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The Red Lion, York - pub details

Red Lion
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Address: 2, Merchant Gate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9TU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 18973) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations York (0.7 miles), Poppleton (3.4 miles)

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Still a decent place, traditional interior, 4 cask ales.
alexw - 2 Jan 2017 16:49
Decent place, the staff clearly care about their ales as we were offered a taster of one. Worth a visit.
alexw - 27 Aug 2011 13:36
Genuinely traditional building that seems to cater mostly for tourists- the interior is composed of several rooms that ramble around a central bar, and the walls are stone with plenty pubby touches. Two fires in the two large rooms-both gas-powered, unfortunately.
Beer range not the best in York- Deuchars, Black Sheep and Tetley Bitter. Deuchars was OK but there are better pints nearby.
I quite like the place bu wouldn't prioritise it if visiting York. I wouldn't be averse to another visit though.
Carlurmston - 10 Mar 2010 18:36
Love this pub, and have a lot of memories here from my old student days (93-96).

Went in last week, and it hasn't changed at all. Same lovely character.

I have to echo Quinno's comment though regarding the level of service. My wife and I too experienced the sarcastic barman with his "barfly friend" and weren't impressed at all.

Also, the price was such that I had to actually double-check he'd totted the drinks up correctly. Too pricey by far.

Worth paying a quick visit, but until the prices get reasonable, I wouldn't spend an evening in here.


Bombjack - 11 Mar 2009 15:42
Found this place a rather disappointing experience.

There were a couple of ales on (my Deuchars was OK), but were quite expensive compared to nearby outlets. The inside was very Olde Worlde style, though a bit cramped but par for the course in York. So for, so OK.

However the real beef was the service level; which left a lot to be desired. After asking for a black coffee for Mrs Quinno and being served a white one (important for her as she can't have milk) I asked for it to be changed - quite politely - to which the barman (who had cocked up the order in the first place) audibly sighed and rolled his eyes at his barfly friend who sniggered loudly.

Won't be back in a hurry on that showing. Given the prices and service levels this place feels less like an honest boozer and more like a tourist trap. Poor.
Quinno - 20 Feb 2009 18:52

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