Being a pub reviewer is pretty fun, as jobs go. You don’t have to do much work and even when you do, the most taxing it gets when you just have to drain that last pint. Having said that since I’ve been touring the pubs I’ve been waiting to give a scathing review, to channel my inner A. A. Gill but, alas, in York, it’s just not possible.
The Tam O’ Shanter is a staple of the Lawrence Street rumble into town, especially amongst my fellow quaffers. Within the age-old question of local pub or student pub it would lean towards a local venue, but it is in no way an intimidating place. With plenty of cheap, local drinks to choose from it is also able to offer the seemingly universally popular Deuchars.
One major attraction that the Tam O’ Shanter is able to offer is karaoke. The famous Japanese past-time, which strikes either unbridled fear or unbridled joy into the heart of most, depending on the amount of units they have consumed, seems to be available on tap – if you’ll pardon the pun. It’s either very good or very bad but it is, at all times, enjoyable.
The Tam O’ Shanter doesn’t really compare with The Maltings or The Phoenix in terms of quality of pub but it’s friendly, cheap and most importantly convenient for those living on either Heslington or Hull Road. Start a night there and then sample the rest of Lawrence Street’s delightful pubs; The Rook and Gaskill, The Rose and Crown, and The Waggon and Horses are all worth a pint or five as well; a walk into town has never been so fun.