Ready for an adventure you’ll remember for years? Step this way, the Yorkshire Nicholson’s Ale & Gin trail starts right here…
We’re already proud to be based in such a beautiful part of the country, but we’re downright lucky to have 6 glorious Nicholson’s pubs across Yorkshire. Follow this trail from York to Leeds (or vice versa) and you’ll find an eclectic mix of historic pubs, each with their own characters and stories. In fact, one of our pubs used to exhibit the world's tallest man – he was 8 foot tall! – in the 17th century. You’ll have to walk the trail to find out which…
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Harkers stands on part of the site of the former Praetorian Gate, the Roman entrance to York. Remains of the original gate are still visible in our basement.
This building dates from 1824. It housed the Yorkshire Insurance Company, whose first chairman was John Pemberton. His grand office with marbled fireplace and panelled walls remains intact on the first floor.
This building has been a pub for over 400 years. The Punch Bowl sign shows allegiance to the Whig party; it guaranteed a warm welcome to supporters.
The pub has two long-term residents: the spirit of a young girl and the ghost of a 19th-century landlord who died in one of the fires.
This pub is a collection of at least nine buildings that over the years have included a barber's shop, a coaching house, a poultry market, and a pig sty. The building itself dates from the 16th century.
The four steps in the courtyard are known as mountings. Former guests used them to board their stagecoaches. In 1781 the pub exhibited an 8-foot giant, said to be the world's tallest man.
The Cross Keys takes its name from the symbol of St Peter, the dedication saint of York Minster. The original Cross Keys was demolished in 1904. This is its fine Victorian replacement, built for the local wine and spirits merchant, C J Melrose & Co.
In 1765 they built a fine gentlemen's residence on this site, but by 1789 the encroaching smoke and soot of the industrial revolution had blighted the spot. Things got worse.
In 1816 they subdivided the estate and sold it off. By the 1890s, there was a pub and concert hall here owned by a theatrical impresario called Fred Wood. The Scarbrough was a venue for talent nights.
You’ll easily find Alexandra in Prospect Place, Harrogate, located within a short stroll of Killinghall, Calcutt, Beckwithshaw, Valley Gardens Harrogate and Mercer Art Gallery.
You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Stray, Fountains Abbey, the Yorkshire Dales, as well as Harrogate’s best kept secret — Montpellier Quarter, which is home to over 50 local shops and salons.
To avoid disappointment, please check individual pub pages for opening times before your visit.
You must be over 18 or over
The free drink* in this offer is a Doom Bar or Nicholson's Pale Ale or a Tarquin’s gin
This isn’t valid with any other offer
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This offer may be withdrawn without any prior notice
Soft drinks are offered as an alternative, please ask a member of our team