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Punchbowl, York

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Deceivingly large Nicholsons pub in the centre of the City on Stonegate. A Tuesday evening stop for a bite to eat and a pint with the wife.

8 ales on with at least 6 of them from Yorkshire, I had a pint of Moles Mole Catcher @ 5.0%, well poured but this ale has a weird slightly overpowering taste.

We both ordered Chicken Burgers which came with chips and homemade coleslaw, a decent meal and not badly priced either.

The pub itself is very pleasant, has 3 different areas, 2 mainly for drinkers and a more of a dining room just off of the corridor, service is swift and conversation is able to be had without any blaring music.

I choose this pub as we wanted food and I like Nicholson’s pubs, they always have a good range of ales on, this visit did not disappoint and the food made sure the wife was happy.
lezford - 15 Dec 2016 11:39
Quite liked this old pub; a bit different to the other Punchbowl in York. I'm guessing this one came first so I don't know why Wetherspoons chose the same name. My pint of Yorkshire Terrier was 3.70, a bit north of usual York pricing, but hardly over the top. Service was quick & efficient but the overall impression was average.
Queenslander - 2 Sep 2016 22:11
A cosy and relaxing old pub. Friendly welcome and service. Enjoyed a tasty pint from a fairly modest range and a very hearty mixed grill. Well worth a visit. 9/10.
wobblybob - 25 Apr 2015 20:43
Stood at bar for 5 minutes getting ignored by two different members of staff(I was the only person waiting) seemed more interested in selling meals than drinks.
DNA - 4 Jul 2013 12:01
Old pub with plenty of tradition, apparently a haunted pub.
JabbingJubbly - 22 Mar 2013 16:24
called in on fri lunch 17 june ordered to simple meals waited 35 mins had to ask where is our food to young lad,did not even apologise for delay,food was rubbish must have been on the hot plate and forgotten about,if you want edible food dont bother,beer ok.
peterbee - 17 Jun 2011 18:14
Another Nicholsons branded pub this one offering pies instead of sausages. A smaller not so good selection of ale, Wadsworth and John smiths so nothing to inspire me to rush in again soon. Staff a little rusty.

CambridgeBlue - 20 Oct 2010 10:03
The Punch Bowl is another of Nicholson's "Classic Pubs" and is centrally situated in the main pedestrian thoroughfare of Stonegate.

A fine Brewers Tudor exterior leads into a Tudor style wood panelled drinkers bar on the left. On the right is a more comfortable food orientated bar, seemingly principally catering for tourists, off which is another bar at the back.

An information panel tells us that The Punch Bowl has been a pub for over 400 years , although a pub T shirt on sale behind the bar bears the wording "circa 1500" , which seems to be 500 years, not 400, to me. We also learn that the pub has had 2 major fires during this period. Perhaps inevitably, the pub is alleged to have several ghosts.

On my late June visit, beers on were Leeds Best, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, John Smiths Cask Ale and Wadworths 6X. The Leeds Best - £ 2.90p - wasn't desperately good. Interestingly, the much stronger Jaipur IPA was on offer at £ 2.85p.

This is a fine traditional pub, but it doesn't stand out from the crowd in this well pubbed city.
JohnBonser - 13 Jul 2010 13:23
Visiting from Calgary, Canada I was able to retrieve my "Pub Shirt" from this location. Thank you!
Michaelle - 30 May 2010 16:30
Olde worlde city centre pub that claims to be over 400 years old & has 2 ghosts. Inside it is a maze of rooms with low beamed ceilings, dark wood & a stone floor which gives a cosy, warm ambience. I liked the idea of putting tasting notes on the handpumps - very helpful. The 2 regular handpumps are John Smith Cask & Black Sheep. 4 other guests on my 2 visits & I was lucky enough to try them all. The Leeds Best was very nice. They will also do tasters too. There is also a "coming soon" beer menu. Extensive food menu & they seem to specialise in pies. Infact they have a pie menu. On the wall there was a display stating that during the last week they had sold 634 pies & 1321 pints. On our second visit we opted for the minature pie tasters. Absolutely superb! Friendly staff & reasonable prices this is one of my favourite York pubs.
happytyskie - 30 Dec 2009 19:58
Pretty disappointed with this pub, the beers were tired and dull and it seemed to be just set up to serve enormous plates of food. Not one I would go back to for the beer.
imdownthepub - 18 Sep 2009 11:27
Spent an evening here, very nice staff, good beer and food was great, try the pies!!!!! will visit again
smiler47 - 3 Aug 2009 20:44
Definitely the place to go if you are hungry!! The large fish and chips is very large indeed and the rest of the menu looked pretty good too. Nice drop of Black Sheep bitter and regularly changing guest ales. Efficient service from friendly staff. The diet is certainly taking a bashing this holiday!
REVERENDBAZ - 28 Jun 2009 16:08
All a bit 'good time', and attracts the slightly less adventurous types, but pleasant enough as a crawl-joiner. Good pint of Leeds Best
getsit - 21 Mar 2009 20:31
Late review from November when we had a week in York. Enjoyed a Badger beer here. Not to be confused with the Wetherspoons Punchbowl pub. This one is a REAL pub.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 13:12
me and my partner came to york for out 1 year anniversary we walked into this pub and decided to eat was very busy but once we were seated someone took our order, we had a starter which came within 5 mins and then our mains wasnt far behind.......i reccomend the pies they are gorgeous! its worth waiting for the food and its a good pint too.
dj_dawny - 27 Oct 2008 10:55
Nice Pub, with chilled music in the daytime. Deuchars IPA Guest Ale was off, but had a nice Guinness and food was good.
TheMuz - 29 Mar 2008 18:51
Not a bad pub. A little crowded in the from bar area, but the pint of Bass was nice. Reasonable rates for food! I was surprised to have gotten so much in the order so that was a bonus. Only negative were a few punters screaming at each other in a constant barrage of fighting threats. We just steered clear and went to the back for our pints and dinner.
mrdruse - 10 Aug 2007 19:45
Excellent pub which gets very busy at weekends but is worth the visit. Good beer and excellent food.
ranger1485 - 6 Nov 2006 21:55
This pub isn't the wetherspoon's, thats the punch bowl on blossom Street. This place is distinctly un-wetherspoon's-like...
alistair_cross - 18 Jul 2006 17:40
The better Wetherspoons in York, went in on york races day 3 deep at the bar at 1030am but still got served quickly. A traditional pub.
LSANDS - 17 Jul 2006 15:16
A pleasant enough city centre, traditional pub. Low ceilings, exposed beams, and pleasant nooks and cranies to sit in. The serve a couple of hand-pulled beers, and food during the days.
Currently undergoing a renovation, so wait to see how it turns out!

alistair_cross - 20 Apr 2006 12:19

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