Guy Fawkes Inn, York
Some might describe the Guy Fawkes Inn as a tourist trap, but if all tourist traps were as elegant and authentic as this, we'd be happy reviewers. Sitting in the shadow of York Minster, this ancient property is the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, hence the name. Rather than fill the place with Fawkes-related tat, which some may have considered doing, the owners have gone the traditional route instead. The interior is split into three areas and is predominantly panelled with dark wood. Our visit found it lit by candlelight, along with the glowing embers of the dying log fire. The back bar is lighter and seemed to be where those eating were sat. At the bar was a truly excellent selection of ales and ciders - it's a shame the pewter tankards hanging at the bar were for ornamental purposes only. The food was pretty good, too. Being situated in such a prime position and boasting a hotel above, it wasn't surprising to find a fair few tourists in situ, but this didn't sully the atmosphere, which is that of a first class pub.
25 High Petergate, York, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HP
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How to find the Guy Fawkes Inn pub
Stand facing York Minster and look to your right. Guy Fawkes Inn is at the beginning of High Petergate (if you can't find York Minster you're probably not in York).