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    1. Guinness certainly ain’t right in York.

      I’m OK with red wine if you fancy the Roman past, but I’m for the later, more boisterous Viking ‘settlers’ – a fresh horn of mead & keep ’em coming wench!

  1. “Roman Baths” — you mean like ones where Tony Curtis and Laurence Olivier got considerably cozy while talking about the joys of eating oysters and snails in Spartacus?

  2. Super-cool Guinness?! Jesus wept! What about say, Ainsty Ales, Bilbrough Top Brewery, Brew York, Breworks, Little Black Dog Brewing, Northallerton Brewery, Eyes Brewing and Isaac Poad & Sons? Get down!

    1. Not much significance to the black door – it doesn’t belong to The Roman Bath pub [I think, or is a door to the back yard] – just a door with a reflection opportunity I think. There’s a LOT of black timber in York around the Shambles.

      The pub is very recent [inter-wars] Tudor revival exterior with applied fake black half timbering**. Here’s the exterior with red inner door from the lobby showing:


      It’s not their fault they often go
      To Maidenhead
      And talk of sports and makes of cars
      In various bogus Tudor bars

      Poem, John Betjeman, Slough

      ** The original Tudor/Elizabethan style was bare timbers filled in with wattle & daub. The filled in bit was ‘painted’ frequently with lime wash to waterproof it which is a brilliant white. The timbers turn dark with age & in later times it became the fashion to paint the exposed timber faces of these then old buildings with coal oil tar [the original creosote] for preservation.


      The Roman Bath pub is only 90 years & it got Grade II listed status because it was built over an ancient Roman bath house that was discovered during the build. This can be visited from the pub. I’ve seen pictures of some poor sod standing outside in Centurion costume to draw the punters in.

      Hundreds [or maybe thousands?] of fake Tudor pubs were built in the UK in the 1920s & 30s as new housing moved into the countryside along the route of old railway lines & the expanding ‘A road’ network & as the better off acquired cars.

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