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The Golden Ball

The Golden Ball, York’s first community co-operative pub in the heart of Bishophill. We are a Grade II listed free-of-tie pub with a well preserved Victorian layout and beautiful tiled bar. We are listed in CAMRA’s national inventory of historic pub interiors.
Group 3 Copy 2 01904 849040
Group 6 Opening hours
  • Mon: 17.00 - 23:00
  • Tues: 17.00 - 23:00
  • Wed: 17.00 - 23:00
  • Thurs: 17.00 - 23:00
  • Fri: 16.00 - 23.30
  • Sat: 12.00 - 23.30
  • Sun: 12.00 - 23.00

The Golden Ball is undoubtedly one of the finest pubs within York’s walls; a well-known and much-loved landmark within the local community and the wider city.

In 2012 the lease became available and a committed group of residents took the opportunity to secure the pub’s future as a hub of the community, also becoming free-of-tie in 2018. But it’s never just been about the locals, The Golden Ball has always managed to combine a commitment to its regulars, with a truly ‘open door’ approach. Eight years on the pub remains firmly at the heart of the community while enthusiastically welcoming new-comers.

We have six hand-pulled cask ales with an emphasis on good quality locally produced beer. There are three permanent ales: the extremely local micro-brewery Treboom’s Yorkshire Sparkle, our best selling 4% very pale ale; Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter is a wonderful traditional session bitter at 3.8%; and Ainsty Ale’s beautifully balanced Assassin Oatmeal Stout 4.9% with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Alongside those are three ever-changing guest ales, we keep a range of beer styles for all tastes and always have a vegan friendly beer on too!

We like to support local independent businesses. Our pies, scotch eggs etc. come from York Pie Company and we have just started stocking nuts from York Nut Centre. We sell fresh, local, free range eggs from Johnson’s in Terrington, who deliver direct to the pub each week. If you’re at the bar why not donate a box of eggs to HOPING Street Kitchen to help them provide free meals for those in need? Occasionally we have amazing hand-made artisan bread from the nearby Bluebird Bakery.

Our focus is on the community and we have a range of events and community groups using the pub. We have hosted weddings, christenings, weekly baby groups, choirs, Christmas parties, local history groups, gardening events, art exhibitions, craft fairs, clothes swaps and charity fundraisers.

The pub hosts a variety of events weekly and throughout the year including: Open mic & Pub Quiz, much-treasured Folk Session, Live music, a Bring-a-Dish Community Food Club, Beer festivals and Fetes.

Crucially though, the pub remains what it always was – a great place to sit and enjoy a quality drink in a warm and welcoming pub.

Did you know
The pub became a community co-op in 2012 and is owned by nearly 200 people from near and far.