York Break: Throwing yourself on the Mercy of the Parish these days…….
………….involves a trip to the Parish pub Micklegate in York. Yes, they’ve finally been and done it: made a church into a pub! Yes I know this has been done before, but this time they have kept a LOT of the church features!
Before deciding if it works or not, I would like to know WHAT would have happened to the building if it hadn’t been converted. Surely it wouldn’t have been demolished? Is it a listed building? How can it be if they have made it into a public house? And if it isn’t listed, why not? Originally St Johns church, it closed its door in 1934 and became a kind of Art venue until the 70s. What happened in the intervening years I don’t know. Our pictures came out very dark I’m afraid..
Does it work though? I think it does, in a strange way. The ‘congregation’ are of all age groups, but mostly youngsters out on the town. The music gets louder as the evening wears on. The cocktails are a bit unimaginative: sex on the beach, the usual stuff. But we went here twice and had a good time. The atmosphere is nice and the space great – room to move. I particularly liked the way the old stone worked with black marble and glass, and the whole sense of space. All in all, a pleasant experience!