It’s a great start to the year for pub-loving students and social squirrel workers as Keystones on Monkgate, famed for its huge gardens on the edge of the city’s walls, undergoes a £130,000 refurbishment ready for Wednesday 17th January.  


Whilst the Grade II listed pub, complete with medieval ice-house, is attuned to York architecture, there’s no doubting it’s modern-day appeal as five new craft beers and three draught beers, retro gaming stations, USB points in every nook and cranny, and an on point social vibe is added. There’s even been four new jobs created.


“We’re already a hot spot for work, fun and relaxation,” said manager Rob Highland, “but the truth is we’ve maxed out our current potential and so we’re regenerating, adding new social areas and a lively play zone which makes the very best of a diamond sized pub.”


Twenty inch TV’s hooked up to the retro gaming stations will show ‘old school’ classics like Donkey Kong and Asteroids. The ‘Secret DJ’, an app based virtual jukebox brings all genres of music chosen by you – now who can say that’s not a good idea.


Craft and cask are being sourced locally from the likes of Brew York, Ilkley Brewery Company, The Great Yorkshire Brewery and Beer Monkey Brew Co. Spirits got funky too with infusions like Rhubarb and Custard Sweet Gin, Pineapple and Habanero infused Rum and Watermelon Infused Vodka.

The popular MORE loyalty card that earns customers redeemable points on food and drink purchases will continue to save loyal customers money whilst a Keystones’ Man Vs Food new Ribcage Challenge will pose a dare for those who defeated the Burger Challenge. Vegans and vegetarians will be impressed and there’s food from all day breakfast, to burgers, wraps, bagels, jackets, sharers and sweets.


There’s something different everyday:

  • Monday – Double MORE Points and Retro Gaming;
  • Tuesdays Clash of the Bands with £3 Tin-Can Cocktails and 25p Churros;
  • Wing Wednesday – as many as you like fro 25p each;
  • Thursdays Craft and Cocktail drinks for just £3.00;
  • Fusion Fridays insane spirit-infused combinations every week;

Grandstand Saturdays;

  • Live NFL fills Sundays and Speed Quiz


Opening hours, Sunday to Wednesday 11am to12am; Thursday to Saturday 11am to 1am




3rd January 2018


For more information please contact:

Lucy Macfarlane

t:   020 8605 3544
m: 0771 309 8243