No one should need any encouragement to go to York with its abundance of historical buildings, lovely cafes and restaurants - and, of course, its pubs. So the Revitalisation Meeting that is taking place in the city this Saturday 21 May provides pub goers and beer and cider drinkers with an added incentive.
Certainly, the location at the Eagle and Child is alone worth visiting with the meeting taking place there from 5 to 7pm. This 17th century timber framed pub is a picture postcard example of what makes York so special. And the Rolling Stones used to hang out here in the 60s.
Before and after the meeting York offers an abundance of attractions from the Minster to the Rail Museum to the delights of afternoon tea at Betty’s - or you could spend the afternoon watching racing at York’s Spring meeting.
Or you may prefer a gentle tour round York’s extensive range of watering holes.
Leave the Eagle and Child and turn left towards the wall, tucked away on the right is the Lamb and Lion which serves good food and has one of the best beer gardens in York being next to the wall and with views of the Minster.
Turn right when leaving the Eagle and Child and call into the Three Legged Mare (a York Brewery pub), and then stroll past the Minster (worth a peek!) and on to the Guy Fawkes Inn on the right. The area opposite the Minster, where the taxi rank is, sees the tourist train call round and gives you a lift to the National Railway Museum.
Past the Guy Fawkes Inn on the right is Stonegate. Well worth a look is the Trembling Madness for a massive take out bottle selection and the most quirky bar upstairs. Also on Stonegate is the Yorkshire Terrier (another York Brewery pub) and Ye Olde Starre Inne which was on the recent Hairy Bikers’ series.
At the end of Stonegate on the left is the famous Betty's Tea Room.
Alternatively, pass the Minster on the left, pass Stonegate and keep walking straight on to King’s Square to find the Duke of York (another Leeds Brewery offering) and the Last Drop Inn (York Brewery).
Go past the Last Drop Inn on the left and you are at the top of Fossgate which is a day in itself - Sutlers (good food), Blue Bell (smallest pub in York), The Hop (Ossett Brewery) and Walmgate Ale House (good food upstairs).
If you go down the famous Shambles next to the Duke of York, the Ye Old Shambles Tavern serves good ale and also food. You can go into the back room and watch the market go by.
There is a Within the Walls blog of some of York’s best pubs which provides a map and a guided pub crawl to make your visit easier.
York CAMRA is organising the York City of Ale Festival on 9 - 17 July. This includes the start of the annual Ale Trail on Friday 15 July which runs for 6 weeks and promotes the York Beer and Cider Festival on the Knavesmire next to the racecourse, which takes place in mid September.
After a day in York you should be warmed up and inspired for the Revitalisation debate on the future of CAMRA!