A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: II47 Alma Terrace
Tel: (01904) 645642
Real Ale: Yes
Nearby Station: York
Station Distance: 1650m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (York) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
The Wellington, reachable by a delightful riverside walk, is a classic mid-terrace, back-street local from the 1850s. It is the oldest purpose-built York pub to survive so unaltered. Left of the central flag-stoned corridor (which dog-legs round the staircase) is the quarry-tiled public bar. To the right are two small lounges, both served from the servery doorway across the corridor and both retaining their fitted seating and bell-pushes. The only major changes have been the creation of the large rectangular opening to the servery and the associated modern counter in the 1980s. One of the first statutory listings arising from a CAMRA/English Heritage pilot study in 1994.
The ‘Welly’ is a classic terraced back-street local (and a joy to stroll to from the city centre along the riverside New Walk). Dating from the 1850s, it is York's oldest purpose-built pub to survive so unaltered. Its layout, in the 'house' tradition, is centred on a through corridor which is stone-flagged and dog-legs past an open staircase. To the left is the public bar (with the servery) plus a private back room; to the right are two small lounges, both served from the corridor hatch with a ledge and half doors.
On the left is a small Public Bar with doorway, black & red diamond tiled floor laid diagonally, bar counter is a modern copy of the original, bar back panels and shelving look modern but the frame is old, stone fireplace with coal fire, re-leatherette old fixed bench seating.
Small room on the front right has doorway, re-leatheretted excellent original fixed bench seating all around, some bell pushes, a stone & new tiled and cast iron fireplace (age?) with a bevelled mirror above and coal fire.
Tiny room at rear right has door, re-upholstered fixed bench seating, bell pushes in the tongue and groove board panelling, Victorian tiled, cast iron & wood surround fireplace imported in recent years and bevelled mirror above, baffle either side of the door.
Refurbishments in 1986, 1994 and 2000 by Sam Smiths were admirably low-key - outside gents and ladies toilets. Statutorily listed in 1994 following CAMRA’s York pilot study for English Heritage.