Last year York got a special treat with the opening of a Leeds Brewery pub right in our city centre!
Very soon after opening, the Duke of York became one of my favourite pubs in York. Situated on Kings Square, right in the heart of the city, the pub enjoys wonderful views over the medieval streets and Minster. What I like most is how versatile the pub is; I can go just for quiet daytime coffee by myself, evening drinks with friends or a hearty meal consisting of freshly prepared and filling pub grub!
There are two levels to the pub, the bar is downstairs along with a more relaxed seating area which often hosts live music events. Upstairs is more of a dining area, my top tip is to get the table overlooking Kings Square, you might have to kick me off it though as it's my favourite!
I also have a lot of respect for somewhere that continues to innovate and put on new offers and events, despite continuing to be ridiculously popular among locals and tourists alike. This is a pub which doesn't rest on it's laurels.
The most recent addition to the Duke of York's offering are Cheese and Beer Boards. This idea was borne out of the pub's cheese and beer nights, which gave people the chance to try cheeses which had been paired with different beers.
Beer and Cheese Board, £5
I was pretty intrigued by the idea of beer complimenting food, so I met up with the manager Martin to discuss all things beer and food! We even discuss putting beer in cakes....
You can listen to my interview below:
Another quirky idea the pub is trialing is "The Dukes Gin Shop" - for £4 you can try out some amazing gins which have suggested flavour combinations.
I'm a Hendricks kind of girl and a G&T is pretty much always my drink of choice, so this caught my eye pretty quickly. I was actually very impressed by the value (York prices for a single G&T can be up to £7.... ouch!)
Whilst the pub obviously stocks the extremely moreish Leeds Brewery Beers, (my favourite is the dark Midnight Bell,) it is by no means limited to them. They often do swaps with other brewery's, barrel for barrel, meaning that there are always unusual and interesting beers on tap. The bottled selection is also impressive too, with some great Belgians, stouts and porters.
I'm also a fruit beer fan and found my fix with this raspberry Founder's Rübæus
The comfy downstairs seating area at the Duke
The lovely Martin showing me the proper way of pouring beer!
I really recommend the food here, you can also reserve tables which is a great touch!
To find out more, here is the address and contact info!
The Duke of York
I hope you have enjoyed this review/ interview with The Duke of York. I'm always looking out for interesting interview subjects, so if you are an avid baker or a business owner with a unique perspective on food, get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org