Ye Olde Starre Inne

40 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
Call: 01904 623063

A Stunning Ancient Tavern on Historic Stonegate in York

Ye Olde Starre Inne is a fine, traditional pub in the heart of York. One of Britain’s most visited cities, York is renowned for magnificent York Minster, beautifully preserved medieval architecture and its significant role in key events throughout England’s history.

Our pub dates back to 1644 and is the city’s oldest continuously licenced inn. Built in the same year as the Siege of York, Ye Olde Starre Inne is reputed to have been commandeered as a hospital, to treat Cromwell’s wounded Roundheads. Our pub was also used as a military mortuary at this time and, even today, guests occasionally claim to hear the ghostly screams of the dying emanating from our cellar. But, unfortunate soldiers are far from Ye Olde Starre Inne’s only restless spirits; other notable apparitions include a 17th century Royalist Officer and two haunting black cats.

Finding our pub is simply a matter of looking for the imposing sign which spans Stonegate, outside Ye Olde Starre Inn. An early form of advertising, it was erected in 1733 by landlord Thomas Bulmer. The sign incurred an annual rent of four shillings to be paid by Bulmer to the owner of the house opposite, with the proviso that the money was spent in the company of both parties.

Ye Olde Starre Inne is delightfully evocative and a worthy neighbour to graceful York Minster. Located down a little lane just off Stonegate, our pub’s pretty, whitewashed building is trimmed with hanging baskets and punctuated by diamond-pane windows. The traditional interior has a wealth of period detail and includes an enormous York Stone fireplace which adds to the cosy, welcoming atmosphere on cold winter evenings. Ye Olde Starre Inne’s spacious bar is complemented by charming snugs where guests can enjoy a quiet drink in almost complete privacy. During warmer months, our pub has three lovely courtyards which are perfect for families, dog-friendly and exquisite in the evening, under the gaze of floodlit York Minster.

A Function Room with Gentle, Welcoming Charm

Our function room is warm and inviting with rich, wood panelled walls and an elegant, heritage colour scheme. Aptly named The Wood Room, it’s an ideal venue for small parties, family celebrations and business meetings. Ye Olde Starre Inne’s unrivalled history also makes our function room a wonderful choice for a private meal after exploring the ancient streets of York. Fresh and inspiring during the day or pleasantly intimate in the evening, The Wood Room comfortably seats up to 30 guests. Whatever the occasion we look forward to welcoming your function to Ye Olde Starre Inne.

An Iconic Pub in Harmony with York’s Heritage

Ye Olde Starre Inne enjoys an unrivalled location in York’s historic centre. The city’s legendary cathedral, York Minster, is so close it can be seen from our courtyard terrace, while The Shambles is just a few minutes’ walk in the opposite direction. Other, equally captivating, medieval streets surround our pub on all sides and we are just a short stroll from the banks of the River Ouse. You’ll find York Station just 10 minutes from our door and both York Racecourse and Clifford Tower are easy and pleasant journeys, worth making for the excitement and views. So, when you join us for a drink at Ye Olde Starre Inne, you’re immersed in the rich, enthralling story of our pub and at the heart of the city where it all began, over three centuries ago.

Function Room Information - The Wood Room
Capacity 40 Private Bar No
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Tour Groups, Weddings,