The Priory York - Pub on Micklegate - Reviews

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Kevin Ireson says: The Priory is a pub on Micklegate in York. It serves real ales, cask lagers and has a few wines available. It has had several name and management changes over the years. It was last known as the Phalanx and Firkin. There is a lot of history to the building that dates back to the 14th century.

Real Ale and Nice Wines

There is a selection of real ales here. Last time I was in there were 2 nice ones on. They also had a couple of lagers available, one strong and one cooking lager. The wines also caught my eye. They had a reasonable selection of bottles, for a pub. Including 3 red, 4 white and 2 rose. What ever your tipple there will be something you like here.

Many Changes Over the Years But still OK

There have been several changes to this pub over the years. Managers come and go as do the companies that run it. However, the atmosphere seems to stay pleasant. It is not what I would call a locals pub in town, but it could be. The staff can sometimes be a bit preoccupied but it is rarely full. So you will get served if you make the right noises.

Tudor Building on the Micklegate Run

Located at the top of Micklegate the Priory stands out on the street. The black and white, Tudor building is the first of this type you see as you enter the city through Micklegate Bar. Micklegate still has a good few pubs on it. The reputation of the Micklegate run still echoes loudly to the delight of many of the pubs and to the horror of many "upstanding York citizens". Personally I still find it good that York is known to be a place where you can have fun.

History of the Priory York

The rooms in the pub are quite large, yet the architecture of the building makes them seem quite small. The reason for it being like this may be, according to sources at York City Council, 103 Micklegate is a grade 2 listed building. So they have to keep the character of the building intact however they alter it. Records state that it was part of a coach house. Parts of it date back to the 14th century. Alterations recorded to it include a 17th rear wing. There are also other 18th century features.

Ricky in his review: Just like to say what a pleasant surprise it was to visit this lovely little pub, which I haven't since it was the Phalanx and Firkin. What a difference a couple of years make. The place is really friendly and serves really good quality drinks and food at extremely reasonable prices. They are Cask Marque accredited and serve some of the best real ales I have had to date. I truly look forward to my next visit.

Please mention you found them on Hotels in York website when you call. Thanks.

The Priory,
103 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire
Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 653231


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