmingham), so I tried the Brummie beer. Uninterested barmaid served it in a plastic glass, then charged me 3.15 for the pleasure! Mrs Clodsthecat decided not to have a drink at all. Beer was average I suppose. Best bit was I went to the Gents and there was a bloke in there eating a burger. He put it on the side whilst he buttoned himself up, then picked up said burger and carried on eating it. Oh, and there was someone else in there smoking. I thought it was one of those electronic cigarettes at first, but on closer inspection it was the real deal! In future I'll be making that mad dash for the train from the Yorkshire Terrier or somewhere better than this dive. Avoid!
clodsthecat - 14 Oct 2009 15:51
No. Point. At. All
getsit - 21 Mar 2009 20:47
Advertises cask ale. Does it have cask ale? Does it bollocks!! They have the handles but they looked like they last saw duty many many moons ago. Still they look decorative and provide homes for the spiders that have created webs on them. Another crap over-priced station bar. You'd be better off grabbing a tin of wife beater and sitting in the bog on platform 1. If you have the time, just escape the station and walk for 3 minutes to the Maltings up the road, as Mountainman previously suggested.
Zaphod - 1 Sep 2008 15:41
Railway capital of the north of England yet this is its very disappointing station boozer. No beer at all on my last visit... but always a lot of lager, usually served by someone who looks like they're tending the place for an older friend. I agree with swcooper - try the Maltings.
the_amazing_wodo - 28 Apr 2008 13:24
Overpriced and dirty. 4.95 for a glass of white wine from a screw top bottle and a shade under 3 for the most sulpherous pint of Stella I've ever had the misfortune to drink. I know it's a station bar, but personally I've been in cleaner public toilets. Better off popping to the Maltings around the corner, or having a can on the train.
MountainMan - 5 Apr 2008 15:35
Used to have decent beer from Black Sheep and others, now has staff with attitude and John Smith's best dishwater. The Maltings is pretty close by...
swcooper - 16 Oct 2007 05:33
I was in here on Sunday. Typical train station pub so therefore terrible beer and full weirdoes.

Also I think the bog was the one used in trainspotting.

Unacceptable on all levels. Who manages these places?

huntface - 26 Jun 2007 22:02
Typical station pub - in it's defence it's clean and tidy which is a plus on most station pubs - but no real atmosphere and the beer was a bit dear then again if people pay for convenience but well worth a couple of minutes walk to go elsewhere.
zamora250 - 27 Apr 2007 21:04
All ales were off when visited.Ideal location 4 beer while waiting 4 a train but bit 2 much of a artificial railway station outlet though. 6/10
fat_beer_badger - 10 Mar 2007 15:29
Tell the bar-staff you work for the railway and you get 20% off ;0)
littlewilliebrompton - 12 Jul 2006 12:27
Bloody expensive and usually full of gay football fans from awful places like Burnley and Stoke.
anonymous - 15 Jan 2006 00:56
Always good for an "off" with other like minded football fans on a saturday tea-time.
daveleetravis - 28 Dec 2005 18:09
awful station pub - hop over the road to the Maltings instead.
TheGP - 21 Dec 2005 21:20
I can entirely agree with everything Simon said below. It is very much a stereotypical train station pub, with some reasonable beers, and some ridiculous prices. The atmosphere is naturally a bit lacking, and I don't think many people would visit it for any other reason than waiting for a train. But it is certainly better than some other train station bars I have been to.
alistair_cross - 31 May 2005 12:35
Not at all bad for a station pub. Has three handpulls (unfortunately, all bar the Tetleys was off when I was there last night), but the prices are pretty ludicrous, even by York standards (2.85 for a pint of Stella is taking the piss)

Worth a look if you've got to wait for a train, but given the proximity of the Maltings and the Punchbowl it doesn't have much else going for it.
Simon - 18 Sep 2003 21:02

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