Popular York bar reveals its smart new look – which will make you look twice…

Makes you look twice - the new House Of The Trembling Madness sign. Photographs: Richard McDougall
22 May 2018 @ 7.59 pm
| Food & drink

Is it us, or is there something a little odd about that sign?

Popular York pub House Of The Trembling Madness is gearing up to open in its new Lendal home, and it has revealed its rather classy frontage.

The owners have chosen to keep the same font as was used by the previous encumbents, leather goods specialists Robson Cooper. Although none of their letters were painted backwards…

This is based…
…on this. Photograph © Google Street View

As they Tweeted out, “Robson Cooper lasted here for 170 years, let’s see how long this craft beer scene lasts.”

When finished, there will be a beer shop in the cellar, a ground-floor café and a bar on the upper floors.

It’s an historic building. Known as ‘Fitzwilliam House’, 14 Lendal is part of a terraced development originally comprising of two three-storey townhouses built in the early 18th century.

Number 14 Lendal is a grade II* listed building which was bought by the York Conservation Trust in 2015.

Now recruiting

The new handpulls inside the bar. Photograph © Trembling Madness on Facebook
The Trembling Madness is now recruiting, with opening planned for June. There are 30 vacancies that need to be filled.

The owners say: “You don’t need experience for working in the service sector but it helps if you have a passion for craft beer and quality food.

“We will give you all the knowledge we have and train you in all aspects of our business.”

To find out more, go to the Trembling Madness website.

House Of The Trembling Madness was opened by Ian Loftus in the former Beams Tearooms in Stonegate in 2010.

He also runs the Evil Eye on the street. He began his search for new premises for the Trembling Madness when Bettys refused to extend his lease in 2015.