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The wife's favourite pub in York so we had to visit it before we left for the big smoke!

Busy in both rooms when we arrived just after 9pm on a recent Friday. We quickly secured a table and a couple of seats before I headed to the bar where 5 hand pumps had 5 ales on, the Landlord being on the same top form as my last visit in April.

A couple of pork pies were purchased along with the loan of the jars of branston and coleman’s mustard.

Pork pie’s duly polished off we settled down to a long chat with a few locals while groups did the same around us.

This really is a cracking pub, not quite my favourite in York but it’s well and truly up there.
lezford - 22 Dec 2016 10:38
This was our last pub of the weekend and time for a revisit to one of the wife’s favourites.

We arrived just as the live music in the back room was about to start so we sat in the front sung area & chatted to the barman.

4 ales on the pumps, I had a couple of pints of Ridgeside Brewing Co’s Roosevelt @ 4.5% and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord which were both on fine form.

The music was lively, entertaining & not to loud or intrusive from where we were sat.

We whiled away a few hours chatting to the locals & enjoying our beers in this quality pub, another one for the will return to list…which is growing!
lezford - 10 May 2016 13:26
Second visit to this pub - well third actually, but the first time it had closed down. I don't remember too much about my previous visit, apart from the fact it was very quiet. On Saturday evening, there were more people in and there was a much better atmosphere. We sat in the back room and chatted with both the locals and staff. The ale range is good - Hop Studio Mokaya, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Slaters Rye IPA & Wold Top Bitter. Cider was The Hogfather. The Mokaya was certainly very spicy. But all credit to the barmaid. She did warn me and offered a sample first. This pub is definitely growing on me.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Mar 2016 21:28
Excellent Pub tucked away behind the city wall. Front public bar with wooden floors etc looked original. Rear of the pub had a band on and was lit by candles on the tables. Good bar staff,Wold top Brewery Wold way £3.00 was a good pint.
rpf1955 - 19 Aug 2015 20:47
The Phoenix is a pub that eluded me on my last 2 visits so on this visit it was a must tick.

9pm on a Monday night and the front bar is busy while the back bar has a meeting going on, cannot remember what they were meeting about.

In the front bar there's 5 pumps all serving ales. My first drink I opted for a pint of Salamander Thunder Thief @ 4.8%. My 2nd drink was a bottle of Wold Top's Scarborough fair IPA.

About half full, but this doesn't take away that this is a proper well run pub. Knowledgeable and friendly bar man, good choice of draught and bottled ales, original decor and in a position just inside the city walls that makes you walk from town to get here...and it's well worth it.

lezford - 25 Sep 2014 22:51
I last reported on this pub to say it was closed, back in 2008. Finally I got the chance to venture inside yesterday and it was the last of 14 pubs in York for me, before heading back to the station. It's location is slightly off the beaten track and it was very quiet late on a Saturday afternoon. Timothy Taylor Landlord, a beer from The Hop Studio (I can't remember which as by now I was well and truly hammered), Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Wold Top Bitter & Raw Dark Peak Stout were all on. Didn't notice any other features. But at least I can say I have now been inside! Will have to return in a more sober state.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jul 2014 14:40
Lovely pub, and has a bar-billiards table. It's getting a 9 from me for that reason alone!
Xopher - 28 Aug 2013 01:04
Another great local right next to the City Wall. Reasonable choice of ale. Lovely garden in the shadow of the wall. Definetely worth doing as part of a tour of the excellent local and community pubs that are outside the Wall. Beware during the week most don't open until after 5pm.
Steamer1 - 16 Jun 2013 17:50
Small room in the front, big room at the back (with piano!). Washbasins: the drain goes to the urinals, excellent thinking green. Used to be so in Ship Centurion Arminius in Whitstable. B&W nude pictures in the toilets from the old days. Copper Dragon Golden Pippin @ 3.10�. Squarial on the chimney, ah the old BSB days...
Hommel - 23 Jun 2012 21:36
A little gem. Lovely decor, and excellent beer.
nigsy - 1 Jun 2012 08:27
A refurbished although unspoiled pub, now aiming upmarket but not overly pretentious. One bar serves a number of rooms. The front room is quiet, except for the buzz of conversation; jazz music was being piped through the back rooms when I visited. A good selection of ales, all very well kept. Comfortably busy with customers of all ages on a Saturday evening. Still retains the traditional Gentlemens toilet! Well worth visiting.
Islander - 13 Nov 2011 00:02
Excellent compact pub, Jon & Jenny are welcoming hosts and make you feel at home. Been in recently watching the Rugby World Cup, very early starts are made more bearable with coffee and bbq breakfasts at half time. Followed by a beer or two from the decent choice of real ales.
rememberbass - 4 Oct 2011 19:36
Visited this establishment for the first time last Saturday and very impressed.

A little off the beaten track perhaps but worthwhile trying it out.

Decent range of beers and nice friendly bar staff
Ayresomeangel - 14 Mar 2011 12:46
Very smart and sophisticated pub, with candlelit tables and a welcoming smile from behind the bar. Comfortable with a fairly decent range of beers and tasteful decor this seems the perfect pub for insulated couples to while away the time over the weekend broadsheet supplements and have conversations that could have been cribbed from Radio 4 aftermoon dramas. This type of pub is popular with many, and with good justification no doubt, but alas not for me. So I drank up quickly and headed off in search of a more convivial atmosphere.
ILooklikeme - 14 Sep 2010 16:44
This pub is located just inside the City Walls at Fishergate Bar in an area of mainly drab housing but also close to the main arterial route South. The fact that it's inside the walls still gives it an edge-of-city-centre type feel.
It's an unspoilt place that merits a place in the York Historic Pub Guide and I was pleased to see it reopen after a long period of closure.
The layout is unaltered, with a side lobby giving access to a front bar room and a rear lounge. The pub is mostly flag-floored and a lovely real fire roars in the bar. The lounge has been altered slightly but is still comfortable and hosts Jazz nights. The lobby has a servery hatch to the bar with seating around it, an unusual touch. Fine etched windows have the name and show that this was once a Magnet pub.
It's more upmarket that it was, with candles on the tables giving dim light and a very clean feel, but this has in no way adversely affected the character of the pub.
The real ale range was once dominated by the bigger names, but on my visit Copper Dragon Golden Pippin. Moorhouse Broomstick, Landlord and Wold Top Bitter made up a decent range. Copper Dragon was excellent.
The pub is a bit of a way out but easily accessed from the city walls, and is worth a visit if you fancy a pint on the way round. Can also be combined with the Rook & Gaskill and Waggon and Horses on a crawl. Really good to see it open again.

Carlurmston - 10 Feb 2010 14:42
Live Jazz this Thursday from 8.30. Performed in the back area of the pub so there is still cozy seating away from the bustle if you are wanting a quiet drink.
Real Ales currently are, Moorhouse: Broomstick Black Sheep: Best Bitter Copper Dragon: Golden Pippin Timothy Taylor: Landlord Cider: Stowford Press
lauretta.lotti.gergely - 26 Jan 2010 15:15
Brilliantly re-furbished with warm colours, lit by an open log fire and candles. They offer traditional bar foods including pies, pickled eggs and sandwiches. There are also great live jazz performances on Thursdays and Sundays. Friendly bar staff too.
lauretta.lotti.gergely - 26 Jan 2010 00:56
The telephone number is now 01904 656401
tce20 - 19 Dec 2009 16:37
When I went in it was very quiet, but it was a nice pub with a lot of potential. Hopefully people will spread the word about it.
mike89 - 28 Nov 2009 01:25
Recently refurbished, reopened, and very nice! They also do jazz nights once a week, sundays I think.
will_s - 17 Nov 2009 23:36
Still boarded up in November 2008. The new sign is still there!
blue_scrumpy - 2 Dec 2008 20:46
Yes, all board up. Sign looks relatively new, so not sure if it's just being rennovated.
TheMuz - 3 Apr 2008 13:50
All boarded up,Any Ideas- local peeps?
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 23 Feb 2008 00:54
March 2007, and the Phoenix has yet another new landlord, but first impressions are that he's doing a great job.

The Phoenix has three interesting real ales on offer: Jennings Mountain Man and Banks's among them, on my visit.

The Phoenix's interesting (and smoke-free!!) U-shaped lounge is unlike the lounge in any other pub in York that I can recall. It can be a tight squeeze when entering and leaving but the friendly locals don't mind that.
Tony_Earnshaw - 17 Mar 2007 12:39
After visiting this pub whilst on a trip to York, myself and my family were very impressed with the quality of beer and service. It has just been taken over by a new landlord and has got a calming atmosphere an ideal place for a quiet drink.Would recommend anyone to try this pub
SARAHMOORE - 30 Jul 2006 08:57
Good choice of at least three real ales usually, has never disapointed so far
alistair_cross - 8 Jun 2006 18:00
Further to comment below, phoenix has had a retouch outside, so it now looks much improved, and still a good place for nice pint.
alistair_cross - 10 Mar 2006 10:52
Decent pint of John Smiths in a sound pub,just inside the city walls.I usually sit in the front bar which is clean bright and basic-like front bars should be.always had a good pint at this boozer.
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 7 Jan 2006 18:04
Reputation has it that this is a bit of a rough pub, and certainly the exterior of the pub might confirm this, as it is tatty to say the least. Inside however, is a different story, I have never had any trouble there, and the beer is always brill. Out the back there is a pleasant little yard behind the city walls, that is a great sun trap in summer. Don't let the outside put you off, give it a try.
alistair_cross - 7 Jul 2005 15:47

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