Ye Olde Starre Inne

York, England

Ye Olde Starre Inne is York's Oldest Pub!

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Discover Ye Olde Starre Inne

The Grade II listed Ye Olde Starre Inne traces its origins back to the mid-16th century. It originally existed at the rear of a busy coaching yard off the north side of Stonegate, as a timber-framed structure with a wing added around 1600. In 1644, it was established as "The Starre,” and so today it is the oldest pub with a continuous documented licence in York—a licence, which has been proudly hanging over Stonegate, York's oldest paved road, alongside its advertising sign since 1733.

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Changing Hands and Renovations

Despite changing hands many times, even being renamed as Boddy’s Inn in the early 18th century, with people like Thomas Wyeville acquiring the property, and becoming surrounded by various modern buildings, Ye Olde Starre Inne maintains its historic appearance. Although it has undergone many renovations throughout its long history there has always been a focus on authenticity and preservation. Today, historic features include an early 18th-century staircase, 17th-century panelling, and 19th-century glasswork. Stepping inside, visitors can enjoy a real ale whilst taking in the panoramic views of other city landmarks such as York Minster.

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Ye Olde Starre Inne During the Civil War

Legend has it that the "old star" referenced in the inn's name symbolises King Charles I, aligning with the landlord's Royalist allegiance during the 1640s. However, the tides changed with the Roundheads’ victory following the Battle of Marston Moor, during the Civil War. The Parliamentarians occupied the inn, which became a site of both refuge and mourning, as its ancient 10th-century cellar was repurposed into both a makeshift hospital and mortuary for wounded soldiers.

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Ye Olde Starre Inne: Ghost Tales

As with most old buildings, they aren’t complete without their fair share of ghostly sightings. Locals tell tales of the spirit of a towering Royalist officer, two black cats believed to have been buried alive and bricked up within the bar's walls, and an old lady climbing the stairs. Apparently, the old lady ghost, dressed in black, can only be witnessed by children, making her even spookier if you ask us! These spectral sightings have led to the pub’s feature in Susanna Clarke's alternative history novel "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”.

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Despite its emptiness, the cellar remains a hotspot for paranormal activity where the piercing cries of pain from wounded soldiers, supposedly reverberate around the walls of the former hospital and mortuary.

Visiting Ye Olde Starre Inne

The pub’s sign, suspended above Stonegate, beckons visitors down a quaint passageway, which opens out into a charming courtyard and this is where you’ll find York’s oldest pub. Inside, Ye Olde Starre Inne has a spacious bar area and three inviting terraces, perfect for al fresco dining or enjoying a pint of real ale outside in the warmer months.

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Situated near popular tourist attractions such as Barley Hall and The Shambles, this historic pub allows you to immerse yourself in local York culture at the end of a long day of sightseeing. The menu includes typical British pub classics such as hand-battered fish and chips, filling pies, and burgers as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

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