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Address: 1 St Helens Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8QN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10402) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations York (0.4 miles), Poppleton (3 miles)

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This large Nicholson’s pub situated in St Helens Square opposite the famous Betty’s Tea rooms was packed to the rafters during my Easter Sunday visit.

8 hand pumps with 8 ales on, 4 from Yorkshire with the other 4 from around the UK, my choice of Ilkley Brewery Mary Jane @ 3.5% was a new beer for me. Busy at the bar with the 4 bar staff coping admirably well.

I don’t need to explain what this pub used to be as other reviewers have mentioned it below but it’s a lovely building with high vaulted ceilings & chandeliers.

The downstairs toilets were a bit pokey and smelly but this is probably down to the pub being so busy & possibly not having enough staff on to cope with the amount of drinkers and diners.

My first visit here, there’s better pubs in York, but the building is lovely and the ale choice is extensive…worth a visit any way especially if it’s raining like it was on my visit.

lezford - 22 Apr 2016 10:46
A lovely looking pub there is something missing.... its hard to explain... the beer was OK, but there was an issue with atmosphere..... a large chain pub the really annoying thing is once again the toilets are down stairs which seems to be a modern thing. It was busy when we visited..... I would say it does no harm to call in but there are far better real ale pubs in town....
Enigma35 - 10 Dec 2012 19:57
Occupying a prominent position on the corner of St Helens Square in the pedestrianised City Centre, Harkers is an impressive looking Georgian building that was previously occupied by Yorkshire Insurance Company, whose name and the date 1824 ( in Roman numerals ) can be seen high up on the exterior of the building.

The split level interior features high ceilings, Corinthian columns and pillars and the look and ambience of a drawing room. The walls have framed pictures of former company directors and chairmen. It's a Nicholson's pub and is one of their branded "Classic Pubs". The pub has a rather stylish grandeur to it and is evidently popular with ladies who lunch. This led to a rather upmarket ambience on my visit.

There's 6 handpumps which, on my recent June visit, were serving Castle Rock HPA, Bombardier, John Smiths Cask Ale and Yorkshire Terrier. Notably, a blackboard behind the bar urged drinkers to "try Yorkshire Terrier - brewed only a mile away - for 2.20p ". I went for the Castle Rock HPA which was in good form, but rather more expensive at 2.90p.

I quite liked the pub, but the beer range was disappointing by Nicholson's standards and this won't be one of my first ports of calls next time I'm in York
JohnBonser - 14 Jul 2010 08:31
Very nice pub, with food and ales at the standard you'd expect from part of the Classic Pubs chain. The varman who served us was very knowledgable, and the place seemed to have a nice enough atmosphere.
adamross - 22 Mar 2010 08:39
I really enjoyed this restaurant. Me and my boyfriend decided to eat there for Valentines night. The restaurant wasn't packed and we didn't have to wait for a table which was excellent. The woman who served me behind the bar was lovely and was happy to serve me and was chatty and friendly as was the woman who brought the food out. Excellent customer service and the food was beautiful. For a starter, two mains and two pints of Carling the bill was 21.20 which I think is an amazing price for high quality food!
Thank you Harkers!
jk_jamieson - 16 Feb 2010 01:23

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