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A wonder to behold...
Guy Fawkes Hotel (York)
Member Name: Fairypants
Guy Fawkes Hotel (York)
Advantages: everything, ever. I'm totally nostalgic about it
Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how amazing this place is. I went to York for 4 days with my mum on monday, and we were very lucky to discover this little gem on our first day.
We didn't stay there, I'm going to suggest our hotel to the catalogue because it was absolutely amazing. This dinky little Inn however,has 12 rooms, but you would have to check out the other review for details here, as I wish I had stayed there but sadly I didn't! Believe me, I will be staying here next time I stay in York.
As we were walking into the centre from our base at Marygate, we very nearly missed it, nestled snugly in High Petergate, looking unassumingly like an office, and nothing like the aladdins cave it turned out to be. I only noticed it, when my attention was caught by the English Heritage Blue Plaque (oh yes...).
This inn is the building where Guy Fawkes was born, and lived. It is directly across the street from St Michael Le Belfry Church, which, nestling in the shadow of the minster, was Guy's church. There is so much history embedded in the walls of this building, and you can feel the atmosphere as soon as you enter the door.
I knew that I wanted to go inside when I noticed a sign on the doorstep advertising it as the only Inn in York (and as far as I know, ever) still to be lit mainly by gas light. I tell no lie.
It's amazingly atmospherical, the lights are dim and flickering, and you can smell that smell, that was new to me, but took my mum right back. The decor is suitable, plenty of dark wood and navy walls. It is dim inside, I wouldn't attempt to read, for fear of eye strain, but it is incredibly cosy, especially for a date, perhaps. Very flattering light!
The first room is small, and contains the bar, and a couple of tables. The barstaff do have some small ceiling halogens behind the bar, so no worries about receiving the wrong beverage! There are two further medium sized rooms, with amazing cosy decor, all still lit by gas. There is also a beautiful garden terrace, enought to make me want to take up nicotine!
In all, this pub is total heaven for anyone seeking a truly unique experience. We didn't dine there, but the food looked and smelled amazing, and all for a decent price. I would definately go there again, we went every night of our stay. And, on reading the description of the rooms in the other review, I would most certainly stay there too.
They had the most amazing range of ales I have never heard of, and I can tell you that the rum that I ordered was a thing of beauty. The prices were fair too, no cheaper or dearer than any other pub in York.
Summary: Amazing, I wish I was back there!