Nicholson's Pubs

Old White Swan, York


One of York’s oldest pubs

A collection of nine historic buildings, our pub dates back to the 16th century. The Grade II listed building was being used as an inn by 1703, making it one of the oldest pubs in the city.

Look out for the rock with four steps in our medieval courtyard. Known as a mounting stone, this was used to help passengers board their stagecoaches.

In 1781, the world’s tallest man, Mr O’Brian, who was eight feet seven inches tall, was exhibited at the pub with the landlord charging visitors a shilling to look at “the Irish Giant”.

Rumour also has it that we’re haunted by a group of Catholics who were planning to escape to France. They’ve been known to rearrange the chairs into a circle and relight the fire when we’re closed at night, but don’t worry, we’re sure they won’t disturb you during your visit…

Find us


The Old White Swan, 80 Goodramgate,
York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LF

Tel: 01904 540911

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


The Old White Swan is a collection of buildings with a rather colourful history that dates from the 16th Century. We are one of York's oldest pubs and are said to be haunted. Buildings at the rear of our courtyard date to medieval times and in 1781, the world's tallest man, Mr O'Brian, was exhibited here at the pub. O'Brian stood 8 feet tall and the then landlord charged onlookers a shilling.

Find us

The Old White Swan,80 Goodramgate,
North Yorkshire,YO1 7LF

Tel: 01904 540911

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 22:30

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 10:00 - 23:00
  • Christmas Day 11:00 - 17:00
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 23:00
  • New Years Eve 10:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 10:00 - 22:30



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at Goodramgate York, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in York.