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I'm half-Dutch, half-English, fully a fan of real ale and pubs which try to do something about unwanted cigarette smoke!

I'm a retired laboratory worker and a fan of Harrogate Town.

Thirty years' beer-drinking has increased my waistline but not my cynicism. There are some great pubs around in Britain if only people would take the trouble to find them.

Username: Tony_Earnshaw

Age: 63

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The Phoenix, York

March 2007, and the Phoenix has yet another new landlord, but first impressions are that he's doing a great job.

The Phoenix has three interesting real ales on offer: Jennings Mountain Man and Banks's among them, on my visit.

The Phoenix's interesting (and smoke-free!!) U-shaped lounge is unlike the lounge in any other pub in York that I can recall. It can be a tight squeeze when entering and leaving but the friendly locals don't mind that.

17 Mar 2007 12:39

The Punchbowl, York

Great to have a real ale pub which serves customers until midnight, even later at weekends.

The staff are a real mixture when it comes to beer knowledge. Some know it and appreciate it, whereas I get the impression that some of them don't drink it themselves and consequently don't know much about it.

But at least we York beer drinkers have somewhere to go, late at night!

14 Mar 2007 15:35

The Rook and Gaskill, York

Can be very busy at peak times - there again, which York pub isn't? - so don't come expecting a quiet seat on a weekend evening. But at least the crowd is a knowledgeable one, with an appreciation of good beer. Pleasant staff, who'll help anyone out with making a selection from their huge range of beers.

The hard floor at the front of the pub causes an echo-ey effect which can drown out conversation when it gets noisy. But if that's the only drawback I can think of, you can imagine what a good pub this is.

14 Mar 2007 15:28

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