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The Old White Swan

80 Goodramgate | YO1 7LF, York, England
01904 540911
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Ranked #15 of 46 Nightlife in York
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
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Owner description: You will find The Old White Swan in Goodramgate York within a short stroll of York Minster, Parliament Square and Deangate - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Old White Swan is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We popped on here for drinks and food and it was great. Basic pub grub, good friendly service. A slight complaint was the grubby glasses we kept getting our drinks served in but in every other respect it was a great pub.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

4 of us had a lovely meal in here, nice menu and good prices. great sized table we were not squashed in, like some other places.Decor and furnishings are nice too, and there is a good outside area --weather permitting.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

We arrived and ordered a local ale and sandwich from the menu each. The ale was great and highly recommended however the food was a little poor. I ordered the steak sandwich and it was full of fat. Not enjoyable. Would come back for drinks.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Lovely little pub although the outside does give it a high standard of clientèle they where more than happy to accommodate for 3 hungry children, decor in side was very historic and welcoming, we where served by a young lad graham who was fab n thoroughly made us n our brood feel very much at home, the food does let... More

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We popped along here having just been entertained at one of York's Spooky attractions! We ordered our food and sat outside under the lovely lit garden patio area, listening to the bustle of passers by from York City. The food was worth the 20min wait, which considering how busy they were was good going we thought. Amongst our orders lamb... More

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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Living in York this is a pub we do sometimes drink in. On a night out with friends we met in here for an early tea. As the veggie options weren't great and I didn't want a big meal I opted for the cheese and chutney sandwich with chips. Service was good and friendly but the food poor. Stale bread... More

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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

After previously having a lovely brekky here a couple of times, my husband and I decided to visit again last weekend. It was busier than usual but we ordered quickly. Our cups or tea were brought to us quite quickly but then there was a considerable wait for our cooked breakfast. We had long drunk our tea before the food... More

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East Lothian, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Although, as part of a chain, it is hard for this pub to be truly unique, the staff here work really hard to make guests feel welcome. Our food, which was very professionally prepared, was served to us by Laura, a really friendly, efficient and all round top class waitress. The beer here is good too. There is a wide... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We called in on a Saturday night to find the dining area relatively quiet. A doe eyed chap who who I can only describe as a young Basil Fawlty in the making, eventually took our order. We were told by the couple on the adjacent table to make ourselves comfortable as they had placed their order over half an hour... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Called for a late Sunday lunch and it was very late by the time it came! Beer was good however the the food was expensive and disappointing. The chicken pie was all full of hot air and the so call special burger was small and not very tasty. Not recommended. We won't be going back.

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