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Gillygate, York

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This place has a split between public bar and lounge area. 4 ales on when I was in- Black Sheep Best Bitter, St Austell Tribute, Oakham Scarlet Macaw and Rudgate Ruby Mild. Some random keg beers that I had never heard of before as well. An okay place, bit bland really, this place is actually a bit disappointing as it looks like a traditional pub from the outside but the inside is totally different. The food is reasonably priced. This place is alright of you want somewhere in York that isn't as busy as the places where most of the tourists will go.
Wezzielad - 29 Dec 2016 15:35
A rather workmanlike place, the exterior is inviting but the interior does not live up to the promise. A couple of beers available. Nothing wrong with The Gillygate, it just doesn't compare well to its nearby competitiors.
Islander - 12 Nov 2011 16:24
Rather undistinguished with just the Copper Dragon ale on when I last visited. I have eaten here and wasn't very impressed, but it was some time ago. There's nothing greatly wrong with it, but the Gillygate does not leave much of a lasting impression, particularly when considering that there are a great deal more interesting and quality alternatives to be found in any direction you care to walk.
ILooklikeme - 19 Jul 2011 10:56
If you are thinking of visiting this place FORGET IT ! No atmosphere (we were the only people in mid Sat afternoon), no TV, no music, and certainly no smiles from the grumpy chap behind the bar. Like fools we ordered food, BIG MISTAKE unless you enjoy rock hard burnt baguette's (which my girlfriend left 50%) or fish & chips where the fish is 95% burnt batter,with very little fish inside, served with cold mushy peas, quite obvious everything on the very limited menu is microwaved. The characterless chap behind the bar was even less amused at seeing the food we had left, but didn't ask why or even offer us a refund. There are some great pubs & restaurants in york, but definately not this place.
anfield95 - 18 Nov 2010 16:47
Popped in to see what this place was like. Was nice olde style pub with two separate rooms. 2 real ale pulls: Hobgoblin and J Smith. Preferring the good Wychwood ale, I found the Hobgoblin in good shape and the place was very hospitable. The bathroom was clean..but cccoooooollllddddd when we went. I'd stop in again.
mrdruse - 1 Jan 2010 17:29
2 ales on - John Smiths and Wychwood Hobgoblin. Tried the smiths - in good form. Food ok - i had the jumbo haddock.
ppw - 25 Aug 2009 21:37
The Gilligate is a nice unspoilt pub in which we received a very warm friendly welcome from the guy behind the bar and the pretty young barmaid. As previously reported there is a choice of two real ales. I am not a John Smith’s fan, but the Hobgoblin was excellent.

But I have to say that in the light of some of the previous reviews that we were VERY disappointed with the food. It was OK, but we have had much better quality and better value for money meals in other pubs in York and the surrounding area.

steve2905 - 4 Oct 2008 05:41
Visited for the first time yesterday.

A very friendly pub near enough to be convenient for the city centre, while being outside the walls, just far enough away not to attract all the tourist market!

The food was very good (I had the gammon) and both cask ales, John Smiths and Hobgoblin, were well kept.

Worth the visit. I will definitely go there again!
alexw - 9 Sep 2008 16:54
fab beer and top fish n chips! Will be back

chris5 - 15 Feb 2008 01:11
This is a fantastic pub far and away the best fish & chips in york and also a great pint whatever your drinking. Two great owners in eric and martin and a hard working manager in dave. staff are wonderful and very pleasing on the eye, musy check this place out when travelling to york. Well done guys you've turned the place around.
anonymous - 20 Jan 2007 11:30
Two real ales on, John Smiths and Black Sheep, very friendly lass behind the bar couple of locals in the corner seems a big pub with a good menu and beer garden afternoon visit must return.
postiebob - 5 Jul 2006 14:31
Great friendly pub from my point of view, good fish and chips also the best pint of John Smiths in York.
woodwizardkev - 25 Jun 2006 12:03
Fantastic atmosphere now they have completely new staff. No 'nice boys behind the bar ' which is great. Good food now back on the menu and a great steak bar in the evening. Top bar.
Citystraight - 4 May 2006 17:34
Eric from Thomas's has just bought this gaff and i reckon it will be more his thing. Food is back on and he has an excellent assistant manager in dave. Could be restored to former glories in no time. Good luck Eric :)
daveleetravis - 28 Dec 2005 18:12
This is a really homely pub with a good range of ale (excellent Guinness), nice staff, good games room and generally a nice experience! If you're in York, make sure you pay it a visit. I always go back when I'm there!
travis_dave - 11 Dec 2005 17:23

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