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Guy Fawkes Inn, York
It would be hard to find a more historic place to lay down your head than this 17th-century hostelry on narrow Petergate - in the shadow of two of York's famous churches. Guy Fawkes was born on this spot in 1570. The inn creaks with atmosphere, from its dark-wood floors and gas-lit dining room to its low ceilings, panelled walls and old framed prints. Bedrooms, spread over several wonky-level floors, are richly coloured and furnished with a mix of vintage and antique items; comfortable but not cluttered. Some look across the street to St Michael le Belfrey church, stepping distance from the Minster, others look over an internal courtyard with tables and a Guy Fawkes mural backdrop. Food is well above-average for a pub, and there's a decent list of real ales.
Two green spaces are within a five-minute walk: Dean's Park on the north side of the Minster with glorious Minster views, and Museum Gardens leading to the river.
Guy Fawkes Inn is in the city centre, with plenty of shops and cafés nearby, including Bettys Tea Rooms, and a five minute stroll to Dean's Park.
By car: the inn is 45 minutes from Leeds, 1 hour 40 mins from Manchester and just over 4 hours from London. The hotel can provide discounted passes for Marygate Car Park, five minutes away.
By train: London Kings Cross to York takes around 2 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
A stay here suits anyone who likes a good old-fashioned inn with a darkly romantic character, masculine-styled rooms, robust food - and doesn't mind the busy location. It's a proper bar with polished brass top, leather topped stools and brass rail on which to rest your weary feet, and candles in bottles to help illuminate.
Service & Facilities
The pub runs regular live gigs, such as blues and jazz, so it's worth checking ahead if that's your bag.
- Beer garden
- Free Wi-Fi
- Live music
It's tricky to choose a favourite room: the beamed, low-ceilinged Belfry Suite is tucked away on the top floor, but courtyard-facing rooms are cosy and tend to be quieter. We love that five of the 13 rooms offer four-poster beds which is unusual as most hotels, if they have any, only offer one or two.
Executive Double Room, Deluxe Double Room, Four Poster Double Room, Belfry Suite
Facilities include: ensuite with bath or shower, H2K toiletries, TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
The dining room is wonderfully atmospheric with its stained-wood floors and dark-painted walls, the whole place lit by gas lamps and candles. If you don't mind eating early, the two- and three-course menus (shortened forms of the a la carte) are excellent value.
The restaurant: AA Rosette, traditional British dishes, pub classics, small plates, sandwiches. Two- and three-course set menu daily 12-6pm. A la carte Mon-Thurs, 12-8.45pm; Fri and Sat, 12-9.30pm; Sundays 12-7.45pm. Mains from £11.95.