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Another York pub in another historic building. This pub felt a bit more cultured. I settled down into a comfy leather armchair. Ales were Black Sheep Velo, Wells Bombardier, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Leeds Yorkshire Gold & Timothy Taylor Golden Best. Cider was Addlestones.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jul 2014 14:24
A lovely pub to find when visiting York... a homely feel with various rooms. A well kept range of ales, I sampled the Copper Dragon which was in good order. There is food available. On a Saturday the landlord will let you sit in the front bar and watch the horse racing and then the football results, a lovely pub to sit and have some fine ales and watch the sport (No sky though)... One of my fave pubs in York...
Enigma35 - 9 Dec 2013 14:06
Nice enough pub with a good selection of ales. Nice pint of Caledonian "Flying Scotsman.
tarkatherotter - 21 Jun 2012 22:05
Small Tardis type pub, which has three bars in a tiny space including a library bar. Excellent pint of Tim Taylor's and a good curry for less than �10. Very close to the Minster. So many pubs around there I'll have to make another visit to check the rest of them out.
davidchar - 24 May 2012 07:42
Visited this pub at the weekend and I would highly recommend this pub if you are visiting York. There were 6 guest ales on show, TT Golden Best, Golden Pippin, Saltairre Blonde. These were really well kept and I have a lovely time watching my 2 horses sadly depart this world in the grand national. There was a goth wedding taking place down the road at the same time which was a bit surreal.. The pub was friendly, warm and tidy... and reasonable value to... there is a very small smoking area at the back.
Enigma35 - 16 Apr 2012 17:23
Yet another good York pub with a sound selection of ales available. a number of compact rooms off of the main corridor, a pleasant and sociable crowd at the bar on a Saturday evening.
Islander - 12 Nov 2011 16:17
The Golden Slipper is adjacent to The Royal Oak and a different proposition altogether. There was a lively, convivial atmosphere thanks to a duo called �Two Bob� � one Bob played guitar and the other Bob played the fiddle, although it may have been the other way around.

A jolly gathering of patrons was spread throughout the several rooms leading off the main corridor/bar area, and a beer garden at the rear which is the size of a pocket handkerchief. The old �Magnet� sign bears witness to this being a former John Smith pub.

I availed myself of an excellent pint of Timothy Taylor �Best � at �2.85. Also available were Deuchars� �I.P.A.�, Wells-Young�s �Bombardier�, Courage �Best� and Rooster�s �Yankee�. A good, solid 8/10.

5thearlofwimbourne - 22 Oct 2011 14:45
A good pub with a good selection of 5 real ale's available: Deuchars, Wells and Black Sheep were the standards with 2 guests. Good clean lines! Landlord is very attentive and keeps the place in good shape. Several smaller rooms are available to relax in (my favourite is the snug with the variety of books and old post cards in it).
mrdruse - 19 Mar 2011 17:33
Hadn't been in here for years but it is pleasant and last weekend had Timothy Taylor Golden Best, which is very rare even for York. A great pint and it was pretty cheap. Decent pub and well worth a visit I reckon.
derekwinchester - 22 Nov 2010 22:11
Interesting pub not far from the minster but without the feel of it being a tourist hangout.Decent beer
Ayresomeangel - 4 Aug 2010 13:30
The Golden Slipper is a former John Smith's pub situated in York's shopping centre close to York Minster.

As the picture on this site shows, it's an odd looking pub externally, consisting of two different buildings in different styles joined together internally. The pub sign outside features a golden slipper and we learn more inside as to why the pub is so named.

It's a multi roomed pub which, despite some evident alterations, still retains a reasonably traditional atmosphere. There's several rooms off a central corridor, including a small snug "library" just off the main bar and a darts room on the right. It's clear that there's an active darts team, but customers are asked not to play between 11.30am and 3 pm, when the room may be being used by diners. I doubt however, that there's many pubs this central in York that even have a dartboard at all.

The central corridor leads down to a small outside seating area where an old enamel Magnet Ales pub sign has been rather ignominiously consigned. On a wall in this corridor, we see the "Golden Slipper" in a framed glass case. We find out that it was discovered by workmen in 1984 and that it's a medieval leather slipper, which would have been built into the building to fend off evil spirits in a much earlier age. There's also some cricketing pictures in the corridor. Also worthy of note, in the front right hand side room, is a framed list comparing the number of pubs in York in 1885 with the number 1985, 100 years later. Perhaps not surprisingly, there were less in 1985, but still a pretty good number.

Beers on were John Smiths Cask, Deuchars IPA, Speckled Hen, Bombardier and Roosters YPA.

This pub seemed to me to have more of a local feel than many of the other pubs close by, which felt quite touristy, and, on those grounds alone, you might want to consider dropping in
JohnBonser - 14 Jul 2010 08:33
Don't Bother.
Booked 2 double rooms, 2 weeks prior to arrival date.
(when it was raining)
2 days before we were due to arrive the sun comes out and I receive a phone call, sorry we have double booked, you have no rooms.
1 then spent the next 4 hours looking for alternative accomadation.

travelersfrompreston - 11 Aug 2009 07:32
Average pub with 6 average ales that can be got all over York. OK for a quick lunchtime stop, If you can get a window seat then you can watch people as they rush past in their race to go noplace.
Staff friendly enough but the pub just does not do anything to make me want to go out of my way to get there.
CambridgeBlue - 1 Jun 2009 09:16
Nice friendly atmosphere and the beer quality pretty good too, but in my opinion the choice of real ales is not as good as in the Royal Oak next door.
steve2905 - 5 Oct 2008 08:13
Popped in for one on 3rd May. excellant beer, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.
nivramkram - 8 May 2008 09:43
One of the better pubs Goodramgate has to offer, a good range of real ale and gassy stuff too, including Staropramen. Plenty of smaller rooms for more intimate chatting. In close proximity to the Minster and Bar Walls, so it can get busy, especially around teatime.
MountainMan - 5 Apr 2008 21:23
Couple of nice barmaids and the beer is always well looked after but doesn't seem to be a busy as it was 4/5 years ago during the day.
littlewilliebrompton - 12 Jul 2006 12:32
Not been in this pub for years,as the local aleheads said that The brewery had stripped out the original interior years ago.
Decided to venture back in.Looks a good one to me.Several small 'rooms' on various levels.a patch of exposed wall shows the original building materials.Lots of light newly polished wood.Keen bar work.Reasonable pint of John Smiths.
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 7 Jan 2006 11:19
Again another busy pub bar service was slow but worth it when I got my pint of Roosters Special at 3.9% I thought �2.45 was a bit dear but a lovely drink.
postiebob - 3 Oct 2005 17:37
Yet another of York's unpretentious gems - even the John Smiths was good here - really friendly too
mtaylor40 - 21 Sep 2005 21:10
Wonderful pub. Really great, hard to find a fault, except that not enough people know about it, so can be quiet sometimes. Good ales on, always nice, brilliant interior, wooden floors, traditional seating areas, and a funny, (tiny) out-door yard. Recommend to all.
alistair_cross - 31 May 2005 13:40
Nice little pub, the library is a good idea. Some good real ales - I enjoyed the bombardier.
anonymous - 14 Apr 2005 19:23

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