York CAMRA Branch

York CAMRA is a branch of the national Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). CAMRA is a well-established national organisation with more than 160,000 members which aims to promote traditional real ale and pubs.

Cask is BACK, so back CASK

A new campaign backed by CAMRA is calling on beer drinkers to support British brewing and pubs, and opt for a pint of fresh cask beer from a local independent brewery when they return to pubs on Monday.

During lockdown, some 5 million pints of cask beer from small independent breweries had to be poured away, with the brewers who made it left to foot the bill.

Those same breweries have been ramping production back up ahead of pubs reopening, so by buying a pint of cask beer you’re not only supporting your local pub but helping out small independent breweries too.

Pubs open

York City Centre

– The Ackhorne, St Martin’s Lane, York
– The Back Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York
– The Blue Bell, Fossgate, York
– Brew York Beer Hall, Walmgate, York
– The Cock and Bottle, Skeldergate, York
– The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York
– The Gillygate, Gillygate, York
– The Golden Ball, Cromwell Road, York
– The Guy Fawkes Inn, High Petergate, York
– The King’s Arms, King’s Staith, York
– The Lamb and Lion (soon to be The Fat Badger), High Petergate, York
– The Masons Arms, Fishergate
– The Minster Inn, Marygate, York
– Pivni, Patrick Pool, York
– The Postern Gate, York
– The Red Lion, Merchantgate, York
– The Rose and Crown, Lawrence Street, York
– The Rook and Gaskill, Lawrence Street, York
– The Snickleway Inn, Goodramgate, York
– The Three Cranes, St Sampson’s Square
– The Waggon and Horses, Lawrence Street, York
– The Winning Post, Bishopthorpe Road, York
– Ye Old Shambles Tavern, The Shambles, York
– York Tap, York Railway Station

York Suburbs and Villages

– Ainsty Ales Taproom, Acaster Malbis
– The Bay Horse, Fulford
– The Black Horse Inn, Wigginton
– The Blacksmiths Arms, Naburn
– The Deramore Arms, Heslington
– The Fox, Holgate Road, York
– The Fox Inn, Stockton-on-the-Forest
– The Grey Horse, Elvington
– The Heworth Inn, Heworth
– Inn on the Green, Acomb
– The Knavesmire Pub, Albemarle Road, York
– The Lighthorseman, Fulford Road, York
– The Lord Collingwood, Upper Poppleton
– The Lord Nelson, Nether Poppleton
– The Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe
– New Cottage Inn, Haxby
– The Red Lion, Haxby
– The Royal Oak, Copmanthorpe
– The Saddle Inn, Fulford
– The Ship Inn, Strensall
– The Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis
– The Sun Inn, Acomb
– The Victoria Hotel, Heslington Road
– The Walnut Tree, Heworth
– The White Horse, Upper Poppleton
– The Woodman Inn, Bishopthorpe


– The Bay Horse, Burythorpe
– The Blacksmith’s Arms, Lastingham
– The Blacksmith’s Arms, Westow
– Coach House Inn, Rosedale Abbey
– The Crown and Cushion, Welburn
– The Fairfax, Gilling
– The Grapes, Slingsby
– Helmsley Brewing Co, Helmsley
– The Highwayman, Sheriff Hutton
– The Hovingham Inn, Hovingham
– The Jolly Farmers Inn, Leavening
– The Plough Inn, Wombleton
– The Royal Oak, Helmsley
– The Star Inn, Harome
– The White Horse Inn, Ampleforth
– The White Swan, Ampleforth
– The Worsley Arms, Hovingham


– Aldwark Arms, Aldwark
– The Bay Horse Inn, Green Hammerton
– The Durham Ox, Crayke
– The Forresters Arms, Kilburn
– The Old Black Bull, Raskelf
– The Mended Drum, Huby
– Rose and Crown, Sutton on Forrest
– The White Bear Inn, Stillington

East Riding

– The Bay Horse, Stamford Bridge
– The Black Swan, Pocklington
– The Blacksmith’s Arms, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor
– The Cross Keys Hotel, Pocklington
– Gold Cup Inn, Low Catton
– Judsons, Pocklington
– The Market Tap, Pocklington
– The Oddfellows Arms, Wilberfoss
– St Vincent Arms, Sutton upon Derwent
– Stamfords, Pocklington
– Ye Olde Red Lion, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor


– The Boot and Shoe Inn, Barkston Ash
– Cross Keys Inn, Hillam
– Drax Sports and Social Club, Selby
– The Drovers Arms, Skipwith
– The Final Whistle, Selby
– The George Inn, Selby
– The Giant Bellflower, Selby
– Red Lion, Hambleton
– The Swan, Brayton
– Swan Hotel, South Milford
– The Three Swans, Selby
– The Unicorn, Selby
– The Wheatsheaf Inn, Burn
– The White Horse, Church Fenton

Please note that not all pubs will be opening with their usual opening hours.

Over the coming weeks we will continually update the list as some pubs are opening between 12 April and 17 May. Please encourage any pubs with social media to post that they are open as many pubs are not included in our list as no information can be found.

As always, our guides are made from our own knowledge and what information we could find on social media so some pubs may be unintentionally omitted. If your local pub does not feature on the list but is opening, simply email secretary@york.camra.org.uk and we will update our list.

The Slip Inn is our Pub of the year 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Slip Inn, on Clementhorpe is the York Branch Pub of the Year for 2020. The pub remains closed as the layout does not allow for safe social distancing. We look forward to presenting the award when they open.

Paul Crossman, landlord and pubs campaigner gave us his response to the award (click through to read in full):

2020 has turned out to be a strange and very difficult year in so many ways. Most of us have never experienced a time like it, and this very much includes the pub world. We were among the very first businesses to close, and will inevitably be among the last to reopen, something which is especially true for small community-orientated pubs like our own.

While essential workers have toiled to keep our nation fed, functioning and as safe as possible, the employees of tens of thousand of pubs have by necessity become “essential non-workers”, furloughed en-masse as part of an effort to salvage as much of the hospitality industry as possible for the future. The kind of close social experience that is our true stock-in-trade has been rendered temporarily, tragically, toxic, as we have all collectively found ourselves with no choice but to suppress our natural, normally very healthy, social instinct to gather and mingle.

So it would seem, on the face of it, a strange and perhaps frustrating year for The Slip Inn to find itself honoured with the award of York CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

Yet in time-honoured tradition we have chosen instead to look on the bright side. Click through to read response in full

York Branch Area

The York branch covers an extensive geographical area, which includes Selby, Tadcaster and rural parts of North and East Yorkshire, as well as the city of York itself.

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Neighbouring us is the Scarborough Branch of CAMRA who have their own website.

Branch Meetings and Socials

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, all upcoming branch socials and meetings are cancelled. We look forward to welcoming you to them in the nearest future.

All events are published on our website calendar, along with local beer festivals.

Ouse Boozer – our quarterly magazine

Issue 142 Winter 2019

Our magazine, Ouse Boozer, is distributed free to real ale pubs in the branch area and available to download from the branch website.

Latest issue is Winter 2019.

Check out the archive for issues going back to 2012.

Due to COVID-19, our regular spring Ouse Boozer will not be published. We hope to be back in the summer.

FAQ for Beer festival organisers and licensees

Beer festival organisers – we can help get the word out on our website and social media pages. Check out our Beer festival organiser FAQ page.

Licensees – if you want to know more about real ale, locale, get Ouse Boozer delivered for your pub, then check out our  Licensee FAQ page.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch – here’s our contacts page.

Unspoilt and heritage pubs

Heritage Pubs

York is blessed with a number of delightful pubs with historic interiors. Find historic York pubs, and historic pubs nationwide on the Heritage Pubs Website.

A new edition of the book, your definitive guide to the nation’s most important historic pub interiors is available on the CAMRA books online store.