Welcome to The Golden Ball, York’s first community co-operative pub in the heart of Bishophill. Please take a few moments to read our Covid-19 Guidelines before visiting our pub. If you’re not able to come into the pub but still want to try our excellent ales then why not use our Take-Out hatch at the corner – open whenever the pub is!

We are a Grade II listed free-of-tie pub with a well preserved Victorian layout and beautiful tiled bar, and are listed in CAMRA’s national inventory of historic pub interiors. The Golden Ball was in the 2020 Good Beer Guide.

We have a range of hand-pulled cask ales with an emphasis on good quality locally produced beer. Our range is a little more limited than usual because of the shortened opening hours and limited capacity that Covid-19 has brought but we aim to keep a well balanced and regularly changing range of ale.

The Golden Ball supports local independent businesses. Pre-Covid we sold locally sourced pies, scotch eggs, savoury nuts and snacks. We are still selling fresh, local, free range eggs from Johnson’s in Terrington delivered direct to the pub each week. If you’re visiting the pub why not donate a box of eggs to HOPING Street Kitchen to help them provide free meals for those in need?

Our focus is on the community and we have in the past had 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.