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The Black Swan York - Reviews

Five star rating image Elaine Kent tells us: I have been to this pub on many occasions and absolutely love it. The atmosphere is fantastic, the staff are very friendly and helpful. We are going again in May when we visit York and are really looking forward to it.

Five star rating image Martin says: Just back from a weekend break and this became my "local" during the stay. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and locals and good range of beer (even down to letting me drink in southern style without the sparkler!).

Four star rating image P & M Grimshaw tell us: We stayed here a few years ago and had a lovely weekend. It is in a good position to walk into York centre and the food at the pub was really good.

Lindsey Sawyer's review (edited by Kevin Ireson): This timber framed Tudor pub on Peasholme Green claims to be the oldest house in York. It is now used as a pub. Much care was taken during refurbishment to retain many of the old features. This includes doorways, fireplaces, oak paneling and a 17th century staircase.

It has always had, in my lifetime, a reputation for good beer, good food and folk music. Sorry to say I am not so into folk music, so wont describe that bit as good. You will have to find out what you think of it yourself when you go along yourself. Don't forget to send in your thoughts on the pubs entertainment to us.

Historic Coaching in and Cock Fighting Den

It was first noted as a coaching Inn / pub in 1763 and had accommodation for guests and stabling for their horses. As well as being one of York's famous coaching Inns, it had a more gruesome attraction. One of the upstairs rooms was used at one time for illegal cock-fighting . A grill was positioned above the staircase to warn of approaching law enforcers.

Howes of York

The Black Swan was home for many generations of the Bowes family. It was the home of Sir Martin Bowes. He went on to be Lord Mayor of London and Goldsmith to Elizabeth 1.

General James Wolfe

It was reputed to be the birthplace of the mother of General James Wolfe. Wolfe died aged 32 while commanding the British Army at Quebec in 1759. His parents had lived in this house between 1724 and 1726. This was the year before James's birth in 1727.

Ghosts of The Black Swan York

There are two well know ghosts in this pub. The first is a young woman with long blonde hair. She has been seen gazing into the fire on a number of occasions. The other ghost is a gentleman in a bowler hat. He appears to be impatiently waiting for someone and then slowly fades away.


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The Black Swan Public House
Peasholme Green, York,
North Yorkshire YO1 7PR

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