We stopped into Ye Olde Starre Inne for a drink in the evening being lured by the narrow passage entrance off Stonegate.
It looked quite old and turns out it is one of those permanent fixtures in the historic York area near The Shambles, being established here in 1644! Over its 370 year history it has been a hospital, morgue, inn, brewhouse, stables, posting house (for changing coach horses) and of course a public house.
There is a small courtyard out front from which you can see one of the York Minster towers. Supposedly, there is a strange acoustic feature of the yard associated with that tower. Apparently in favourable weather conditions, you can stand in that tower and hear conversations of the people standing in the courtyard! Pretty weird considering it’s a 5-minute walk or about 160 metres as the ‘crow flies’ over many rooftops!
Another critical role of the Starre Yard was the supply of water to the town. Apparently the well located in the yard was the only source of fresh water for generations of York residents!
The pub is charming on the inside - small and cosy with lots of nooks to sit within. We loved the stained glass panels near the entry! Service was good here and the ambience was enjoyable. It’s a lovely place for a romantic rendezvous or a quiet drink.
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