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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

NORTH YORKSHIRE - York, Golden Ball

An historic pub interior of national importance

2 Cromwell Road, York, YO1 6DU

Tel: (01904) 849040


Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 5-11.00; Thu 5-11.30; Fri 4-11.30; Sat 12-11.30; Sun 12-11

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (York)

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1393746

Listing Date: 2010

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This 1929 'improvement' of a small Victorian back-street local is thought to be the most complete surviving inter-war scheme by John Smith's, the Tadcaster company who became one of the UK's biggest regional brewers and pub builders. Their remodelling here raised the ceiling heights of the cramped old interior and incorporated the corner building (originally built as the publican's house in 1881) to create a more generous layout. The resulting interior is unusual in its planning, with a single main entrance, public bar to the rear, and an intimate little seated alcove beside the servery. The 1929 scheme also created the corner off-sales (now defunct) and left a distinctive ceramic signature in the glazed brick and tiled exterior and also in the public bar's rare tiled counter-front. The only substantial post-war change has been the 1990s formation of an extra room from private quarters, left of the entrance. The Golden Ball was statutorily listed in 2010 following a successful application by CAMRA and, since late 2012, its running has been enterprisingly taken over by a local community cooperative.

Golden Ball, York
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