Monday, October 24, 2011

#46. Royal Oak, 18 Goodramgate, York

We were staying on Goodramgate in York, and Linus and I set out on a pub crawl to explore the local culture. I quite like York, and its pubs did not disappoint.

Our first stop was this friendly spot located in a charming 14th century building similar to those along The Shambles.

Yorkshire is big on microbrewery and a big supporter of its local beers brewed in and around York and Leeds. We were offered a sampler of the six cask ales on tap.

From left to right, that is an Old Peculier by Theakstons in Masham, North Yorkshire; Abbot Ale by Greene King (from Bury St. Edmond, Suffolk, nowhere near Yorkshire, but they own the pub, so there you go); Landlord Bitter by Timothy Taylor of Keighley, West Yorkshire; Strong Arm by Camerons of Hartlepool, Durham County; Copper Dragon Best Bitter from Skipton, North Yorkshire; and a Ridgeside Cascade from Leeds. To top it off, the bartender gave us a sampler of Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy by Westons. The latter is definitely panty-remover, coming in at 7.3%.

Linus preferred the Strong Arm, whereas I liked both the Old Peculier and the Abbot Ale. The pub itself was very comfortable, as you can see from this photo.

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