The Golden Ball Co-Operative
The Golden Ball: A Community Co-Operative

Welcome to the Golden Ball Co-operative Freehouse! The pub has a fascinating history and has always had a special place in the heart of the local community. When the lease became available, a few driven members of the local area called a public meeting to discuss the option of a community owed pub, and the co-op was born. Members are as far flung as Peru and as local as next door, 189 people gained a share option that secured the future of their favourite pub. The pub is overseen by a voluntary board made up of members with a specific area of expertise or simply a willingness to go an extra step and ensure the co-op runs smoothly. Any member can apply to be part of the board, and recently the current team oversaw the Ball becoming free of its beer tie, which will ensure the healthy financial future of the business. A big thank you to the board for that!

As the first ever city centre co-operative pub and just the 12th in the entire country the pub has gone from strength to strength, gaining a place in CAMRA's Real Ale Guide 2014 and placing in CAMRA’s 2014 York's Best Pub competition. Redecorated and revamped, the pub gained a new lease of life. On taking over the pub as a bonafide co-operative limited company, The Golden Ball proudly opted to become a Living Wage Employer, making local and national news.

If you'd like to contact The Golden Ball about the Co-operative Limited or about the pub please use the enquiry form below. You can also contact us through Facebook or Twitter, or telephone 01904849040.