Welcome to the Golden Ball Co-operative free-house! The pub has a fascinating history and has always had a special place in the heart of the local community. The co-op was established in 2012 when the pub lease became available. A few people from the local area held a public meeting to discuss the potential for a community owed pub. One hundred and eighty-nine people bought a share each to secure the future of their favourite pub. Today our members are as far flung as Peru and as local as next door.
The pub has a full-time manager overseen by a voluntary board. The board is made up of members with specific expertise or just a willingness to spare some time to ensure that the co-op runs smoothly. Any member can stand for election to the board. In 2018 the board negotiated a free-of-tie lease for the Golden Ball ensuring a healthy financial future for the business.
The Golden Ball Co-operative Limited is proud to be a Real Living Wage employer.
The Golden Ball was just the 12th co-operative pub in the country and the first ever city centre co-operative pub. The pub has gone from strength to strength since the formation of the co-op. We have gained a place in CAMRA’s Real Ale Guide and received York CAMRA’s pub of the season award. We regularly feature in the local and national news.